Helpful Links

Government of Canada, Citizenship and Immigration

On this website, you will be able to find information about services, policies and programs that help newcomers integrate into Canada and enhance the values and promote the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship.

Manitoba START

A newcomer's first stop in Manitoba, this is a central registration and referral service that will link you to the resources and programs you will need to live in Manitoba.

You can visit the office at 271 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

Hours:   Monday-Thursday: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm

Friday:  8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Or you can make an appointment to see an advisor by phoning 204-944-8833. Website:

Online Self-Assessment

If you are curious to test yourself in English or French, this site will give you a general range of Benchmark scores. It will likely take you about two hours to complete: 

Applying for Citizenship

As of November 1, 2012, adults between 18 and 54 who apply for citizenship must submit proof that they meet the language requirement for citizenship. The Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test is NOT one of the accepted documents for this  process. You can find a list of acceptable documents here: Find out if you have the language proof for citizenship

Refugee Resettlement

For refugees resettling to Canada: an overview of what to expect, including services and supports that will be provided to help get settled in Canada. 

Also available in French, Arabic, Farsi, Somali, Swahili, Tigrinya