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Moving to Saskatoon

Saskatoon is a warm, welcoming people place, where many diverse traditions, religions and languages are respected and celebrated.

Newcomer Information Centre

The Newcomer Information Centre (NIC) is an important first stop for any newcomer to Saskatoon. You can find information and referral to housing, schools, language assessments, English classes, settlement services and community programs that are available.  No appointment is necessary to go to the NIC. NIC Staff are there to welcome you and help you find the program or service you may be looking for.  Public computers, a printer, photocopier, scanner, phone and fax machine (for local use) are available. NIC services are free of cost.

NIC is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

There are a number of organizations in Saskatoon which offer different services to newcomers. The four main immigrant-serving organizations are:

Global Gathering Place (GGP)
International Women of Saskatoon (IWS)
Saskatchewan Intercultural Association (SIA)
Saskatoon Open Door Society (SODS)

The NIC will be able to give you more information on the programs for newcomers offered by these and other organizations.

Cultural Organizations

Throughout its history, Saskatoon has welcomed people from a wide variety of cultures. Therefore, there are a number of cultural organizations, both large and small, which operate in the city. The Newcomer Information Centre should be able to provide you with more information.

The Saskatoon Multilingual School offers classes in a number of different languages for both children and adults. Many of these classes are offered through different cultural associations.

Folkfest, a three day celebration of the different cultures making up Saskatoon, occurs in August each year. Some cultural associations host a pavilion and work hard to provide entertainment, food, and cultural education to the many people attending Folkfest.

Leisure and Recreational Activities

Each neighbourhood Community Association offers low cost activities throughout the year for community residents. Taking part in these activities is a wonderful way to learn, keep active, and meet people in your new neighbourhood! Check out our list of Community Associations and their activities.

The City of Saskatoon operates six different Leisure Centres, which offer fitness classes, courts, pools, and other activities. There are also several golf courses and outdoor pools, which are open in the summer, and skating rinks and cross-country ski trails, which operate in the winter.  There are great family-friendly attractions such as the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo and Nutrien Playland at Kinsmen Park

A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document provides basic information, in a variety of languages, about participation at the City of Saskatoon Leisure Centres. Select your language from the list below:

Amharic
Bengali
Chinese
English
French
German
Hindi
Karen
Korean
Farsi
Russian
Somali
Spanish
Tagalog
Tigrinya
Ukrainian
Urdu
Vietnamese

Three times each year, the City of Saskatoon publishes a Leisure Guide, which is delivered free to each household. This Guide lists the activities available at each Leisure Centre, the activities offered by the different Community Associations, as well as activities offered by other organizations. See our most recent Leisure Guide.

Volunteering

Saskatchewan people have a strong history of donating their time and effort to organizations or other people. In fact, Saskatchewan has one of the highest volunteer rates in Canada! Volunteering is an excellent way to get involved in the community, meet new people, practice language skills, and share your talents and skills with others. You may be able to volunteer with your Community Association, non-profit organizations, or your child’s school or other activities.

Learn more about volunteering with Community Associations