COSTI O2O PROGRAM LAUNCHES ARRIVEON APP FOR NEWCOMERS TO ONTARIO
ArriveOn is a free, bilingual, mobile app that helps immigrants, refugees and International Students in Ontario, Canada find information and services to navigate their settlement journey. From finding a job or a place to live, to learning English or French or accessing health care, ArriveON has everything newcomers need to get started on their new community.
Designed by COSTI’s Orientation to Ontario (O2O) Program and funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada and the Province of Ontario, the information available on ArriveON is grouped into six sections: Getting to Know Canada and Ontario, Living in your New Community, Education and Training, Working and Business, Money and Personal Finances, and People and the Environment, and is based on the content of the O2O Workbook.
“Each section has several topics that give information for the whole province, including websites and phone numbers for government offices,” says O2O General Manager, Rahila Mushtaq. “Users can explore these topics, bookmark the ones that are relevant to them and find nearby programs and services using the geolocation feature without ever needing to create an account or disclose personal information. Furthermore, the information can be saved to the user’s device and accessed later on without an Internet connection.
Throughout the App, users will find references to information that can be found in the Welcome to Canada guide published by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.
ArriveON also connects users to relevant government websites and phone numbers. Users can call 911, 211, and ConnexOntario’s mental health services with just one click! ArriveON will be a significant aid in helping newcomers successfully settle in Ontario.