Save the date for the 5th annual Toronto Newcomer Day! All Torontonians are invited to join us in welcoming newcomers in Toronto with activities and entertainment at this showcase of Toronto’s diverse communities.

Date: Thursday, May 16
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.

Event Highlights

  • Art exhibit
  • City Hall tours
  • Entertaining performances
  • Citizenship ceremony
  • Colouring for children
  • Free Tim Hortons beverages
  • Food trucks
  • Gardening activity
  • Interactive activities
  • Information fair
  • Newcomer marketplace
  • Newcomer food fair
  • Prizes and giveaways
  • “Welcome Gesture”

First proclaimed in 2015, Toronto Newcomer Day is an annual event held in May that welcomes newcomers to Toronto, helps them understand and access a range of services, and celebrates their contributions to the city. The event features a number of activities including a formal stage program, a citizenship ceremony for new Canadians, tours of City Hall, a newcomer marketplace, and an information fair.

Toronto Newcomer Day includes an information fair that promotes newcomers’ knowledge of programs available to them. Exhibitor applications are now closed.

View a list of information fair exhibitors.

Participants have the opportunity to learn more about Toronto’s City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square as part of the tour.

Time: tours run from 10 a.m. to noon.

Duration: 35 minutes per tour

Registration: To register your group for this activity, please contact Kera Vijayasingham at Kera.Vijayasingham@toronto.ca and specify the number of participants, age ranges, and your estimated time of arrival at the event for planning purposes.

The Welcome Gesture, led by Dreamwalker Dance Company, is a grand scale Public Action featuring hundreds of ESL and LINC students at Nathan Phillips Square.

This activity is part of The Welcome Project, a dance and movement experience that supports the Canadian values of celebration of diversity, mutual respect, and freedom of self-expression.

All Newcomer Day event guests are welcomed to participate in The Welcome Gesture at 12:15 p.m. to mark the opening of the formal stage program.

Welcome Project Ambassadors will be at Nathan Phillips square to provide additional information about the activity.

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Learn more about The Welcome Gesture prior to Toronto Newcomer Day.

Not Just Numbers: Representation in the Canadian Census is a heritage game that focuses on the Canadian census. Using clues and historical evidence, participants reconstruct the life of a historical Canadian with Not Just Numbers’ innovative three-round format. Participants will learn the stories behind the contributions, decisions, and trials of new and landed Canadians.

Time: 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Duration: The game takes 45 minutes to complete

Registration: To register your group for this activity, please contact Kera Vijayasingham at Kera.Vijayasingham@toronto.ca and specify the number of participants and age ranges for planning purposes.

This workshop is an incredibly healing experience. It encompasses teachings of the hand drum and how it is used in ceremony. A beautiful mix of traditional, ceremonial, contemporary, and original hand drum songs delivered by Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone are sung and taught through kinaesthetic ways of knowing. This workshop is ideal for children of all ages, youth, adults, and seniors.

Time: 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Duration: 1 hour per session

Registration: To register your group for this activity, please contact Kera Vijayasingham at Kera.Vijayasingham@toronto.ca and specify the number of participants and age ranges for planning purposes.

This activity encourages students and other guests to paint on a large blank canvas a message of welcome for newcomers in response to the statement “you belong here because…” The final canvas will be a framed piece of art which will be donated to a charitable organization.

Time: 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Duration: up to 30 minutes per session

Registration: To register your group for this activity, please contact Kera Vijayasingham at Kera.Vijayasingham@toronto.ca and specify the number of participants, age ranges, and your estimated time of arrival at the event for planning purposes.

Participants have the opportunity to design pre-made miniature Tipis while learning directly from residential school survivors about Indigenous culture, the prominent role of women in Indigenous Nations, and the diversity of Indigenous Nations on Turtle Island (Mother Earth).

Time: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Duration: 10-30 minutes per session

Registration: To register your group for this activity, please contact Kera Vijayasingham at Kera.Vijayasingham@toronto.ca and specify the number of participants, age ranges, and your estimated time of arrival at the event for planning purposes.

Facilitated by the City of Toronto’s Children’s Services, the pop-up map is a fun and interactive activity that children, youth, and adults can play with to map out their experiences with childcare and early learning in Toronto. The final map at the end of Toronto Newcomer Day will be a collective illustration of participants’ experiences, needs, and feedback for childcare and early learning in the city.

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Registration: Pre-registration is not required.

Event Sponsors

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada logo.
Logo for Tim Hortons
Star Metro Land Media logo
Purple and orange logo for Chatr mobile TM
Royale logo - white kittens on blue background
New Canadian TV Show logo - red play button with Canada goose

Event Partners

Canada's Leading English Language Test logo - gold maple leaf
Air Miles logo - airplane flying in blue circle.
Meridian logo

Community Partners

  • Neighbourhood Arts Network
  • Dreamwalker Dance Company
  • Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre
  • Toronto Ward Museum
  • Toronto East Quadrant Local Immigration Partnership
  • Regent Park Catering Collective
  • VIBE Arts