Join the 8th annual Toronto Newcomer Day on May 25 at Nathan Phillips Square

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: Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.

Event Highlights

  • Entertaining performances
  • Colouring for children
  • Free Tim Hortons beverages
  • Food Trucks
  • Interactive activities
  • Information Fair
  • Newcomer Marketplace sponsored by Desjardins
  • Newcomer food fair
  • Prizes and giveaways
  • The Welcome Gesture
  • Henna artist
  • Mock Voting Exercise
  • HistoricTO Neighbourhood Walking Tours
Some of these activities have additional information down below.

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 wide 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 newcomer’s knowledge of programs available to them. Exhibitor applications are now closed.

Information Fair Exhibitors

Community Agencies and other External Stakeholders

City of Toronto Divisions

Participants have the opportunity to be awakened to a new perspective of the neighbourhood surrounding Toronto’s City Hall, on a 30 minute walking tour led by Toronto History Museums.

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Duration: 30 minutes per session

Registration: To register your group for this activity, please contact Adriana Pena at Adriana.Pena@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 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.

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

Participants have the opportunity to design pre-made miniature Tipis while learning 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 p.m.

Duration: 10 to 30 minutes per session

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

Placemaking is the act of strengthening the connection between people and the places they share. In a city as rapidly changing as Toronto, participants will have an opportunity to identify sites of cultural significance and share place-linked memories. These places can range from a gas station parking lot to a body of water in your neighbourhood. This mapping activity explores stories within local, perhaps under-recognized, landmarks and help create our own visual placemaking map for Toronto.

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Duration: 20 minutes per session

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

Artists will guide students and other guests in the art of origami to transform large pieces of paper into spoons. The finished piece will see these large spoons constructed together to form a large dish with one spoon remaining in reference to the dish with one spoon agreement dating as far back as 1142 and further formalized in 1701.

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Duration: up to 30 minutes per session

Registration: To register your group for this activity, please contact Adriana Pena at Adriana.Pena@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 take a historical look through time at the Chinese population and the different Chinatowns in Toronto, to learn more about these communities and their histories.

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Duration: 45 minutes per session

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

The City of Toronto’s Play Mobile is a City sports initiative, developed in partnership with Nike, designed to engage children, youth, families and adults in sports across Toronto. The Play Mobile provides fun outdoor opportunities for Toronto residents to try a variety of sports.

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Registration: Pre-registration is not required

The Municipal and Provincial elections are both taking place in 2022. To encourage civic engagement amongst youth and newcomer groups, staff from the City Clerk’s Office will share information about ways to engage civically with the City. Participants have the opportunity to vote on issues important to them as part of a simulated mock voting exercise.

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Registration: Pre-registration is not required

2022 Event Sponsors

Desjardins logo
Tim Hortons logo
New Canadians TV logo
Chatr Mobile logo
Star Metro Land logo
Paragon testing logo

 

Metrolinx logo

2022 Community Partners

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