Newcomer Skills Accelerator Program

Take part in the Newcomer Skills Accelerator Program hosted by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. Our program gives newcomer youth the chance to gain valuable volunteer experience and access to mentors and training modules. By utilizing our program, partner organizations can save time and resources when recruiting from our group of volunteers and help ease their integration into Canadian culture.

Our Program

The Newcomer Skills Accelerator Program welcomes volunteers, partner organizations, volunteer mentors and a youth panel. Develop your Canadian experience through high-value volunteer service work and establish yourself in the community while contributing to its success, take advantage of exclusive mentorship and training opportunities.


are newcomer youth who have arrived in Canada in the past 10 years and are 18 to 30 years old. Volunteers can choose a volunteer placement opportunity and the organization they want to do it with.

Partner Organizations

will have access to a group of talented and motivated young volunteers who are eager to contribute their time and skills to your organization. Your organization can demonstrate its dedication to diversity and inclusion by joining our program.

Volunteer Mentors

will help guide and support our newcomer youth along their volunteer journey. Mentors can learn leadership skills, build coaching skills, and develop cross-cultural communication skills.

Youth Panel

volunteers will offer input and guidance to help shape our Newcomer Skills Accelerator Program. You only need to complete four short surveys.

funded by the Government of Canada under the Canada Service Corps.

Newcomer Skills Accelerator Program is funded by the Government of Canada under the Canada Service Corps.

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Become a Volunteer 

Volunteers get full freedom to choose their own placement according to their skills, career goals and availability in a reputable Canadian charity. You will get access to mentorship, training and supplementary learning opportunities, a reference letter and other exciting perks along the journey!

Participation Requirements

  • Aged 18-30 
  • Arrived in Canada in the last 10 years and are a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Granted Refugee
  • 120 hours of volunteer service commitment

Become a Partner Organization

Are you looking to create a vibrant and inclusive volunteer community while empowering young newcomers? Our program provides a unique opportunity to save you time and resources by utilizing our group of talented and ambitious newcomer youth volunteers. We handle the recruitment process so your organization can focus on its core operations and goals while making a positive impact on the lives of these individuals. 

Become a Volunteer Mentor

Are you friendly, enthusiastic and eager? Do you want to help newcomer youth establish themselves and their careers in Canada? We are seeking volunteer mentors to help guide and support our newcomer youth who have started their journey to volunteering in Canada in our Newcomer Skills Accelerator Program.  

Perhaps you were (or are!) a newcomer to Canada yourself. Do you remember when you arrived, and the feeling of isolation and ‘not fitting in’ that you had? What support do you wish you had back then? Even if you are not a newcomer, perhaps you are a current or past volunteer and want to help others cultivate a passion for service. This may be the opportunity you are looking for. Consider helping a newcomer youth on their journey to becoming a full and active Canadian citizen. We need you! 

By becoming a volunteer mentor, you will help the newcomer youth volunteer and gain your own successes along the way, such as leadership, coaching and developing cross-cultural communication skills.  

Be part of our Volunteer Youth Panel

Are you 18 to 30 years old and arrived in Canada in the last 10 years?  Would you like to provide some insight into this program? If so, click here for more information. 


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“Open-ended questions provided in the host guide were very helpful. Diversity and inclusion were highlighted topics. Being free and living in peace was expressed with gratitude. Greatly supported & respected the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives & honoured guests. The day certainly felt balanced with a strong Indigenous presence. An emotional, beautiful and humbling experience.”