Help for Newcomers

SECC offers countless services to Newcomers to Canada to assist them in transitioning and thriving in Canadian culture, workplace, and at home.

Settlement Services

Are you new to Canada, looking for information or need assistance in settling into and getting to know your new home community? We can help.

Community Connections

When you are new to the community, connections matter. However, where to begin when you’re unsure where to start? That’s where SECC’s Community Connections programs can help.

Language Training

Day and evening English language courses are instructed by certified teachers online.

Literacy & Basic Skills

Training in math, reading, and basic work skills to help you reach your goals. Day and night classes are available.

Newcomer Youth Program

The Newcomer Youth Program is a community-based after school program for youth ages 13 to 18, new to Canada and living in the Leamington area.

High School to Community Supports Transition Program

SECC helps over-age newcomer students with transitioning from the secondary school system to various community supports to achieve their goals.

“I love coming to school everyday at SECC. Everyone who works here will help me with anything I need.”

About SECC

In 1973, a group of concerned citizens had a vision to create a community sponsored agency that would address the various needs of the people of South Essex. The vision and efforts of two individuals mobilized the communities of South Essex to create the South Essex Community Council. The leadership of Father G.H. Duchene and JoAnne Fillimore shaped the work of SECC as a collaborative community-based, multi-service agency.