Call 211 to find information on all social services in Oxford County.
Service available in over 150 languages!
Your first days in a new community can be difficult and stressful. You will likely have many questions as you get settled. The following information and links should help make these days easier.
First Days in Ontario Guide
The Government of Ontario’s Welcome to Ontario, First Days in Ontario, and Building a New Life in Ontario guides are available here in several different languages.
Finding a Home: Renting in Oxford County
Oxford County offers a variety of very affordable rental options.
Average rent per month by apartment type for Oxford County in 2010
Housing Now Oxford
can help you to find safe and affordable housing in the County and connect you with:
Information Oxford provides a listing of Real Estate and Rental Agencies in Oxford.
Finding a Home: Buying in Oxford County
Buying a house in Oxford County is much more affordable than in nearby larger cities. In the safe, friendly communities of Oxford, you and your family will
be able to enjoy more space for much more reasonable prices.
Average House Price Comparison as of March 2012
$180 000 - $220 000 (depending on community)
GTA (Greater Toronto Area)
Visit the Woodstock & Ingersoll District Real Estate Board to find
updated comparative statistics each month.
Information Oxford also provides a complete list of Real Estate Brokers/Agents in Oxford.
Community Employment Services offers supports and services to help new immigrants settle in Oxford County. Services include information and orientation, assistance with immigration and Canadian documentation, and much more.
Key Support Services
Banking and Finance
The Ottawa Community Loan Fund (OCLF) organization has recently developed a Newcomer Finances Toolkit, produced with funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The kit is designed for service providers to use with their clients, but there is tremendous value in the kit to use on your own. Start with the instructors manual, which will give you an overview of the toolkit as well as helpful information on how to use it, or make an appointment with Community Employment Services – Settlement Services staff for hands on help.
Click here to access the Newcomer Finances Toolkit.
Community Employment Services is located at :
40 Metcalf Street
Karen Oldroyd – Settlement Worker
Finding What You Need
Making your home in a new community, you'll need to know where to buy what you need.
The Information Oxford directory provides listings of:
Buy Local In Oxford
Oxford County has many farmer's markets and shops. Help support local communities by shopping local. There is much more than just produce- you can find all
sorts of locally made products.
Check out the Buy Local Map to see what is near you.
Phone, Internet, TV
One of the first things you will need when you arrive in Oxford will be a phone or internet connection.
Information Oxford provides listings of all:
An important first step when you come to Canada will be to open a Canadian bank account.
If you are moving to Oxford from somewhere else in Canada, you will need to know where to find a bank or credit union in your new community.
Select a bank or a credit union near your home or work. To open an account you will need your residency documentation and proof of your address.
Information Oxford provides a listing of banks and credit unions in Oxford County.
Getting from place to place in a new community is always a challenge, but Oxford County residents have several transportation options.
Of the communities in Oxford County, only Woodstock offers regular public transit service.
Visit Woodstock’s Transit Information page to learn about the City’s Go Green Transit System.
Information Oxford provides local listings of:
Moving to a new country is a huge decision and it is important to do your research to make sure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.
Your first days in a new community can be difficult and stressful. You will likely have many questions as you get settled.
Once you have made it through your first few days, you will begin to get settled here in Oxford.
Soon you will feel right at home in Oxford.