COA Adult Participant Workbook
The Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA) Participant Workbook presents practical information that refugees need to know before they resettle to Canada, so they can make informed decisions about their new life. Information contained in the workbook is presented in simple language and in a visual manner that both conveys meaning and aids in retention. It is a tool used during in-person pre-arrival orientation sessions and during refugees’ self-study.
The COA Participant Workbook was developed in consultation with IRCC, external partner organizations who assist refugees, field experts and refugees themselves.
The workbook covers topics, such as travel preparation, initial settlement and life in Canada, which includes services, housing, health, education, employment, budgeting and transportation. It contains tailored information on mental health, Indigenous Peoples in Canada, diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, sexual characteristics, as well as information about people with disabilities. It also includes a section on the linguistic duality of Canada and information about Francophone communities. Throughout the workbook, content on diversity, rights and responsibilities, family law and cultural norms is included.
COA Youth Participant Workbook
The COA Youth Participant Workbook is designed for participants between the ages of 13 and 19 years old. It is a collection of information and activities covering topics that are of interest to youth preparing for settlement to Canada. These topics include cultural adaptation, health and safety, education, and employment for youth. The COA Youth Participant Workbook was developed in partnership with YMCA Canada. The Youth Workbook is available in select languages only.
COA Adult and Youth activities toolboxes
A repository of tactile and visual materials used for COA activities, including role-plays, visual storyboards, image puzzles, problem-solving scenarios, and information retention games and quizzes.