*FULL* Swimming Lessons for Newcomers


Learn to swim this summer! Please note this event is ONLY for families with NO SWIMMING EXPERIENCE at this time.

Are you a family without any prior swimming experience? Join us June 12-26 for 5 free swimming lessons!

First 18 families welcomed.

Session dates: June 12, 17, 19, 24 & 26
Time slots: 5-5:45 pm and 6-6:45 pm

SWIS/Family Library Discovery Day

Saturday, June 8th, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Jake Epp Library
255 Elmdale St, Steinbach

Join other newcomer families to learn what the Jake Epp Library all has to offer your family! Join us for a library tour, story time, and snacks. For Steinbach residents, there will also be time to sign up for a free Library card (bring your driver license).

Registration limited to 15 families. Register here.

Questions? Contact Roxanne at roxanne@eastmanis.com

Travel Documents

As the summer months are approaching and vacations are being planned, EIS staff want to make sure you are ready for whatever travel lies ahead. This includes keeping your immigration documents and visas up to date.

If you are a Canadian Citizen, check the expiry date on your passport. Renewing your passport takes 10-20 business days plus mail time.

If you are a Permanent Resident, make sure to check the expiry date on your PR Card as well as your passport. You cannot return to Canada with an expired PR Card and can only renew your card within Canada. If you are outside of Canada with an expired PR Card, you will have to apply for a PRTD (Permanent Resident Travel Document). The PRTD can only be requested outside of Canada. A PRTD takes a minimum of 3 weeks to be processed.

If you are a Work or Study Permit holder and are planning to travel, you will need a valid travel document to return to Canada. A Work/Study Permit is not a travel document. You will need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to return to Canada. Make sure to check the expiry date on your permit, passport, and travel document before travelling outside of Canada.

For any additional questions regarding travel, you can speak to any of our settlement facilitators. Please note, EIS staff are not immigration consultants. Settlement Facilitators can give general information regarding immigration documents and will refer if needed.

English Classes Registration

Registration in our English classes is reserved for newcomers living in Manitoba. Our English courses are free for Canadian citizens and people living in Manitoba on a study permit, work visa, CUEAT, or as a refugee or permanent resident.

English for Work Spring class registration is open. Please email english@eastmanis.com and instructions for signing up will be sent to you. You will need a client number. If you do not have a client number, please call our office at 204-346-6609 or stop by in person at D4-284 Reimer Avenue to get one. You will be given a card with your number for future use if you are a current client or an intake appointment will be set up if you need to be registered.

The following Spring classes will take place at Eastman Education Centre, 385 Loewen Boulevard in Steinbach on the days listed.

Mondays & Wednesdays (April-June)
6:30-8:30 pm

CLB 6 Writing Class (Monday only) – 3 spots left!

Mondays & Thursdays (April-June)
10:30am – 12:30pm

CLB 4/5

Tuesdays & Thursdays (April-June)
6:30-8:30 pm

CLB 1-2
CLB 6/7 – FULL
CLB 4/5 Writing Class (Thursday only)

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday (May-June)
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

CLB 1-2

Tuesdays (April 23 – July 9)
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Pronunciation CLB 4 – CLB 9

Fridays (May 17 – July 12)
6:30-8:00 pm

Pronunciation CLB 4 – CLB 9

If you have questions, please email english@eastmanis.com.

Newcomer Assistance Sessions (Interlake)

New to Canada and the Interlake region? Eastman Immigrant Services are here to help!

Visit us during a session in Ashern, Arborg, or Gimli.

We will be there to answer your questions or help you fill out necessary paperwork.

Please call ahead to schedule your appointment at 431-303-9548

HIPPY Program

The Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program is a school readiness program offered to newcomer families with children ages 3, 4 and 5.  Trained HIPPY Home Visitors come to your house to show you how to create a learning environment for your preschoolers and help you, the parent, prepare your child for success in the Canadian school system.

HIPPY is a 30-week program that provides books, educational materials and fun activities for mom or dad to do with their child. The curriculum is designed just for them. Parents can attend group meetings to meet other HIPPY parents, discuss their progress, learn about Canadian culture and HAVE FUN!

For questions or more info, please contact Joelle at 431.441.2289 or joelle@eastmanis.com.