Welcome to Guelph program

Moving to a new country and city can be exciting, yet disorienting as you adapt to a new life abroad.

To help you transition to living in our beautiful and caring city, the City of Guelph has introduced the Welcome to Guelph program.

Note: OnYourWay cards are replacing Welcome to Guelph cards. Those who currently have a valid Welcome to Guelph card can continue to use them, until the card expires. New Welcome to Guelph program participants will get an OnYourWay card. As of January 1, 2025, all Welcome to Guelph cards will have been phased out.

This program includes an OnYourWay card with a Welcome to Guelph sticker on the back, which provides temporary free access to:

Please note: The Welcome to Guelph program does not include participation in any registered swimming/skating programs or lessons, or access to the fitness centres. Visit guelph.ca/recreation for schedules.

How to apply

The Welcome to Guelph program is available to individuals who:

  • came to Canada as a refugee, and
  • arrived in Canada within the past 12 months, and
  • are currently residing in Guelph.

Assess your eligibility and begin the application process by visiting:

For more information

Community Investment
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