Join as a newcomer participant!

Bike Host newcomer participants are from around the world and have typically lived in Canada anywhere from a few months to 3 years (but there is no maximum to participate). They know how to ride a bicycle, and will be able to borrow a Bike Host bicycle for the summer if they don’t have a bicycle of their own.

Through the program, newcomer participants will gain confidence riding in the city, enjoy fun and healthy outdoor activities, meet people, and gain meaningful Canadian experience. The program falls within CultureLink’s civic engagement mentorship category, as a New Canadian Experience initiative that provides newcomers with volunteer experience, which counts as bona fide work experience.

Requirements to register as a Bike Host newcomer participant include the following:

*. Must be a Convention refugee or permanent resident (documents required)
*. Must be 19 years or older
*. Can commit to 30 volunteer hours
*. Speak English (LINC 4 or above)
*. Know how to ride a bicycle
*. Pass a group interview

If you have any questions, contact Rubeen Chauhan, Mentorship Program Worker: or 416-588-6288 x231.

Bike Host is affiliated with CultureLink’s Community Connections Mentorship Program, funded by Citizenship, Immigration and Refugees Canada. In 2018, it is offered in collaboration with the South Riverdale Community Health Centre (SRCHC) and Scarborough Cycles, a project funded by the Metcalf Foundation and led by the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, a project of Clean Air Partnership, with partners Cycle Toronto, the Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank, and CultureLink.

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* 1. Do you have a valid Permanent Resident (PR) card or landing paper or letter of acceptance for Convention Refugees?

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* 2. Have you been matched with a CultureLink Mentor before: