Life Skills

In this section, you will find useful information for life skills that can help you with everyday tasks such as getting your driver’s license, cooking and laundry.

•  How to apply for a Birth Certificate

If you do not have your birth certificate, or if you lost it, you can apply for one online.  You need your birth certificate if you apply for your driver’s license, your passport, and/or your Social Insurance Number (SIN) card.  If costs $35 to apply online.

•  Getting your Ontario Driver’s License

If you want to get a driver’s license in Ontario, you must go through the Graduated Licensing program.  The program is 20 months and it allows you to graduate from one level to the next as you gain more experience as a driver.  At the G1 level, there are certain rules you have to follow to learn how to drive and when you can drive.  You must pass a road test to graduate to the G2 level.  At the G1 and G2 levels, there is a zero blood alcohol restriction.  You must pass another road test to graduate to the final G level.  Anyone under the age of 21 must have a zero blood alcohol level to drive legally.  Visit the website for more information.

•  Internet Safety

Do you know that any pictures, personal details and information you share online stay online forever? Even if you try to delete these things, once you put hem online they are often cached on website servers and never really gone.  The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has a website that can help you with resources and tips about how to stay safe on the Internet.

•  Recipe Tips

Do you want to learn how to cook better?  This website can teach you!  It offers lots of recipes and can answer many kinds of cooking questions like:

•  How long do I have to cook a piece of fish?
•  How much ground turkey do I need to buy for 1 serving?
•  What temperature should I set my oven at to a piece of chicken?

Visit the website and make the perfect meal today!

•  Canada’s Food Guide

Do you ever wonder how big a serving size should be?  Or how much protein and carbohydrates you should eat in a day?  Ever wonder what kind of foods are healthy and which ones you should avoid?  The Canada Food Guide helps you keep track of your healthy eating habits.  It is available in 12 languages.

•  KraftRecipes.com

Kraft Foods’ website can help you prepare food ahead of time so you always have healthy food when you have no time to cook.  It offers many great recipes and meal tips for healthy eating

•  Laundry Instructions

Laundry tags and cleaning instructions can be confusing.  If you need to know what those little symbols mean so you don’t shrink your favourite pair of pants, visit their website.

•  Flipp

This website has the weekly flyers for all the major grocery stores so you can stay on budget and plan your grocery trip.  Check the flyers to get the sales and save! Did you know that NoFrills and Wal-Mart price match?  Show the sale in the app to get the same prices at these two stores and your savings will continue to add up!

•  Stain Removal Guide

Got hair dye on your forehead and can’t get it off?  If you have a stain that you can’t get out, check out this handy list of common stains and how to remove them.

•  HowStuffWorks.com

Have you ever wondered exactly how your fridge works? Or how to take care of your stove properly?  This website shows you how your appliances work and how to take care of them.  It also has helpful guides for simple home improvement projects and tips about how to take care of your lawn.