Online & Community Resources for Students

Legal Disclaimer: Although we have done our best to compile thorough, relevant and accurate resources in this guide, Mohawk College does not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Mohawk College is not responsible for the use of the information contained in this guide or linked from these web pages contained in the links below.

Quick Links


Mental Health & Counselling Services

24/7 Live Support

  • Empower Me (for all students)
    24 hours, 7 days a week, confidential
    Phone: 1-833-628-5589 (Canada & US)
    Empower Me website
  • Good2Talk provides services to all postsecondary students in Ontario. Call 1-866-925-5454 or text 686868.
  • Crisis Service Canada: suicide prevention and support
  • ConnexOntario: Addiction, Mental Health, and Problem Gambling Treatment Services. Call 24/7 for mental health and addictions system navigation and information: 1-866-531-2600
  • Kids Helpline: for children and teens

Mental Health Emergencies

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please:

  • Go to the nearest hospital emergency department
  • Call 9-1-1
  • Call COAST Hamilton at 905-972-8338

Mohawk Counselling

  • Counselling Service will continue Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm by phone. Please email counselling [at] for an appointment.
  • Please provide your phone number and student number in your email.
  • Learn more about Counselling Services.

Other Resources


Public Health & Safety

COVID-19 Government Information Health Insurance (for international students only)

Mohawk College Health Centre

For more information visit the Health Centre website.

StudentCare Insurance

Full-time Mohawk College students enrolled in programs requiring payment of the ancillary fees to the MSA in September, January, or May are automatically covered by the Plan.


Food-Related Resources

Food Banks

Food banks provide food items on an emergency basis to individuals and families in need. Food banks usually provide a 1-3 day supply of food, once a month to once every three months, per individual or family. Most food banks distribute baby food. Check to see if the food bank is open before you go in person. Identification for each family member and proof of income and/or residency may be required.

Food Subscription Services

Free Meals

  • 541 Eatery & Exchange: Located at 541 Barton Street East, this eatery is handing out free bagged lunches to community members in need.
  • Caremonger Grocery Kit Request (Hamilton). Free food donation program in Hamilton, prioritizing those including individuals who are sick, disabled, marginalized communities, and migrants. 
  • Good Shepherd Men’s Centre: Located at 135 Mary Street. Take away meals available from 3:30pm-4:15pm. Call: 905-528-9109
  • Living Rock: For youth aged 25 and under. Located at 30 Wilson Street. Mornings: Breakfast available at the side door, Monday to Friday from 9am-10am. Afternoons: Meals available at the side door Tuesday to Thursday from 4-5pm. Food hampers also available. Weekends: Food hampers and meals available from 1-4pm at the side door. Call: 905-528-7625
  • Salvation Army: Located at 94 York Boulevard. Lunches served 11:45am-12:30pm in the back parking lot.
    • Salvation Army Soup Van: Location 1: Bayfront at Strachan and McNab from 8pm to 8:45pm. Location 2: Barton at Birch from 9:00pm to 9:45pm.

Grocery Delivery (food and other items)


Financial Support

Financial Support Organizations

Credit Counselling Society


Credit Canada

  • Non-profit agency that provides credit counseling, debt management, money management counselling and free online resources. Call: 1-800-267-2272
  • Credit Canada website


Catholic Family Services Hamilton


Filing Taxes in Canada


Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

  • ISAC resource -  Community legal aid support. We recommend that you check with the relevant government website for updated information.

Guides to Financial Support

Guide to financial support from the government: This website has been adapted from information compiled and published freely by Dr. Jennifer Robson, Associate Professor of Political Management at Carleton University. You can read the original document here. Dr. Robson is not affiliated with Mohawk College. Any errors or omissions in adapting Dr. Robson’s are the sole responsibility of Mohawk College.

Financial Support for Individuals (City of Hamilton): This site lists some financial supports that are available to help individuals and families experiencing challenges due to COVID-19.

Mo' Money

Money can be a major stressor for many people. This is especially true for students who may be facing financial uncertainties during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please visit the Mo' Money website for continuous updates on our upcoming workshops, and on the financial resources available to support students during this time including:

  • Fraud and Scams Targeting COVID-19 Fears: How to Recognize it, Reject it and Report it
  • Financial Aid Supports and Resources: Updates from the Government of Canada
  • Free Webinar Sessions (Dealing with financial uncertainties during COVID-19)
  • Free Financial Counselling supports
  • Money Management Tools
  • Filing Your Taxes - Updates

Please contact momoney [at] for any questions and supports.

Please contact financialassistance [at] for matters relating to OSAP, Awards and other financial supports.


Shelter & Housing



Work & Permit Resources for International Students


International Student Connect

​​​International Student Connect offers settlement information and orientation to international students pursuing a post-secondary education in Ontario. Their website offers a number of free webinars and fact sheets.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Visit the IRCC website for updates relating to work and study permits.

Migrant Students United

  • Call or text their free information hotline if you have problems at work or questions about your study/work permit, immigration, access to healthcare and social services or your rights as an international student: 1-647-858-2854
  • Migrant Students United website
  • Facebook: Migrant Students United

YMCA Employment & Immigrant Services

The YMCA of Hamilton, Burlington and Brantford provides a number of services for newcomers to Canada:

  • Extensions of Work Permits, Study Permits, Temporary Resident Visas (TRVs), Post-Graduate Work Permits (PGWPs)
  • Links to NOC and Employment Materials
  • Programs and Services
  • Let's Connect webinars and powerpoint presentations
  • Settlement Services via Settlement

For questions, please contact:

Veronica Dichoso
Settlement Specialist, YMCA Employment & Immigrant Services
P: (905) 526-8452, Ext. 3401
Email: veronica.dichoso [at]


Employment Opportunities & Listings

Free Job Search Websites

Job Opportunities

Mohawk College Employment Support

  • Mohawk’s Employment Support website offers a number of services for students such as Career Tools and CareerReady at Mohawk.
  • CareerReady is Mohawk's College's portal where you can view co-op opportunities as well as full time, part-time, and seasonal jobs. From this site you can also book an appointment for individual help with your resume, cover letter and interview skills, view workshops and employment related events.


Online Volunteering Opportunities



Scam Protection

There have been reports of scams relating to COVID-19. Scammers target Canadians via text message, emails, door-to-door, and phone calls. It is important to be vigilant when it comes to protecting your personal and financial information!


Fun & Entertainment

Books & Films

Concerts & Music



English Language Learning

Below are some online resources for students who would like to improve their English language skills. Mohawk College does not provide support for these resources and they are to be used independent from Mohawk College courses to support your learning.

Free Online Courses and Support


Time Management & Organization Tools


Legal Support

Mohawk Student’s Association (MSA) Legal Counselling

The Mohawk Student’s Association can provide free legal counselling on topics such as landlord/tenant rights, employment law, and more. Visit their website to learn more.