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Banking Services: All major Canadian banks have offices in St. John's. Listed below are the branches in the university area. For information on the location of other branches, you may consult the website or the yellow pages of the local telephone directory. Each can advise you of the documentation necessary to open a new account.

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Education in Newfoundland and Labrador

The Department of Education website contains information about education in the province from early childhood learning and kinderstart, and kindergarten to post-secondary. Note that the sidebar on K-12 contains links to a comprehensive overview of the Newfoundland school system, including Distance Education, French language education, home schooling and private schools.

The website for the Eastern School District, the board that serves the St. John`s region includes information on the calendar, schools in your neighbourhood, the feeder system, wheelchair accessibility, French immersion programs and other pertinent information.

Private Schools and Special Programs

  • The Eastern School District offers an International Baccalaureate Program, a challenging two year course of study aimed at students 16-19 years old, and recognized in universities around the world.
  • Conseil Scolaire Francophone: St. John’s has one school that is part of the province-wide francophone public system. Visit their website.
  • St Bonaventure’s College is an independent Roman Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition, offering instruction from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
  • Lakecrest is a private school, offering instruction from Kindergarten to Grade 9. It is a member of the Canadian Association of Independent Schools.

Lifelong Learning Opportunities: St. John’s offers a number of possibilities for continuing education, professional upgrading and personal enrichment courses. See Lifelong Learning at Memorial for courses which fit this range. You may also check the College of the North Atlantic or the Anna Templeton Center of Craft and Design. See Learning and Development or the Gardiner Centre at Memorial for courses which fit this range.

Learning English:There are several language programs available for those who may be interested in availing of such services. Memorial University’s English as a Second Language Program offers several options. The Association for New Canadians also offers English as a Second Language, with levels ranging from Pre-benchmark level to CLB Level 7. The College of the North Atlantic also runs ESL programs

International Students Associations: Some of the International Student Groups may be of interest to faculty arriving from outside of Canada.

Eldercare facilities and resources

For those who may be seeking care for elderly relatives, the information that follows gives some of St. John's options. Prices and availability of accommodations may vary greatly.The Department of Community Health and Services maintains Healthy Newfoundland and Labrador, which lists resources including hospitals, nursing homes and personal care facilities.

Privately owned senior residences in the St. John's area include :

Information on other services available for seniors is available through the Seniors Resource Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador, Ph. 737-2333 . This site also lists educational programs, lecture series, socials and other events.


Memorial runs Campus Childcare Incorporated for the children of students, faculty and staff of the university with remaining spaces available to the general public. The facility has 4 self-contained childcare centres, Toddler, Pre-School Part-time, Pre-school full-time and the Activity Centre which provides Kindercare and After-school care. For information on spaces available contact Tracey Rose, Executive Director, at or 864-4728.

St. John’s has many other daycares and education facilities for children age 2 and older. View a list of daycares and preschools in the St. John’s area, as well as Mount Pearl, Paradise, Conception Bay South, and Goulds.

Afterschool and general activities for children

Other activities that may be of interest:

Adult Leisure and Sports: St. John’s has a number of sports and fitness centers. The Works, one of the most comprehensive, is part of the university and offers Preferred Rates to members of the Memorial community. There are a number of recreational sports leagues in the city. Golfers may wish to consult this golfing website and for winter sport enthusiasts, see cross country skiing.

There are endless possibilities for outdoor adventures in Newfoundland and Labrador, and certainly much to do on the Avalon Peninsula. One of the best ways to see St. John’s and its environs is on one of our many walking trails. Have a look at some of these sites/sights:

Life events: This life events website offered by Service Canada contains information on a variety of questions. about services offered in Canada. Topics range from Getting Married, Buying a Home, Starting a Job Search, to Losing a Wallet. It may be worth a look for those for those who are new to North America.

Transportation in and around St. John's

  • St. John's and surrounding areas are serviced by Metrobus.
  • The City of St. John's also provides a para-transit service for those with disabilities.
  • Bus service from St. John's to Argentia ferry, Newhook's Transportation, (709) 682-4877, 726-4876.
  • DRL Coaches provide bus service from St. John's to Port-aux-Basques, (709) 263-2171, 263-1854