Ontario Increased Funding for Settlement Programs

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By A Correspondent

Ontario is increasing support for settlement programs and helping more than 80,000 newcomers get the services they need to settle and find jobs.

Through the government’s Newcomer Settlement Program, 98 organizations across the province will receive support over the next two years to help connect new immigrants with language and job training, and other community services. This year’s investment will allow select agencies to explore new and innovative ways to deliver support to vulnerable immigrants and underserviced communities. 

”When newcomers settle and succeed in our province, everyone benefits. By working with our diverse populations, we are opening up new opportunities for Ontario’s newcomers and growing a stronger, globally connected economy,” said Michael Coteau, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration at an event announcing the new funding at the Rexdale Women’s Centre. The Centre is one of 98 organizations to have received funding from the provincial government.

Enhancing newcomer settlement services is part of the province’s Immigration Strategy and supports the new Ontario government’s efforts to build a healthy province and a fair society. 

Since 2003, Ontario has increased funding to settlement programs by almost 80 per cent.  More newcomers immigrate to Ontario than any other province – nearly 40 per cent of Canada’s immigrants land in Ontario.

“Settlement agencies provide newcomers with the important tools they need to get jobs, pursue education and gain access to health and social services. We help them reach their goals, so that they can start contributing to their communities faster. This support from the Ontario government is vital. It will help newcomers succeed and grow Ontario’s economy,” said Fatima Filippi, Executive Director, Rexdale Women’s Centre

Photo Dr. Shafiq Qaadri, MPP, Etobicoke North, Fatima Fillipi, Executive Director, Rexdale Women’s Centre and Hon. Michael Coteau, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12


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