Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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Women’s shelter stretched thin amid high inflation, housing crisis

Ritika Dubey The Hamilton Spectator Thu., Sept. 22, 2022

The 22-bed facility isn’t meeting the growing demand at a west Mountain women’s shelter.

Interval House of Hamilton is currently home to about 31 women and children — well over its designed capacity.

While the non-profit organization has had capacity-related issues before, it’s different this time, says Sue Taylor, executive director of Interval House of Hamilton.

Ottawa advocates plead for intervention after Afghan rights worker's application to come to Canada is rejected

Joanne Laucius Ottawa Citizen Sep 28, 2022  

Ottawa supporters of an Afghan women’s rights activist say they are outraged that her application to come to Canada was rejected.

Farzana Adell Ghadiya, who is in an undisclosed third country, was rejected for a visitor’s visa when she had actually applied for a Temporary Resident Permit for Protection (TRP), say her support

City of Guelph to honour National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: 8 ways for individuals to take action

Guelph Mercury Friday, September 23, 2022

The City of Guelph is encouraging employees and the community to reflect on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30 and to take an active part in the reconciliation process.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) 95 calls to action include a call for all levels of government to provide education to public servants on the history of Indigenous Peoples, including the history and legacy of Residential Schools.

Recruiters and employers increasingly taking advantage of temporary foreign workers, advocate says

Joel Ballard, Francis Plourde · CBC News · Posted: Sep 23, 2022

Temporary foreign workers are reporting paying recruiters and employers thousands of dollars to obtain a permit to work in Canada — only to end up with nothing. 

CBC Radio-Canada spoke with multiple experts who say some employers and immigration consultants in B.C. often take advantage of workers from abroad. 

Local refugee resettlement group, Stratford Welcomes Refugees, looking for new sponsorship groups

Galen Simmons The Stratford Beacon Herald Sep 26, 2022  

As a local refugee resettlement group nears its next fundraising goal of $24,000 — the amount required to settle a family of four in Stratford — it will host a meeting next week to educate prospective sponsorship groups about what it takes to sponsor a local refugee family.

Canada’s immigration minister leaves door open to extending Afghan resettlement programs

Nicholas Keung The Star Thu., Sept. 22, 2022

As Canada reaches the halfway point of meeting its commitment to resettle 40,000 Afghan refugees, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser says he’s not ruling out lifting the current cap and welcoming more into this country.

But for the moment, he says, his main focus is the 8,500 people to whom Canada has already promised refuge who remain stuck in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

No help for undocumented workers

Star Editorial Board Sun., Sept. 25, 2022

There had been hopes the federal government was poised to unveil significant immigration reforms that would put many temporary residents on a path to permanent residency.

Unfortunately, those hopes appear to have been misplaced. What was unveiled last week was an underwhelming collection of warmed-over measures that the federal immigration department already had underway.