News

Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

Here we post new publications (studies, reports), government notices and more.

Government of Ontario Protecting the Health Care System from Fraud

Ontario is protecting the health care system against fraud by ensuring the final transition to a more secure photo health card. As of July 1, 2020, red and white health cards will no longer be accepted for Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) services. 

Starting this month, individuals with red and white health cards will begin to receive letters letting them know that they will need to get a photo health card at a ServiceOntario centre before the July 1, 2020, deadline. 

Photo health cards can easily be obtained for free at ServiceOntario by:

Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program for 2020 is Postponed

The Government of Canada has postponed the opening of the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program for 2020; and will not be accepting new applications until further notice.

No new sponsorship applications and no related applications for a permanent resident visa made by sponsors’ parents or grandparents under the Family Class are accepted for processing until further Instructions are issued.

Making it Easier for Businesses to Find Skilled Workers

Regional Immigration Pilot to Fill Labour Gaps, Attract Top Talent in Rural Ontario

BELLEVILLE - The Ontario Government is helping businesses in small and rural communities attract and retain skilled workers through a new Regional Immigration Pilot program. Chatham-Kent, Cornwall and Belleville/Quinte West were selected to participate in an effort to fulfill labour needs that are not currently being met locally.

Ontario Government Launches 2020 Budget Consultations

BROCKVILLE — The Ontario Government is asking people from every region of the province for their best advice on how to make life more affordable, invest in critical public services and balance the budget by 2023 through public consultations for the 2020 Budget.

Today, Minister of Finance Rod Phillips along with Minister Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, were in Brockville to launch the first of a series of consultations that will run across Ontario throughout the months of January and February.

Ontario to Implement Needs-Based Autism Program In-Line with Advisory Panel's Advice

Today, the Ontario government announced it is adopting the Ontario Autism Panel’s key recommendations for a needs-based autism program. The program recognizes that every family’s experience and needs are different, and that children and youth on the autism spectrum have different levels of need at different points in their lives. These changes will put Ontario on track to deliver a comprehensive, sustainable and family-centred program. 

Innovative Program Increases Affordable Housing and Develops Job Skills in Sault Ste. Marie

Helping low-income families move out of community housing into a home of their own

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Ontario government is investing $900,000 in an innovative project in Sault Ste. Marie that will help people move out of community housing and provide training to help social assistance recipients get good jobs.