Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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

LAO Releases Racialized Communities Strategy Paper

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) will be holding a series of in-person and online sessions this fall to meet with clients, lawyers, community legal clinics and other community agencies to talk about some of the issues faced by racialized communities when it comes to getting the legal services they need.

Ahead of those meetings, LAO is making its consultation paper available as a starting point for discussion.

Increase in Migration Services Fee for Resettled Refugees

Released on July 12, 2017, this operational bulletin states that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) service fee that is charged to foreign nationals, Convention refugees and members of the humanitarian and protected persons abroad classes who utilize IOM's assistance in relocating to Canada is being increased to $240 per person (from $180), effective March 1, 2017.

Young People Not in Employment, Education or Training in Canada

In 2014, 14.8% of Canadians aged 15-29 were not in employment, education or training (NEET). This is around the OECD-member average NEET rate of about 15%, but still almost 2 percentage points
higher than before the Great Recession. This equates to around 1 million young people in Canada who were neither in work nor in education at an estimated cost of 0.6% of GDP in foregone earnings alone (below the OECD-member average of 0.9% of GDP).

Research Summary - Refugee Health and Resettlement: Lessons Learned from the Syrian Response

Access Alliance recently hosted a Best Practices Symposium on Refugee Health and Resettlement Services. During this event, Access Alliance staff shared research findings on the successes, challenges and recommended best practices for refugee resettlement from cross-sectoral staff involved in the Syrian resettlement response.