Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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

'A new face entirely': northern Ontario's growing Black community looks to the future during history month

Erik White · CBC News · Posted: Feb 21, 2023

February is Black history month, but with the Black population of northern Ontario growing rapidly in recent years, the present and the future deserve just as much attention. 

More than 5,000 people in the region describe themselves as Black in the 2021 census, double what it was 10 years earlier.

"I think Sudbury is experiencing a new face entirely," said Adebola Adefioye, who came to the city two years ago.

Cornwall, Ont. calling for more federal resources to help with influx of asylum seekers

Nate Vandermeer CTV News Ottawa Feb. 21, 2023

Asylum seekers crossing into Quebec from the United States continue to arrive in Cornwall, Ont. and the city says it needs federal help to handle the situation.

Around 800 people are now being housed in Cornwall at the Dev Centre and the former Ramada Inn on Brookdale Avenue, after crossing the Canada-U.S. border at Roxham Road into Quebec.

Turkish diaspora urges Canada to expedite immigration of families hit by earthquake

Irem Koca The Star Tue., Feb. 14, 2023

OTTAWA Turkish Canadians are calling on Ottawa to expedite the visa applications of family stranded in Turkey, after the devastating earthquakes.

An online petition signed by more than 7,800 people asked Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for a two-tiered approach to resettle Turkish citizens in Canada.

Percentage of permanent residents becoming Canadian citizens in decline: StatCan data

Christian Collington The Canadian Press Feb. 15, 2023

StatCan numbers reveal the percentage of permanent residents who become Canadians has plummeted over the past 20 years.

The Institute for Canadian Citizenship says Statistics Canada data points to a 40 per cent decline in citizenship uptake since 2001.

The group's CEO, Daniel Bernhard, calls the drop alarming and says it should serve as a "wake up call" to improving the experience newcomers have in Canada.

Peterborough Newcomer Health Clinic helps immigrants and refugees transition to Canada’s health care system

Paul Rellinger Kawartha Now February 14, 2023

Walk, for a moment, in the footsteps of an immigrant or refugee newly arrived in Peterborough.

As a stranger in a strange land, everything is, well, strange. Add fear of the unknown to the equation. Trepidation rules as they wonder whom to turn to for the most basic of goods and services, including access to health care.

New report raises concerns over labour exploitation of migrant workers during pandemic

Sawyer Bogdan Global News February 15, 2023

A new report looking at the impact the pandemic had on the exploitation of migrant workers in Canada is raising concerns about an increase in labour trafficking.

The groups involved in the report say a major labour shortage, coupled with the status of temporary foreign workers, is leading to more situations of migrant workers being taken advantage of.