Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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

Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker program is ballooning to fill the labour gap, but workers say they’re abused and poorly paid. Is that the solution we want?

Ghada Alsharif The Star Sat., Dec. 17, 2022

David Rodriguez, a 37-year-old cook from Mexico, says he was fired from a Toronto restaurant less than two months after arriving in Canada for standing up to his verbally abusive employer.

Amelia, 37, from Indonesia, says she was fired for telling her employer she was sexually abused by his father while working as a live-in caregiver in his home in Toronto.

Canada reverses immigration decision to make it easier for families to reunite

Sarbmeet Singh · CBC News · Posted: Dec 13, 2022

Thousands of foreign nationals hoping to live in Canada are elated after Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced changes to how people coming to the country on a super visa can pay for their medical insurance.

Launched in 2011, the super visa program allows permanent residents (PR) and citizens to invite their non-resident parents and grandparents to stay with them in Canada for up to five years at a time.

This Canadian pilot project is helping newcomers learn English through the power of VR

Mouhamad Rachini · CBC Radio · Posted: Dec 07, 2022

Assimilating into Canada may be difficult for a lot of newcomers, especially those who speak little to no English. But a pilot project at the University of Toronto is trying to change that using virtual reality technology.

"Our main goal is to support newcomers in any way we can, and make their integration in Canada as smooth as possible," said Rayan Batlouni, who heads the study and is also a project manager at the Syrian Canadian Foundation.

Calgary immigrants can now get help at the airport as soon as they land

Melissa Gilligan Wednesday, December 7th 2022

Immigrants arriving in Calgary through the Calgary International Airport can now head to a new booth as soon as they land for help getting settled.

The booth – called the Immigrant Arrival Centre – is a place where new immigrants and refugees can ask questions and seek support immediately upon their arrival.

5 Afghan siblings arrive in Toronto more than a year after being stuck in limbo in UAE refugee camp

Sara Jabakhanji · CBC News · Posted: Dec 05, 2022

Faisal Rasel remembers the moment his father was killed by the Taliban in 2018 for working with the U.S. government. He knew that from then on, he would have to be the one to look after his four siblings. Their mother had died several years prior. 

But when Kabul fell to the Taliban in August 2021, Rasel, 17 at the time, worried they would come after his orphaned siblings. 

"It was a bad dream," Rasel said. 

Canada not doing enough with its highly educated immigrants, StatsCan says

Jessica Wong · CBC News · Posted: Dec 01, 2022

Being a physician has been a lifelong dream for 35-year-old Ayman Jabril. He's passionate about caring for patients, clearly explaining medical treatments, and following up with them over time. He trained and worked as a physician in Yemen and Saudi Arabia, but has yet to make headway getting further training and certification in Canada, despite having completed a host of qualification exams since arriving in 2017.