Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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Thousands of international students still waiting on permits after Canadian school year begins

Talia Ricci · CBC News · Posted: Sep 12, 2022

As welcome signs were hung and orientation activities echoed across Canadian post-secondary campuses last week, thousands of international students were still back in their home countries, waiting to hear about the status of their study permits. 

'The Queen is dead, long live the King': New Canadians swear citizenship oath to Charles III

Tyler Dawson The National Post Sep 08, 2022  

Those taking their oaths of citizenship on Thursday got the honour of becoming the first round of new Canadians to swear allegiance to a new monarch, King Charles III, the first people to do so in seven decades, according to a viral Twitter thread.

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who reigned for 70 years, citizenship ceremonies were ongoing in Canada, a solemn ritual in which participants swear allegiance to the monarch.

A 'course correction' is needed to leverage international student workforce in Canada

Rhythm Sachdeva CTV News Sept. 2, 2022

Canada needs a “course correction” when it comes to supporting and recruiting international students to meet the country’s labour shortage woes, a new report has found.

A leader in global education, Canada recently surpassed the U.K. to take third place behind the U.S. and Australia as a destination for international students.

London will look 'increasingly' like Toronto as immigration grows: Expert

Jane Sims London Free Press Sep 09, 2022  

Statistics Canada is predicting the influx of new Canadians and their children will drive the country’s population growth during the next two decades and will bring dramatic demographic changes to urban areas, including London and Windsor.

“Canada is changing,” said Don Kerr, a King’s University College professor in social and economic consequences of demographics.

Immigration rules must change to keep foreign students in Canada: RBC

Laura Osman The Canadian Press September 1, 2022

Researchers with RBC are calling for an urgent reset of Canada’s immigration process to keep talented international students in the country to fill key labour shortages.

The path from becoming an international student to a permanent resident in Canada is not a straight line, lead researcher Ben Richardson and editor Yadullah Hussain said in a new paper for RBC Thought Leadership.

Hiring spree to help with visa, immigration delays, federal officials say

By Lee Berthiaume Canada’s National Observer August 30th 2022

The federal Liberal government says hundreds of additional staff have been added in recent months to address long wait times and backlogs at Canadian airports as well as passport and immigration offices.

Yet while the hiring spree has started to make a difference, cabinet ministers acknowledged Monday that far more work is needed to solve what has become a political headache for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government.

International student says she spent months in mental anguish after Canadian immigration error

CBC News · Posted: Aug 30, 2022

Warning: This story mentions thoughts of suicide.

An international student says she ran out of money and spent months in distress after coming to Canada because an immigration official didn't give her the right document allowing her to work part time while studying in northern Ontario.

Shreya Rajput arrived from India on Dec. 17 to study information technology at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie.

Trudeau vows ‘complete review’ of anti-racism group funding after consultant’s tweets

Marie Woolf The Canadian Press August 30, 2022

The federal government is conducting a “complete review” of funding to an anti-racism group whose senior consultant sent a series of tweets about “Jewish white supremacists,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday.

The government has put a stop to all funding to the Community Media Advocacy Centre and is putting in place procedures “to make sure this never happens again,” he said at a press conference.

YMCA holds inaugural event for newcomers to region

Midland Today Staff August 29, 2022
The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka’s immigrant services held its first annual Community Day on Aug. 25 to educate newcomers about public safety and community services.

This free event was open to all ages and brought together various resources such as police, fire, and EMS services, as well as other community-based organizations, which allowed community members to interact with and connect with these important service providers while also learning about their local community.