Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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New fund to help groups working to resettle Afghan, other refugees in Waterloo region

Sep 15, 2021 -

Individuals looking to help refugees coming to Waterloo region this year, including those from Afghanistan, can donate money to a new fund that will provide cash to organizations working to resettle people in the community.

The fund is a joint project between the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation, the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation, and the Immigration Partnership of Waterloo Region.

The Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation started the fund by donating $20,000.

Afghan-Canadian entrepreneur’s new mobile app helps keep civilians updated on nearby security issues

When Sara Wahedi thinks back to May 9, 2018, it began as a calm, sunny day. But as the Afghan-Canadian social entrepreneur, now 26, was walking home from the president’s office in Kabul, where she worked, people started running past her in panic. Some were screaming that there was a suicide bomber.

“His vest is not working,” one man yelled during the scramble. Ms. Wahedi only had a moment to react and started running as well. Seconds later, she heard an explosion behind her.

Governments Supporting Mental Health for Farming and Rural Communities

BLYTH— The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing in new initiatives to support and promote mental health in Ontario’s farming and rural communities. These initiatives will improve the mental health services available to Ontario’s agricultural sector and help ensure farmers, their families and their employees have additional places to turn when help is needed.

Ontario Providing Accessible Rides to COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

Building on recent success in getting millions of people vaccinated, the Ontario government is investing $3.7 million in a partnership with the Ontario Community Support Association to help people with disabilities, including seniors with mobility issues, get to and from vaccination sites so they can get their shot and help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Government of Canada highlights support for approximately 1,300 projects under the Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative

August 4, 2021 - Toronto, Ontario - Employment and Social Development Canada

The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, highlighted federal investments of up to $96 million through the Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative.