Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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We need to end the abuse of temporary foreign workers

Star Editorial Board The Star Mon., Aug. 29, 2022

An open letter penned by Jamaican migrant farm workers has brought fresh attention to the poor working conditions that temporary foreign workers are facing in Canada.

According to the Jamaica Observer, the letter was written to that country’s Ministry of Labour. Its release was timed around a tour of Canadian farms by Jamaica’s Labour Minister.

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.

On Ukraine's Independence Day, refugees say 'we want to be happy'

'I want to ask for help to stop Russia with this war,' Mariia Mamaisur says

Kate Bueckert · CBC News · Posted: Aug 24, 2022 6:00 AM ET | Last Updated: 5 hours ago

Wednesday marks the Independence Day of Ukraine and people staying at the Woolwich Guest House for Ukrainian refugees in St. Jacobs, Ont., share their thoughts about what it means during the war with Russia and what they want Canadians to think about the day.

Nadiia Buga says she is very thankful to be in Canada.

'When...your boss is abusing you, you can't just leave': Jamaican migrant workers expose Canada's ‘systemic slavery’

Elianna Lev

Tue, August 23, 2022 at 4:44 p.m.·4 min read

An open letter written by Jamaican migrant workers working in Ontario is highlighting the unfair and dangerous working and living conditions they face on a daily basis, as well as the inequality of certain work permits.

As South Asian languages grow in Canada, parents want more learning options for kids

By Saba Aziz  Global News

Posted August 23, 2022 1:54 pm

Like many immigrants in Canada, Masooma Aftab is concerned about keeping her native language alive in the family.

The Canadian-Pakistani mother said as her son started going to school, she noticed that his conversational skills in English began taking precedence over Urdu.

Jamaican farm workers in Canada plead to their government to help improve working and living conditions

By Natasha Bulowski | News, Politics, Ottawa Insider | August 25th 2022

A group of migrant farm workers penned a letter to Jamaica's labour minister detailing appalling working and living conditions on Canadian farms. Photo by Migrant Workers Alliance for Change

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A group of migrant farm workers sent a letter home to their government in Jamaica this month detailing what they describe as abysmal living and working conditions in Canada.

Her work permit expired the day it was issued, leaving this refugee claimant hopeless

Eden Zebene is pregnant but can't access OHIP, work or study due to IRCC's delay and error

Priscilla Ki Sun Hwang · CBC News · Posted: Aug 25, 2022 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: 1 hour ago

A refugee claimant who fled from civil war in Ethiopia says she's exasperated after Canada's Immigration Department made a silly mistake on her work permit — leaving her still unable to work, study, or get adequate health care as she's waited more than 16 months for her refugee case to move forward.

How VR and AI could revolutionize language training for newcomers

A new project is exploring the use of virtual reality and artificial intelligence in language acquisition for adult immigrants through simulated environment that mirrors real-life situations.

By Nicholas Keung Immigration Reporter

Thu., Aug. 25, 2022

Adla Hitou is shamelessly showcasing her stellar work experience as she tries to convince the interviewer to hire her.

The Syrian newcomer answers every question that’s tossed her way.