Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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Why Indian immigrants' 1st names sometimes end up as XXX on Canadian passports

Rebecca Zandbergen · CBC News · Posted: Jun 28, 2022

Safa Khan didn't think her Canadian passport would prove to be such a hassle when she first moved from Delhi to London, Ont., nearly 10 years ago.

Khan received her Canadian passport earlier this year, with her full name — first, middle and last — shown as Safa Jamaluddin Khan printed in the surname field. Her first name on the official document reads XXX.

Canada will open embassy in Rwanda to combat Russian and Chinese influence

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mélanie Joly announced during a news conference in Kigali, Rwanda on Wednesday that Canada will be opening an embassy and assigning an ambassador in Rwanda’s capital city for the first time ever. “More than ever, Canada’s voice needs to be heard,” Joly said. “We need more boots on the ground.” Joly also announced that Canada will be appointing a new ambassador to the African Union based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

With thousands of Afghans still desperate to flee the Taliban, is Canada set to close its doors?

Nicholas Keung The Star Fri., June 17, 2022

Fears are mounting that Canada will soon stop accepting applications from Afghans looking to escape the Taliban and resettle in this country.

The federal government is believed to be inching toward its goal of inviting 40,000 Afghans to resettle here under a special immigration program, with advocates saying they’ve been told that all the spots are expected to be filled by this summer.

Nova Scotia able to welcome hundreds more immigrants this year Social Sharing

CBC News · Posted: Jun 16, 2022

The Nova Scotia government has announced a huge jump in the number of allocations to the provincial nominee and Atlantic immigration programs.

The province said in a news release Thursday it can approve a total of 5,430 applicants this year — 40 per cent more than the 3,857 it approved to settle in Nova Scotia in 2021. 

'The Kyiv Home Project': Building a safe haven in Cottam

Michelle Maluske CTV  June 16, 2022

A brand new home is being built, for free, in the Essex County community for two Ukrainian refugee families.

“We really feel like we've got a lot of people behind us,” said Jennifer Baggio, one of the project organizers. “It's really inspiring to see the community kind of pulling behind us and making this, something that's going to be real.”

Mississauga expanding assistive recreation program to accept Ukrainian refugees

Sabrina Gamrot The Star Fri., June 10, 2022

A recreation program from the City of Mississauga has been expanded to include Ukrainians without refugee documentation.

The ActiveAssist program gives low-income residents and newcomers with refugee status access to city-run recreation and cultural programs with a $275 credit.

Urgent measures need to ensure rights of Canadian children: UN committee

By Laura Osman | National Observer | June 10th 2022

The United Nations committee on the rights of the child has released a report expressing serious concerns about the welfare of children in Canada — particularly those who are Indigenous.

"The committee is deeply concerned about the discrimination against children in marginalized and disadvantaged situations," said the report, made public Thursday.