Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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

Continuing care assistant recruitment strategy fails refugees and immigrants: report

Relying on newcomers to fill labour shortages in Nova Scotia’s long-term care sector needs to come hand-in-hand with big changes to both the immigration and health-care systems in the province.

A report published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) said existing policies to recruit newcomers in the sector are “myopic and ethically fraught.”

Federal government announces $35M in new funding for refugee settlement services

The federal government has announced $35 million in new money over the next three years to improve and expand immigration settlement services in small towns and rural communities.

"Our investment today will be key to enhance access to support services in smaller and rural communities that will support newcomer families and provide the tools for their long-term success in the years ahead," said Immigration Minister Sean Fraser.

Government of Canada invests $35 million to expand settlement services for newcomers in small towns and rural communities

Newcomers to Canada play a crucial role in the future of our country and contribute in important ways to our society and economic recovery from the pandemic. To ensure newcomers settling in small towns and rural communities have access to essential services during their first year in Canada, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced an investment of more than $35 million to expand resettlement capacity and settlement services across Canada.

Ontario Expanding Substance Abuse Program for African and Caribbean Canadian Youth

The Ontario government is investing $2.9 million to enhance and expand the Substance Abuse Program for African and Caribbean Canadian Youth (SAPACCY) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and seven new satellite locations across Ontario, as part of the government’s commitment to invest $3.8 billion over 10 years to implement Roadmap to Wellness.

Ontario Passes the Working for Workers Act

Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, issued the following statement in recognition of the passing of the Working for Workers Act, 2021:

“Our government is working for workers everyday to help them earn bigger paycheques, stay safe, and have better opportunities. We are determined to rebalance the scales and put workers in the driver’s seat of Ontario’s economic growth while attracting the best workers to our great province.