Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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

Canadians support accepting more newcomers but we need a more equitable, rights-based approach

Yvonne Su & Christina Clark-Kazak The Conversation Sunday, July 17, 2022

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Global Trends Report recently announced that as of the end of 2021, 89.3 million people worldwide have been forcibly displaced. While Ukraine’s neighbouring countries originally opened their arms to people fleeing the war, they’ve since begun decreasing benefits for Ukrainians as their cities become overwhelmed.

Government of Canada is re-establishing mandatory random testing offsite of airports for air travellers

July 14, 2022 | Ottawa, ON | Public Health Agency of Canada

Keeping Canadians safe has been our number one priority since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of Canada set up entry restrictions, testing, and quarantine requirements to manage risks at the border. Testing was and remains an important part of our surveillance program to track the importation of COVID-19 virus into Canada and identify new variants of concern.

Ottawa fast-tracking travel visas for AIDS conference amid sharp criticism

CBC · Posted: Jul 12, 2022

The federal government says it is now prioritizing temporary travel visas for people seeking to attend the International AIDS Conference in Montreal at the end of July.

The move comes as the head of the African Alliance health rights organization slams Canada for bidding to host the conference and spending millions of dollars on it without making sure all attendees would be given a visa to attend.

Ukrainian migrants face hurdles in accessing primary care, say health experts

Adina Bresge The Canadian Press Mon., July 11, 2022

Migrant health experts are warning that the swift influx of Ukrainians fleeing to Canada could put some at risk of falling through cracks in primary care.

A new analysis published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on Monday suggests that Canada’s special visitor visa program for Ukrainians escaping war may help streamline the immigration process, but could also create gaps in access to medical care.

Path to reconciliation in health care needs Indigenous leaders

By Sara Goulet | Canada’s National Observation | July 13th 2022

As a child, I travelled to Inuit and First Nations communities in Nunavut and northern Manitoba with my father Lorne, a legendary bush pilot. He showed me the beauty of Indigenous people and their land and taught me about the power, strength and resilience that comes from embracing this connection to the land, its spirit, its beings, and Creator.

Roommates, multi-generational homes rising amid increasing costs, immigration: census

When Gina Athanasiou's father died in 2016, she realized her mother, who bounced between Canada and Greece for most of her life, didn't have a pension large enough to cover the soaring costs of a Toronto home.

The solution? Athanasiou, a real estate agent, invited her mother to move into the East York home she lived in with her husband and children.

"There is no way that my mother could have financially existed on her own in Toronto, if she didn't have us to live with," Athanasiou said.

The hard road to success for skilled young immigrants

By Morgan Sharp |  Canada’s National Observer| July 14th 2022

Jad Jaber worked hard before getting to Canada, and he’s worked hard since arriving just before the pandemic hit, but it never seems to be enough. Or else it’s too much.

The 31-year-old has two postgraduate qualifications and sits on a city advisory board for LGBTQ+ issues and the board of Pride Toronto yet relies on the privilege of having a well-off extended family back in Lebanon to help cover their rent and food.