News

Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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

No Fundamental Changes to Average Class Sizes for 2019-20 School Year

Ontario's government is taking action to provide students and their families with predictability for the upcoming school year by introducing modest changes to current class sizes. The Minister of Education, was joined by the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education, the MPP for Scarborough-Rouge Park, and the MPP for Scarborough Centre today to host a parent and educator roundtable ahead of the new school year. 

Amendments to Ontario's class size regulation are being made for the 2019-20 school year to reflect up to:

The Ontario government has released the revised elementary Health and Physical Education (HPE) curriculum

The Ontario government has released the revised elementary Health and Physical Education (HPE) curriculum. It is now available online, along with a parent-friendly resource on what children will learn in each grade.

Following the province's largest consultation on education, the elementary Health and Physical Education curriculum has been updated to reflect public feedback, research and advice from experts.

Canada recognizes the extension of validity of Venezuelan passports

Canada recognizes the decree published by the Venezuelan National Assembly on June 7, 2019, regarding the validity of expired Venezuelan passports.

Venezuelan passport holders wanting to travel to or stay in Canada can now continue to use their passport if it expired less than 5 years ago or will soon expire.

Venezuelans can use these passports to apply for a visitor visa, a study or work permit, or permanent residence or to extend their stay in Canada.

Applicants must meet all eligibility and entry requirements to travel to and stay in Canada.

Ontario to consult on regulation of behavioural clinicians who provide autism therapy

Ontario is putting children, youth and vulnerable people first by strengthening the oversight of behavioural clinicians who provide Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), a therapy that primarily supports people with autism. As recommended by experts and supported by families, regulation of ABA behavioural clinicians will set standard expectations for quality therapy across the province. Consultations on how best to implement regulation are set to begin this fall.

Ontario Improving Access to Timely Care for Patients in Crisis

In emergency departments across the province, people in crisis are placed under police supervision, often for up to eight hours, until they are admitted under the guidelines set out by the Mental Health Act. Not only can police presence in a hospital be distressing for some patients, police officers are frontline resources that can be better used in their communities, serving the public and not waiting in hospitals. That's why Ontario is encouraging police services and hospitals to work together to improve transitions for patients.

Actions interculturelles de développement et d’éducation selected to provide pre-arrival services

Pre-arrival settlement services are a key element of Canada’s immigration program. They provide newcomers, including refugees, with the information and settlement support they need to make informed decisions about their new life in Canada before they arrive, such as how to prepare for finding a job. To help deliver these important services, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be providing funding of $1.5 million to the Actions interculturelles de développement et d’éducation (AIDE).