Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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

Inflation hits international students hard, with some turning to food banks

Nono Shen The Canadian Press Oct. 2, 2022

Laughter lights up the gathering twilight at Langara College in Vancouver, where first-year health science student Jagiit Singh is chatting with friends next to the school's fountain.

But his smile fades when he's asked about the cost of living in Canada since moving from India last year.

Ottawa wants Black class-action discrimination lawsuit dismissed

Jacques Gallant The Record Tue., Oct. 4, 2022

The federal government wants a court to dismiss a proposed class-action lawsuit brought by Black Canadian civil servants alleging systemic discrimination.

In a notice filed with the Federal Court on Monday, the government argues the plaintiffs should instead go through the grievance process, and that the court therefore doesn’t have jurisdiction to deal with the case.

Number of immigrants in Guelph to grow more than 60% by 2041, Statistics Canada says

Graeme McNaughton Guelph Mercury Monday, October 3, 2022

More and more immigrants will be calling Guelph home in the years and decades ahead.

According to data released in September by Statistics Canada, the number of first-generation immigrants in the area is expected to grow substantially through 2041, reaching approximately 60,000 people by then, representing growth of more than 60 per cent from what was seen in 2020.

No help for undocumented workers

Star Editorial Board Sun., Sept. 25, 2022

There had been hopes the federal government was poised to unveil significant immigration reforms that would put many temporary residents on a path to permanent residency.

Unfortunately, those hopes appear to have been misplaced. What was unveiled last week was an underwhelming collection of warmed-over measures that the federal immigration department already had underway.

Canada sees fastest population growth since 1957, driven mostly by immigration: StatCan

Aya Al-Hakim  Global News September 28, 2022

Canada has seen its highest population growth rate since the height of the baby boom, mostly driven by immigration, according to Statistics Canada data released Wednesday.

As of July 1, the number of people living in Canada sat at an estimated 38.9 million, an increase of 0.7 per cent, or 284,982 people, from April 1, 2022.

Local refugee resettlement group, Stratford Welcomes Refugees, looking for new sponsorship groups

Galen Simmons The Stratford Beacon Herald Sep 26, 2022  

As a local refugee resettlement group nears its next fundraising goal of $24,000 — the amount required to settle a family of four in Stratford — it will host a meeting next week to educate prospective sponsorship groups about what it takes to sponsor a local refugee family.

Recruiters and employers increasingly taking advantage of temporary foreign workers, advocate says

Joel Ballard, Francis Plourde · CBC News · Posted: Sep 23, 2022

Temporary foreign workers are reporting paying recruiters and employers thousands of dollars to obtain a permit to work in Canada — only to end up with nothing. 

CBC Radio-Canada spoke with multiple experts who say some employers and immigration consultants in B.C. often take advantage of workers from abroad. 

County to get $63K in new federal funds to support immigrants

Jessica Owen Collingwood Today September 28, 2022

An influx of cash has followed an influx of newcomers to Simcoe County.

Language data released last month as part of the 2021 census illustrates the number of Simcoe County residents whose first language is not English or French increased by 40.5 per cent since 2016. There were 2,290 immigrants who landed directly in Simcoe County in 2021, which is a sharp increase from 605 in 2020, according to county statistics.