Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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

Refugee group says Ottawa will help bring 600 LGBTQ Afghans to Canada

Dylan Robertson The Canadian Press December 22 2022

An LGBTQ refugee group says Ottawa is helping resettle to Canada 600 Afghans who are fleeing persecution due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Earlier this week, Toronto-based Rainbow Railroad said it has only been able to resettle four per cent of the nearly 3,800 Afghans who have asked the organization for help coming to Canada since the Taliban took over their country.

Newcomer YouTubers help immigrants get settled in Canada with advice and candid takes

Dakshana Bascaramurty The Globe and Mail 21 December 2022

The Idumota Market in Nigeria’s capital – also known as Lagos Island Market – is a dizzying warren of shops and street vendors selling house slippers, dresses, bottled water, wristwatches, knockoff designer purses, and almost any other material goods one could want. After Ogheneruona Balogun made the journey from Lagos to New Brunswick earlier this year, she missed it desperately.

Then she discovered the Costco in Moncton.

North Bay embraces Ukrainian student refugee

Chris Dawson Bay Today December 22, 2022

Yukhym Baranovskyi enjoys the community of North Bay. 

"North Bay is a cozy city with very beautiful nature," the 22-year-old said.  

"North Bay reminds me of my hometown with its architecture."

You see, home for Yukhym is the region of Kherson within Ukraine.

"I won't forget the day the war started," he said about the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine. 

Here's what happens when your immigration application is assigned to inactive employees ID

Priscilla Ki Sun Hwang · CBC News · Posted: Dec 22, 2022

After CBC News published a story about how Canada's immigration department assigned tens of thousands of applications to hundreds of inactive employees and placeholder codes, the department explained its processing system and why it does this.

Quebec suspends immigration program for non-French-speaking entrepreneurs

The Canadian Press Dec. 21, 2022

Business people from abroad who are thinking of immigrating to Quebec with a business project but don't speak French will have to change their plans in 2023.

The Minister of Immigration, Francisation and Integration, Christine Fréchette, announced on Wednesday that she would suspend the receipt of applications for non-French-speaking candidates in Stream 1 of the Entrepreneur Program, as well as in the Self-Employed Program, as of Dec. 28.

New study shows that high rates of workplace injuries in Montreal involve immigrants

The Canadian Press 20 December 2022

A new study from a Montreal research institute for occupational health and safety estimates that up to 80 per cent of people who are injured at work in the city and require rehabilitation are immigrants.

Jessica Dube, a researcher with the Robert-Sauve institute, says the province’s workplace health and safety board reports that the majority of cases involve immigrants – compared to a decade ago when the majority involved Quebecois workers.

Canada plans to welcome millions of immigrants. Can our aging infrastructure keep up?

Tyler Dawson The National Post Published Dec 21, 2022  

The Canadian population just blew past 39 million, and the country is only going to get bigger: Ottawa announced in November it wants to bring in a half-million more immigrants each year. The population grows apace, our infrastructure — governmental and private — is struggling to keep up. And it’s a story playing out across Canada.