Health

SETTLEMENT WORKERS NEED TO HAVE BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM TO SUPPORT IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES AND CONNECT THEM WITH THE APPROPRIATE SERVICES.

Free mental health services are available

We provide free individual counselling and support as well as workshops at Skills for Change, Wellness and Support program. Individual counselling sessions are provided over the phone, and workshops are facilitated online. If you are interested and you are a permanent resident or a convention refugee, please email us at: nkhazraei@skillsforchange.org

If you are interested and you hold citizenship or other status, please email us at: mentalhealth@skillsforchange.org

Government of Canada invests in climate change awareness and action project for young Canadians

April 8, 2021 – London, Ontario

Kate Young, Member of Parliament for London West, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced that the Government of Canada is investing $5.9 million from environmental fines into Let’s Talk Science. With this funding, Let’s Talk Science will engage over 600,000 youth across Canada in climate science awareness and action through regional events, action projects, hands-on activities and a suite of digital resources, including career information.

Government of Canada supports initiative to address workplace sexual harassment and improve access to justice in Canada

March 3, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Justice Canada

Creating and maintaining workplaces where everyone – no matter their gender identity or expression – can be safe, respected and able to focus on their work is a priority for the Government of Canada.
The Minister of Justice announced the Government of Canada’s support to Botler AI for the Pan-Canadian Triage System for Sexual Harassment, Misconduct & Violence.

ICES Report on COVID-19 in Immigrants and Refugees in Toronto

The ICES recently published a report on the impact of COVID-19 in Immigrants, Refugees and Other Recent OHIP Registrants in Toronto, data as of November 1, 2020 and trends over time as of November 7, 2020, fully titled "Key findings from ICES Report on COVID-19 in Immigrants, Refugees and Other Recent OHIP Registrants (Guttmann A,
Gandhi S, Wanigaratne S, Lu H, Ferreira-Legere LE. Toronto, ON: ICES; 2020.)".

Some key findings are:

Health & Safety Awareness Presentation

WSPS' Health & Safety Awareness Presentation (HSAP) gives students, new immigrants and other vulnerable workers the crucial information they need to ensure their health and safety on the job. Free of charge, these sessions can be presented to classrooms of any size – including general assemblies – and are delivered by trained WSPS volunteers.

HSAP can be delivered in English or French. For all other language inquiries, please contact hsapregistrations@wsps.ca.

International review: Strategies to support ethno-cultural and linguistic diversity for seniors

Growing ethno-cultural and linguistic diversity among older population groups is an experience shared by countries of immigration like Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom (U.K.), and the United States (U.S.). These international jurisdictions have introduced a range of national-level or provincial/state-level strategies to address the evolving needs of diverse older populations in their health and social care systems; ranging from the provision of linguistically appropriate resources to enhancing cultural competency of the health and social care workforce.