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Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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

LAO Releases Racialized Communities Strategy Paper

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) will be holding a series of in-person and online sessions this fall to meet with clients, lawyers, community legal clinics and other community agencies to talk about some of the issues faced by racialized communities when it comes to getting the legal services they need.

Ahead of those meetings, LAO is making its consultation paper available as a starting point for discussion.

Supporting Clients with Children in Conflict with the Education System

Legal Aid Ontario has been speaking to people in the community about issues related to its Racialized Communities Strategy. Through it all, they have heard one concern raised again and again by community members, community agencies and staff at community legal clinics: more needs to be done to support children in conflict with the education system.

Workers with Disabilities Report Greater Vulnerability to Risk of Work Injury

This study found that workers with disabilities are more likely to be exposed to hazards at work than other workers. They are also more likely to report the combination of hazardous conditions and inadequate occupational health and safety (OHS) protection, particularly in the form of inadequate OHS policies and procedures and inadequate OHS empowerment.

Young People Not in Employment, Education or Training in Canada

In 2014, 14.8% of Canadians aged 15-29 were not in employment, education or training (NEET). This is around the OECD-member average NEET rate of about 15%, but still almost 2 percentage points
higher than before the Great Recession. This equates to around 1 million young people in Canada who were neither in work nor in education at an estimated cost of 0.6% of GDP in foregone earnings alone (below the OECD-member average of 0.9% of GDP).

Increase in Migration Services Fee for Resettled Refugees

Released on July 12, 2017, this operational bulletin states that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) service fee that is charged to foreign nationals, Convention refugees and members of the humanitarian and protected persons abroad classes who utilize IOM's assistance in relocating to Canada is being increased to $240 per person (from $180), effective March 1, 2017.