Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.
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The Minister of Families, Children and Social Development today has launched two initiatives to support the development of Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy: a nation-wide consultation process and a call for nominations for a ministerial advisory committee on poverty.
Employment in Ontario increased by 28,800 in January. This was bolstered by gains in manufacturing, finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing, and accommodation and food services sectors.
For newcomers to Canada for all or part of a tax year (January 1 to December 31), they need to do your taxes (file an income tax and benefit return) if they receive or want to receive certain benefits and credits, want to claim a refund, or have to pay tax. Everything they need to know is available at cra.gc.ca/newcomers.
The Long-Term Report on the Economy projects the province's population will grow from 14 million today to 17.8 million by 2040. This growth will significantly increase the demand for health care services, schools, transit and improved roads and bridges.
For a third straight year, Ontario is increasing wages to help keep child care professionals in licensed child care settings and encourage growth in the sector. The aim is to ensure that children and families across the province continue to benefit from safe, high-quality child care that promotes early learning and development.
Ontario is providing more support for the not-for-profit sector in York Region, to better serve the community, promote diversity, and encourage volunteerism.
The changes in services include faster access to mental health and addictions services across the province, with new investments aimed to help thousands more people get the support they need when they need it.
IAF provides micro loans of up to $10,000 to internationally trained immigrants so they can obtain the Canadian licensing or training they need to work in their field. The loan can pay for exams, training, qualification assessments, professional association fees, books and course materials, living allowance and other expenses related to obtaining the Canadian licensing or training they need.
IAF is a character-based community lending program funded by both the private and public sectors.
This recorded webinar may be useful for settlement employment counsellors. It provides the opportunity to learn strategies of engaging employers in the benefits of hiring international students.