Since the first airplane of refugees from the Syrian conflict touched down in Ontario one year ago this week, more than 14,000 refugees have found safety and a new start in the province, with the support of the provincial government, municipalities, community service providers, sponsors and volunteers.
Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.
Here we post new publications (studies, reports), government notices and more.
Employment in Ontario increased by 18,900 in November 2016. This includes gains in finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing and information, culture and recreation.
As of December 1, 2016, paper drug eligibility cards will no longer be sent out with monthly statements of assistance for individuals under the Ontario Drug Benefit Program.
Individuals can use their Ontario health cards, instead of the paper drug card, to access prescription drug coverage under the Ontario Drug Benefit program.
Those who are not eligible for an Ontario health card will continue to get a monthly paper drug card until they become eligible.
Starting December 15, Ontario pharmacists will be able to administer additional vaccines to protect against 13 preventable diseases. This includes common travel vaccines for diseases such as Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, and Rabies. In addition, the flu vaccine will continue to be administered by pharmacists, free of charge.
As of December 1, 2016, the Government of Canada has lifted the visa requirement on Mexico.
If you know an individual or organization dedicated to volunteering in the community, you may submit a nomination for the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism. The nomination deadline is December 5, 2016.
Ontario has passed legislation that will ensure equal treatment for all parents and children in the province.
Bill 28, the All Families Are Equal Act, 2016, recognizes the legal status of all parents, whether they are LGBTQ2+ or straight, and whether their children were conceived with or without assistance.
The government plans to proclaim the law in force as of January 1, 2017.
The Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) launched its 3rd national report: How are Canadians Really doing? Examining eight domains of wellbeing from 1994 to 2014, the report concludes:
There is a massive gap between Canadians’ wellbeing and GDP, and it has continued to grow since the 2008 recession.
A new study by the Commission of Canada Mental Health (MHCC) submits convincing arguments on social and economic need to meet the special needs of immigrants, refugees and ethno-cultural and racialized groups (HST) and the populations racialized Canadian born.
The November 2016 issue of the Pathways to Prosperity eBulletin is now available in English and French.