Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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Canada-bound Afghans left in the dark after two charter flights from Islamabad are cancelled

Raffy Boudjikanian · CBC News · Posted: Jun 29, 2022

Two charter flights scheduled to leave Islamabad for Canada carrying Afghan refugees failed to depart Pakistan this week, CBC News has learned. 

"That was quite disappointing; to find out that the flight was cancelled," said Jameel Haqmall, a former Canadian NGO employee who fled Afghanistan in May with his family after months of living in hiding.

Why Indian immigrants' 1st names sometimes end up as XXX on Canadian passports

Rebecca Zandbergen · CBC News · Posted: Jun 28, 2022

Safa Khan didn't think her Canadian passport would prove to be such a hassle when she first moved from Delhi to London, Ont., nearly 10 years ago.

Khan received her Canadian passport earlier this year, with her full name — first, middle and last — shown as Safa Jamaluddin Khan printed in the surname field. Her first name on the official document reads XXX.

Canada will open embassy in Rwanda to combat Russian and Chinese influence

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mélanie Joly announced during a news conference in Kigali, Rwanda on Wednesday that Canada will be opening an embassy and assigning an ambassador in Rwanda’s capital city for the first time ever. “More than ever, Canada’s voice needs to be heard,” Joly said. “We need more boots on the ground.” Joly also announced that Canada will be appointing a new ambassador to the African Union based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Nova Scotia able to welcome hundreds more immigrants this year Social Sharing

CBC News · Posted: Jun 16, 2022

The Nova Scotia government has announced a huge jump in the number of allocations to the provincial nominee and Atlantic immigration programs.

The province said in a news release Thursday it can approve a total of 5,430 applicants this year — 40 per cent more than the 3,857 it approved to settle in Nova Scotia in 2021. 

With thousands of Afghans still desperate to flee the Taliban, is Canada set to close its doors?

Nicholas Keung The Star Fri., June 17, 2022

Fears are mounting that Canada will soon stop accepting applications from Afghans looking to escape the Taliban and resettle in this country.

The federal government is believed to be inching toward its goal of inviting 40,000 Afghans to resettle here under a special immigration program, with advocates saying they’ve been told that all the spots are expected to be filled by this summer.