Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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Canada launches new process to welcome skilled newcomers with work experience in priority jobs as permanent residents

May 31, 2023—Ottawa—With employers eagerly seeking to fill countless vacant positions across the country, immigration emerges as a vital piece to solving this puzzle. Recognizing this reality, the Government of Canada is building an immigration system that acts as a catalyst for growth, empowering businesses, helping address their labour needs and strengthening French communities.

'Nothing to come back to,' says Ukrainian woman in Canada, her beloved home destroyed

Laura Osman, The Canadian Press March 27, 2023

Oleksandra Verovkina and her son, Danylo, would stroll half a block through the back alley behind their apartment to a large forest. They would walk hand in hand beneath the tall trees, the air filled with the scent of pine resin, until the three-year old lost steam, and then return home.

Responding to Intimate Partner Violence: Refugee Assistance Program Workers Relaunch

Refugee women sometimes experience intimate partner violence. Do you know how pre-migration and migration trauma can impact the safety of refugee women and their families? Do you know how to work collaboratively with violence against women experts in your community? Does your organization have policies and protocols in place to help you respond safely and effectively to situations of intimate partner violence?

We hope that you will accept our invitation to take advantage of this free training for yourself or your organization to help standardize your RAP workers' approach to aiding female refugee survivors of violence.

Visitors can continue to apply for work permits inside Canada with temporary policy extended by 2 years

Ottawa, February 28, 2023—Foreign nationals who are in Canada as visitors and who receive a valid job offer will continue to be able to apply for and receive a work permit without having to leave the country. Visitors applying under this public policy who held a work permit within the last 12 months will also continue to be able to request interim work authorization to begin working for their new employer more quickly. Set to expire today, this COVID-era temporary public policy has been extended by 2 years, until February 28, 2025.

Asylum seekers facing uncertainty as they navigate immigration process

Sarah Kester · CBC News · Posted: Feb 21, 2023

Nigeria and hopes to continue his studies to become a teacher. (Sarah Kester/CBC)

David Olorunleye has been in Canada since last August, living as a refugee in Cornwall, Ont. 

Olorunleye said he left his home in Nigeria in March, ending up in the United States before walking across the border into Canada. 

Advocates say migrants must be welcomed by Quebec, not sent to other provinces

CBC News · Posted: Feb 21, 2023

Migrants crossing from New York into Quebec at Roxham Road should not be seen as a burden, according to the executive director of a Montreal-based non-profit organization that offers support to refugee claimants.

"What if some of these asylum seekers coming in have family here? What if they do speak French? Wouldn't you want them as part of our workforce?" Dina Souleiman asked.