Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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

Inflation hits international students hard, with some turning to food banks

Nono Shen The Canadian Press Oct. 2, 2022

Laughter lights up the gathering twilight at Langara College in Vancouver, where first-year health science student Jagiit Singh is chatting with friends next to the school's fountain.

But his smile fades when he's asked about the cost of living in Canada since moving from India last year.

Number of immigrants in Guelph to grow more than 60% by 2041, Statistics Canada says

Graeme McNaughton Guelph Mercury Monday, October 3, 2022

More and more immigrants will be calling Guelph home in the years and decades ahead.

According to data released in September by Statistics Canada, the number of first-generation immigrants in the area is expected to grow substantially through 2041, reaching approximately 60,000 people by then, representing growth of more than 60 per cent from what was seen in 2020.

Ottawa wants Black class-action discrimination lawsuit dismissed

Jacques Gallant The Record Tue., Oct. 4, 2022

The federal government wants a court to dismiss a proposed class-action lawsuit brought by Black Canadian civil servants alleging systemic discrimination.

In a notice filed with the Federal Court on Monday, the government argues the plaintiffs should instead go through the grievance process, and that the court therefore doesn’t have jurisdiction to deal with the case.

Women’s shelter stretched thin amid high inflation, housing crisis

Ritika Dubey The Hamilton Spectator Thu., Sept. 22, 2022

The 22-bed facility isn’t meeting the growing demand at a west Mountain women’s shelter.

Interval House of Hamilton is currently home to about 31 women and children — well over its designed capacity.

While the non-profit organization has had capacity-related issues before, it’s different this time, says Sue Taylor, executive director of Interval House of Hamilton.

Recruiters and employers increasingly taking advantage of temporary foreign workers, advocate says

Joel Ballard, Francis Plourde · CBC News · Posted: Sep 23, 2022

Temporary foreign workers are reporting paying recruiters and employers thousands of dollars to obtain a permit to work in Canada — only to end up with nothing. 

CBC Radio-Canada spoke with multiple experts who say some employers and immigration consultants in B.C. often take advantage of workers from abroad. 

Local refugee resettlement group, Stratford Welcomes Refugees, looking for new sponsorship groups

Galen Simmons The Stratford Beacon Herald Sep 26, 2022  

As a local refugee resettlement group nears its next fundraising goal of $24,000 — the amount required to settle a family of four in Stratford — it will host a meeting next week to educate prospective sponsorship groups about what it takes to sponsor a local refugee family.

Canada’s immigration minister leaves door open to extending Afghan resettlement programs

Nicholas Keung The Star Thu., Sept. 22, 2022

As Canada reaches the halfway point of meeting its commitment to resettle 40,000 Afghan refugees, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser says he’s not ruling out lifting the current cap and welcoming more into this country.

But for the moment, he says, his main focus is the 8,500 people to whom Canada has already promised refuge who remain stuck in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.