Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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Ukrainian migrants face hurdles in accessing primary care, say health experts

Adina Bresge The Canadian Press Mon., July 11, 2022

Migrant health experts are warning that the swift influx of Ukrainians fleeing to Canada could put some at risk of falling through cracks in primary care.

A new analysis published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on Monday suggests that Canada’s special visitor visa program for Ukrainians escaping war may help streamline the immigration process, but could also create gaps in access to medical care.

Path to reconciliation in health care needs Indigenous leaders

By Sara Goulet | Canada’s National Observation | July 13th 2022

As a child, I travelled to Inuit and First Nations communities in Nunavut and northern Manitoba with my father Lorne, a legendary bush pilot. He showed me the beauty of Indigenous people and their land and taught me about the power, strength and resilience that comes from embracing this connection to the land, its spirit, its beings, and Creator.

The hard road to success for skilled young immigrants

By Morgan Sharp |  Canada’s National Observer| July 14th 2022

Jad Jaber worked hard before getting to Canada, and he’s worked hard since arriving just before the pandemic hit, but it never seems to be enough. Or else it’s too much.

The 31-year-old has two postgraduate qualifications and sits on a city advisory board for LGBTQ+ issues and the board of Pride Toronto yet relies on the privilege of having a well-off extended family back in Lebanon to help cover their rent and food.

Toronto could spend $68M to house refugees in hotel — weeks after scathing AG report on shelter costs

Michael Smee · CBC News · Posted: Jul 08, 2022

City of Toronto staff have unveiled a plan to lease a North York hotel for more than $68 million and convert it into a temporary home for refugees — just weeks after an auditor's report slammed the city's handling of contracts with local hotels it uses as shelters.

New Muslim Youth Council to address gaps in mental health services in KW

CBC News · Posted: Jul 07, 2022

Some marginalized and newcomer youth in Kitchener Waterloo say they are struggling to find a safe space where they can come together to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences. 

A newly formed Muslim Youth Council is aiming to address some of the barriers Muslim youth in the region face. The council will research and collect data from young community members who may be dealing with racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia.

'It's difficult': Ukrainian newcomers struggle to make ends meet in Canada

Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press July 10 2022

Sabina Abilova and Andrii Koziura sit at the dinner table in their basement apartment, laptops open, searching for jobs that might help them pay for next month’s rent.

The Ukrainian newcomers arrived in Toronto just a few weeks ago, looking to escape the conflict in their country, and have been burning through their savings as they’re faced with the high cost of living in the city.

Refugees' qualifications may be fast tracked for review to help them find work

Breanna Driedger Fairview Post  Jul 08, 2022  

The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) is currently utilizing two initiatives that support refugees with engineering technology backgrounds. Foreign credentials are often not recognized in Canada,  says ASET. They provide ways to work around these issues and fast-track employment.

‘Racism and discrimination are very present here’: Immigration Partnership director talks about racism in Waterloo Region

Loraine Centeno The Star Sat., July 9, 2022

Like most other regions in Canada, Waterloo Region isn’t immune to racism and discrimination.

These are “very present here,” Waterloo Region Immigration Partnership executive director, Tara Bedard, said in an interview with the Cambridge Times.

Beddard and her team regularly work with immigrants who come to the region.