Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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

Niagara Health program helping immigrants become registered nurses in Ontario

Brilee Sears St. Catherine Standard Thu., Feb. 9, 2023

Nurses from around the world — who now live in the Niagara Region — are being given the chance to work in their field through supervised practice experience partnerships.

The supervised practice experience partnership (SPEP) program began in 2022, with Niagara Health selected as one of the participating hospitals for the initiative.

Why is Canada snubbing internationally trained doctors during a health-care crisis?

The Canadian Press Feb 06, 2023  

Authors: Simran Purewal, Research Associate, Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University; Evelyn Encalada Grez, Assistant Professor, Labour Studies, Simon Fraser University, and Paola Ardiles, Senior Lecturer, Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

Internationally trained doctors are being sidelined in Canada while six million Canadians do not have a family doctor.

Former Afghan interpreter left in the dark on immigration status after government paperwork changes

Raffy Boudjikanian · CBC News · Posted: Feb 07, 2023

Ten days after retired Canadian military nursing officer Lisa Compton told CBC News about her struggles to bring an Afghan military interpreter and his family to Canada, the federal immigration department has stopped providing her with updates on his case.

Ottawa extends, expands work permit program for Hong Kong residents

Aaron D’Andrea Global News February 6, 2023

Ottawa has extended and expanded a work permit program for Hong Kong residents seeking jobs in Canada as advocates warned thousands could be shut out with its expiry.

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced Monday that the federal government was extending the application deadline for the temporary three-year open work permit to Feb. 7, 2025. It was set to expire Tuesday.

TD strikes deal with Canada immigration site as newcomers surge

Kevin Orland, Bloomberg News January 31, 2023

Gerry Butts, vice chair of Eurasia Group and former principal secretary to the prime minister of Canada, joins BNN Bloomberg to discuss the inclusion of Canada in Eurasia Group's Top Risks 2023 report. Butts speaks about the risks Canada faces from China and from growing divisiveness in the United States, and also mentions the advantages Canada has which other countries do not.

New regulations on migrant farm workers should tackle employer/employee power imbalances

February 1, 2023 The Conversation Stephanie Mayell, C. Susana Caxaj &Janet McLaughlin

The government of Canada recently amended the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations to include new employer obligations. These amendments are intended to enhance protections for migrant workers and ensure the integrity of the government’s temporary foreign worker program.