Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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Some Trans People Are Preparing to Flee the US and Seek Asylum Abroad

Anya Zoledziowski Vice January 10, 2023

Rynn Azerial Willgohs, a 50-year-old transgender woman, has been rapidly researching ways to flee the United States. She’s from the U.S., but with physical attacks against transgender and nonbinary people on the rise and lawmakers targeting transgender people with increasingly draconian legislation that criminalizes their very existence, Willgohs is worried. 

Liberal minister says Canada needs more immigration, some worried about impacts on services

Nojoud Al Mallees The Canadian Press Friday, January 13, 2023

OTTAWA -- As Canada plans to significantly ramp up its immigration levels in the coming years, some policy experts are worried about potential effects on health care, housing and the labour market.

But Immigration Minister Sean Fraser insists that Canada needs more newcomers to address labour shortages and demographic changes that threaten the country's future.

Alberta immigration program changes to prioritize those with immediate family in the province

Omar Sherif · CBC News · Posted: Jan 18, 2023

Alberta is adjusting its immigration process in an attempt to make it easier for those with ties to the province to move to Canada.

The province announced Wednesday that they will allocate 25 per cent of express entry nominations to potential newcomers with skills in high demand who have immediate family members already living in Alberta.

Ukrainian refugee finds hope and new opportunity through Ottawa Mission program

CTV News Dave Charbonneau Thursday, January 12th 2023

The Food Services Training Program at the Ottawa Mission is a free program that gives the most vulnerable a chance to turn their lives around.

The program is helping one Ukrainian refugee start a new life in a new country.

Tetiana Kitsynenko is a Ukrainian refugee who has just graduated from the Chef Ric's Food Services Training Program at the Ottawa Mission. 

Opinion: Coming to a new country as a refugee can be overwhelming

Rosemary Legge Fort Erie Post Thursday, January 19, 2023

Uprooting yourself from what is comfortable and known can be overwhelming and scary. Traversing the highways and byways, moving into a new home, changing careers, or other major changes can make the best of us feel stressed and uncertain. For many, these changes can be even more pronounced when they result from persecution, war, or other trauma.

This pilot program makes it easier for newcomers to Canada to become permanent residents

Jonathan Migneault · CBC News · Posted: Jan 19, 2023

Felix Koros moved from Kenya to Sault Ste. Marie., Ont., with his family in early December, and thanks to an immigration pilot program, he says he is on track to become a permanent resident soon.

"We thank God that we are here in Canada," said Koros, who was an engineer in his home country, and now works as an aircraft mechanic for a company called JD Aero.