News

Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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

Expansion of Student Direct Stream to support Francophone immigration

Canada is making the Student Direct Stream (SDS) available to international students coming from Senegal and Morocco, starting September 9, 2019.

By providing fast, reliable processing of study permit applications, Canada is better equipped to compete in attracting the best and the brightest from around the world.

The more efficient SDS process was launched in 2018 for students applying from China, India, the Philippines and Vietnam, with an average processing time of less than 3 weeks.

The government announced details of the first year of funding under the new $200-million math strategy

Ontario's Minister of Education announced the details of the new four-year $200-million math strategy to get back to basics and make sure students and educators have the math skills and resources to succeed in the classroom and beyond.

The government announced details of the first year of funding under the new $200-million math strategy - beginning with an initial investment of $55 million in the 2019-2020 school year. This investment will support critical programming and resources for students and educators alike, by focusing on teaching fundamentals.

Ontario Government Approves New School for Whitby Students

Ontario has approved a new school building to help create better learning environments for students at St. Marguerite D'Youville Catholic School in Whitby. 

The Minister of Education, was joined by the MPP for Whitby, at All Saints Catholic Secondary School today to share how the new school will support families in the growing community. The new facilities will also include a child care room and an EarlyON Child and Family Centre room to provide more families with high-quality child care.

Government of Canada provides funding to Peel to address interim housing shortages

The Government of Canada will provide the Region of Peel with $2.2 million in response to challenges it has faced with respect to providing temporary accommodation to asylum claimants over the last 2 years.

The Government of Canada is committed to orderly migration, which includes helping provinces and municipalities adapt to pressures faced with respect to providing temporary housing to asylum claimants.

Ontario to seek input on improving the child welfare system

Ontario wants every child and young person to be supported to succeed, and to thrive. The child welfare system is facing challenges - not all children, youth and families are getting the quality of support they deserve, and some children are struggling once they leave care. 

Today the Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues, announced the launch of an engagement with youth, families, caregivers, frontline workers and child welfare sector leaders to strengthen the child welfare system for children and youth.

Challenges the system is facing include:

Government of Canada provides funding to Hamilton to ease temporary housing pressures

The Government of Canada is providing the City of Hamilton with $220,000 as a result of recent costs incurred by the city in providing interim housing to asylum claimants.

Like many other countries, Canada is experiencing a rise in the number of people claiming asylum. Temporary housing has been a key challenge for many provinces and municipalities, as the demand for shelter space has increased, due to asylum claimants seeking Canada’s protection.

No Fundamental Changes to Average Class Sizes for 2019-20 School Year

Ontario's government is taking action to provide students and their families with predictability for the upcoming school year by introducing modest changes to current class sizes. The Minister of Education, was joined by the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education, the MPP for Scarborough-Rouge Park, and the MPP for Scarborough Centre today to host a parent and educator roundtable ahead of the new school year. 

Amendments to Ontario's class size regulation are being made for the 2019-20 school year to reflect up to:

The Ontario government has released the revised elementary Health and Physical Education (HPE) curriculum

The Ontario government has released the revised elementary Health and Physical Education (HPE) curriculum. It is now available online, along with a parent-friendly resource on what children will learn in each grade.

Following the province's largest consultation on education, the elementary Health and Physical Education curriculum has been updated to reflect public feedback, research and advice from experts.

Canada recognizes the extension of validity of Venezuelan passports

Canada recognizes the decree published by the Venezuelan National Assembly on June 7, 2019, regarding the validity of expired Venezuelan passports.

Venezuelan passport holders wanting to travel to or stay in Canada can now continue to use their passport if it expired less than 5 years ago or will soon expire.

Venezuelans can use these passports to apply for a visitor visa, a study or work permit, or permanent residence or to extend their stay in Canada.

Applicants must meet all eligibility and entry requirements to travel to and stay in Canada.