Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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Nova Scotia able to welcome hundreds more immigrants this year Social Sharing

CBC News · Posted: Jun 16, 2022

The Nova Scotia government has announced a huge jump in the number of allocations to the provincial nominee and Atlantic immigration programs.

The province said in a news release Thursday it can approve a total of 5,430 applicants this year — 40 per cent more than the 3,857 it approved to settle in Nova Scotia in 2021. 

Mississauga expanding assistive recreation program to accept Ukrainian refugees

Sabrina Gamrot The Star Fri., June 10, 2022

A recreation program from the City of Mississauga has been expanded to include Ukrainians without refugee documentation.

The ActiveAssist program gives low-income residents and newcomers with refugee status access to city-run recreation and cultural programs with a $275 credit.

Urgent measures need to ensure rights of Canadian children: UN committee

By Laura Osman | National Observer | June 10th 2022

The United Nations committee on the rights of the child has released a report expressing serious concerns about the welfare of children in Canada — particularly those who are Indigenous.

"The committee is deeply concerned about the discrimination against children in marginalized and disadvantaged situations," said the report, made public Thursday.

Ukrainian refugee finds 'peaceful, safe' home in Sudbury

CBC News · Posted: Jun 14, 2022

As fighting continues to destroy her home country, Ukrainian Olha Iovych says she's searching for a peaceful, safe community in which to temporarily raise her family.

And she may have finally found that respite in northern Ontario.

Iovych is one of several Ukrainian refugees who have settled in Sudbury, following a mass exodus from Ukraine following attacks from neighbouring Russia.

Immigration ministry needs ability to waive paperwork requirements during emergencies

The Canadian Press  June 9th 2022

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada needs an emergency mechanism to respond quickly to humanitarian crises, according to a new report from the special parliamentary committee on Afghanistan.

That would include allowing the minister to lift biometric requirements, introduce special visas, establish refugee sponsorship programs, and establish air gateways if needed.

Feds increase funding for program helping internationally trained health professionals get certified

Thomas Desormeaux Jun 06, 2022  Ottawa Citizen

The federal government is extending funding for the National Newcomer Navigation Network (N4), a program that aims to help newcomers to Canada navigate social and medical services, MP Marie-France Lalonde announced at a press conference outside CHEO Monday.

First Muslim youth council launches in Waterloo Region

Mariam Nouser Waterloo Region Record Wed., June 8, 2022

WATERLOO REGION — Abdul Haseeb believes Islamophobia and racism have played a huge part in the mental health struggles of Muslim youth.

The Cambridge high school student hopes to tackle this challenge with seven other local Muslim high school and university students as part of the region’s first Muslim Youth Council.