Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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Quebec suspends immigration program for non-French-speaking entrepreneurs

The Canadian Press Dec. 21, 2022

Business people from abroad who are thinking of immigrating to Quebec with a business project but don't speak French will have to change their plans in 2023.

The Minister of Immigration, Francisation and Integration, Christine Fréchette, announced on Wednesday that she would suspend the receipt of applications for non-French-speaking candidates in Stream 1 of the Entrepreneur Program, as well as in the Self-Employed Program, as of Dec. 28.

From war-torn countries to a peaceful place: How Afghan and Ukrainian newcomers are coping in Canada

Hayatullah Amanat CTV News Dec. 20, 2022  

Some Afghan and Ukrainian newcomers to Canada say that although they are struggling with different challenges in their new country, they now feel safe and live in peace.

Since August of 2021, more than 26,000 Afghans have relocated to Canada since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan. The Canadian government maintains it will fulfill its commitment to bring at least 40,000 Afghan refugees into the country by the end of 2023.

As residents flee Hong Kong, some want Canada to do more to bring them here

CBC News · Posted: Dec 20, 2022

As Hong Kong experiences its biggest emigration wave in decades, many residents looking to leave are calling on the Canadian government to expand the eligibility for special immigration programs. 

"The Hong Kong we grew up in, that we used to know, is not the same anymore," said a former resident who moved to Canada through one of its programs. 

"We just no longer feel safe." 

Canada plans to welcome millions of immigrants. Can our aging infrastructure keep up?

Tyler Dawson The National Post Published Dec 21, 2022  

The Canadian population just blew past 39 million, and the country is only going to get bigger: Ottawa announced in November it wants to bring in a half-million more immigrants each year. The population grows apace, our infrastructure — governmental and private — is struggling to keep up. And it’s a story playing out across Canada.

New study shows that high rates of workplace injuries in Montreal involve immigrants

The Canadian Press 20 December 2022

A new study from a Montreal research institute for occupational health and safety estimates that up to 80 per cent of people who are injured at work in the city and require rehabilitation are immigrants.

Jessica Dube, a researcher with the Robert-Sauve institute, says the province’s workplace health and safety board reports that the majority of cases involve immigrants – compared to a decade ago when the majority involved Quebecois workers.