Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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

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.

Canada reverses immigration decision to make it easier for families to reunite

Sarbmeet Singh · CBC News · Posted: Dec 13, 2022

Thousands of foreign nationals hoping to live in Canada are elated after Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced changes to how people coming to the country on a super visa can pay for their medical insurance.

Launched in 2011, the super visa program allows permanent residents (PR) and citizens to invite their non-resident parents and grandparents to stay with them in Canada for up to five years at a time.

Federal government to provide more funding for skilled refugee resettlement program

Michael Lee CTV News Tuesday, December 13, 2022

The federal government says it will provide more funding for a program aimed at bringing skilled refugees to Canada.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced on Tuesday that it would provide an additional $6.2 million for six projects run by partner organizations through the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot.

Canada's National Farmers Union wants permanent status for migrants

Toula Mazloum City News Dec 16, 2022

The National Farmer’s Union (NFU) is asking the government to give migrants “full and permanent status.”

It comes as International Migrants Day is marked on Dec.16.

NFU says they asked for equal rights for agricultural workers living, working, and studying in Canada last year.

Some of the demands included obtaining full residency status upon arrival and safe and dignified work conditions.