Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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Afghans who worked on Canadian-funded projects feel abandoned waiting for refuge in Pakistan

Janice Dickson The Globe and Mail 25 November 2022

A group of Afghans who worked on Canadian-funded projects intended to promote the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan say they are now stuck in neighbouring Pakistan and running out of money for food and rent, more than a year after they thought they would be resettled in Canada.

What are Immigration Canada's plans for your country?

Rhythm Sachdeva CTV News Nov. 23, 2022

Shortly after the federal government unveiled plans for its ambitious goal of seeing 500,000 immigrants arrive each year by 2025, The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) published its strategic objectives for Asia and the Americas.

The federal government's immigration goals put a heavy emphasis on admitting more permanent residents with needed work skills and experience to supplement Canada's historic labour shortage.

Ian Mulgrew: Canada's refugee system continues to fail Afghans

Ian Mulgrew Vancouver Sun Nov 24, 2022  

“We have been here for a year and two months. We don’t have a Pakistani visa as our visa expired at the end of June. We have applied for a new one, but we are not expecting to get it.”

Momtaz and her family are the kind of refugees that you would think Canada would encourage, but the bureaucracy of the immigration system has created an unequal, complex and often-unfair process.

Hameed and Saeed: End the detention of immigrants in Ontario jails

Yavar Hameed &  Haniya Saeed Ottawa Citizen Nov 23, 2022  

On Nov. 14, a campaign was announced in Ottawa to end the federal government’s contracts with provincial prisons for holding immigration detainees. This campaign, spearheaded by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, builds on the recent momentum of four provinces — British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Alberta and Manitoba — that have agreed to end their contracts with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). It is time for Ontario to follow suit.

Achev employment agency helping newcomer women thrive in job markets

Qiam Noori Mississauga News Friday, November 18, 2022

Canadian women face systematic challenges in finding desired jobs, expanding careers, or settling in a new community. But those challenges are even harder for newcomer women or women of colour, according to Tonie Chaltas, head of Achev.

To address these challenges, the GTA employment agency recently launched a new Women's Pillar initiative at its head office in Mississauga.

Facing barriers to practice medicine, Niagara’s internationally trained doctors looking to be ‘part of solution’

Victoria Nicolaou The Record Fri., Nov. 18, 2022

Moises Vasquez came to Canada from Colombia as a refugee — with no English skills, but more than 10 years experience working in an emergency department as a general practitioner.

After arriving at Chez Marie Refugee Assistance Centre — alongside his pregnant wife, Daisy, and two children — he began his new life. Volunteering in the community. Getting to know the different areas of Niagara. Learning a new language.

Racism and hate are threats to public safety. Why haven’t we heard this during the Emergencies Act inquiry?

Amira Elghawaby The Star Wed., Nov. 16, 2022

Did I miss something?

On Monday, the Public Order Emergency Commission heard testimony that the head of the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service “at no time” felt that the so-called Freedom Convoy threatened Canada’s security.