Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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

Prime Minister Announces Special Advisor on LGBTQ2 Issues

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has announced that Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, has been named Special Advisor on LGBTQ2 issues.

Mr. Boissonnault’s principal role will be to advise the Prime Minister on the development and co-ordination of the Government of Canada’s LGBTQ2 agenda. This will include working with LGBTQ2 organizations from across the country to promote equality for the LGBTQ2 community, protect the rights of its members, and address discrimination against them – both historical and current.

Advisor Appointed to Review Use of Segregation in the Province’s Corrections System

Ontario has appointed an independent advisor on corrections reform to provide advice to the government on the use of segregation and ways to improve the province's adult corrections system.

Howard Sapers, who has most recently served as the Correctional Investigator of Canada and Ombudsman for offenders sentenced in federal correctional institutions, will review the use of all forms of segregation in Ontario's corrections facilities, and will identify opportunities for longer-term corrections transformation.

Canada's First Financial Empowerment Champions

Prosper Canada is partnering with five non-profit/charitable organizations nationwide to improve the financial well-being of one million Canadians living on low incomes.

Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program, these five partners will be known as Financial Empowerment Champions (FECs) with the aim to expand proven financial empowerment (FE) interventions across the country. The partners include:

Recorded Webinar: What Comes First — Language or Work?

Learning a new language is a primary step for successful integration for newcomers. Finding meaningful employment opportunities is also an essential step for those who arrive and are able and willing to work. In this Hire Immigrants webinar, Jonas Mansson and Merissa Preston share their research and practical workplace tips and advice on language training for newcomers.

Backgrounder to Express Entry Changes

Targeted changes to the Express Entry system are being made on November 19, 2016.

Before November 19, 2016

Job offers

The Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) awards 600 points for a job that is permanent and is supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).


The Express Entry system only awards points for education overall as long as it has been assessed as equivalent to a Canadian standard.