Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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A nation of immigrants: Newcomers' share of Canadian population hits record

Anna Mehler Paperny October 27, 2022 Salt Wire

TORONTO (Reuters) - Immigrants' share of Canada's population has hit its highest point in the country's 150-year history and the biggest share among G7 countries, new data released by Statistics Canada showed on Wednesday.

Twenty-three percent of Canadians were immigrants in 2021, according to the census, and Statistics Canada projects that between 29% and 34% of the population will be immigrants by 2041.

Racial diversity surges in Waterloo Region as immigration doubles in past five years

Jeff Outhit The Record Tue., Nov. 1, 2022

WATERLOO REGION — Immigration has exploded in this region after years of decline, and racial diversity is surging.

Waterloo Region received 27,840 immigrants between 2016 and 2021, twice as many as it received in the previous five years, according to new census findings.

Ottawa urged to remove quota on Afghan refugee sponsorship program

Canadian Press Oct 28, 2022 

TORONTO — A group of advocates is urging the federal government to remove the limit on applications to sponsor certain Afghan refugees in Canada – or at least stop counting rejected applications towards it.

The government introduced a new program last month to allow Canadian individuals and organizations to privately sponsor up to 3,000 Afghan refugees who don’t have refugee status from the United Nations refugee agency or a foreign state.

Shelter serving immigrant women and refugees set to open in Hamilton

Don Mitchell Global News November 1, 2022

A women’s transition home, providing long-term shelter for immigrant, refugee and Muslim women who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, is about to open in Hamilton.

The outlet, operated by Nisa Homes, expects to aid a growing immigrant population in the city requiring unique cultural or religious needs.

Canada must move faster to resettle Uyghur refugees at risk of being returned to a genocide

Amira Elghawaby The Star Tue., Nov. 1, 2022

Abdulrezzak Muhammed expressed gratitude at being able to recently host over 100 fellow Uyghurs from across Canada at the community centre he runs in Ottawa’s east-end.

They were in town last Wednesday as part of a delegation urging parliamentarians to support a private member’s motion to resettle 10,000 Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims here in Canada.

New video from seasonal farmworkers in Niagara-on-the-Lake calls for permanent resident status

Zahraa Hmood St. Catherine’s Standard Wed., Oct. 19, 2022

The Jamaican seasonal farmworkers behind a letter published this summer comparing Canada’s seasonal foreign workers program to “systematic slavery” have released a new video further describing what they say are subpar conditions and mistreatment on two Niagara-on-the-Lake farms.

This comes as a team assembled by the Jamaican government begins a fact-finding mission to investigate the conditions on Canadian farms and speak with workers.

Manitoba becomes 4th province to say it will stop imprisoning migrants

Brigitte Bureau · CBC News · Posted: Oct 24, 2022

The Manitoba government says it will stop incarcerating migrants detained by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), according to information obtained by Radio-Canada/CBC.

The office of Manitoba Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen told Radio-Canada migrants should not be "languishing" in jail when "they have not been convicted of a crime."

Ottawa Public Health confronts systemic racism, initiates action plan for reform

By Gail Pope Capital Current October 17, 2022

A report examining systemic racism within Ottawa Public Health has highlighted various challenges faced by racialized employees at the City of Ottawa agency that’s leading local efforts to fight COVID-19 and bring greater “health equity” to the capital’s BIPOC communities.

Mei-ling Wiedmeyer and Omar Chu: All people who live and work in Canada should have access to health care

Mei-ling Wiedmeyer and Omar Chu Vancouver Sun Oct 18, 2022  

An estimated one in five British Columbians do not have a primary care provider, and some have gone to desperate lengths to find one. These stories are heartbreaking, and we think that everyone living in B.C. deserves access to health care.

Newmarket program assists youth experiencing anti-Black racism

Newmarket Today Staff 17 October 2022

On Saturday, MPP Dawn Gallagher Murphy met with the team at the Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association (NACCA) to hear more about the impact that a six-month $49,600 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) has had on delivering an innovative mental wellness program for Black youth, led by Black youth.