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Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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Ukrainian newcomers face challenges as some landlords demand months of advance rent

Sharif Hassan November 10, 2022 The Canadian Press

Galyna Durysvt spent months looking for a rental apartment in the Greater Toronto Area after fleeing the war in Ukraine.

She’d view prospective rentals and put in applications but kept hitting a wall in her search when some landlords asked for up to six months’ rent in advance – a practice that’s prohibited under provincial rules.

Canada identifies international students as ‘ideal immigrants’ but supports are lacking

Published: November 9, 2022 The Conversation Isaac Garcia-Sitton

The number of international students in Canada has steadily increased over the last decade, contributing approximately $22 billion to the Canadian economy, and an estimated $5.1 billion in annual revenues to Canadian universities.

Indian immigrants take top spot among Hamilton’s recent immigrants, census data shows

Ritika Dubey The Hamilton Spectator Fri., Nov. 11, 2022

Indian immigrants represent the largest portion of Hamilton’s recently arrived immigrant population, according to the latest census report.

Indians make up 18 per cent of the total recent immigrants in Hamilton, according to the 2021 census report — more than double the number since the last census in 2016 at 7.7 per cent.

New data shows big boost in hiring at Canada’s immigration department. ‘What were they doing?’

Nicholas Keung The Star Mon., Nov. 14, 2022

Only eight months into 2022, Canada already received almost as many permanent and temporary resident applications it did in 2019 before the pandemic.

After a two-year slump, the engine of the country’s immigration system is running above its capacity in 2019 by 45 per cent and the number of permanent and temporary residence applicants processed through the system is bound to exceed the 3.2 million recorded in the pre-COVID year.

New program at Western University seeks to empower London's future Black leaders

Isha Bhargava · CBC News · Posted: Nov 11, 2022

A significant goal for Western University student Olateju Obisesan is to bridge the gap between her city and its Black community by helping provide them with the support they need. 

It's an ambition that made her one of 20 members of Western's new Black Leadership University Experience (BLUE), which strives to provide Black students with work experience and networking opportunities within the London, Ont., community. 

With record Canadian immigration targets, housing fears soar, but anxieties are unfounded, experts say

Yvette Brend · CBC News · Posted: Nov 08, 2022

Finding enough workers to assemble pre-built walls and floors at the Etobicoke plant where Paul Askett manages manufacturing is a grind. 

He's hoping that a record wave of new Canadians expected over the next three years will help. Demand for the factory's product — installed in Ontario housing — is surging, but Askett says the assembly floor crew is usually short by about 10 per cent. 

Quebec looks to fast-track permanent residency for francophone immigrants

CBC News · Posted: Nov 09, 2022

Quebec could be accepting more immigrants — but only if they're francophones.

Premier François Legault's government, which was firmly opposed to increasing the number of immigrants, might create a new program or category that would target immigrants who are already in Quebec, Radio-Canada is reporting.

Why are migrant farm workers calling for permanent residence status for all? A Niagara lawyer explains

Zahraa Hmood St. Catherine’s Standard Tue., Nov. 8, 2022

Mandip Grewal is a staff lawyer with the Niagara Community Legal Clinic, focused on handling the legal concerns of seasonal farm workers in the Niagara region, particularly Niagara-on-the-Lake. "I've seen workers speak about their rights, and they're just not called back the next season — that's a way for employers to circumvent the law," she says.