Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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New online immigration system’s many glitches are putting applicants’ futures at risk, say critics

Nicholas Keung The Star Thu., Oct. 6, 2022

Having a tough time logging into your immigration application portal? Running out of space to fill out your information? Failing to upload a document because it’s oversized, or finding you can’t examine the files you just uploaded?

Ottawa working on program to regularize status of 500,000 immigrants

CBC News · Posted: Oct 07, 2022

The federal government is aiming to create a program that will provide a path to permanent residency for up to 500,000 immigrants who are working in Canada but do not have official standing. 

The program would have unprecedented scope and apply to people whose visa or work permits had expired, and to those whose refugee applications may have been denied or blocked due to a moratorium on deportations to their country, according to Radio-Canada. 

What is the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement?

Tom Yun CTVNews Thursday, October 6, 2022

The Supreme Court of Canada will take time to weigh arguments about the constitutionality of an 18-year refugee agreement between Ottawa and Washington after hearing a challenge Thursday from claimants and human rights advocates.

The Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) allows Canada to turn away asylum seekers seeking entry from the U.S. at official land border crossings.

Number of immigrants in Guelph to grow more than 60% by 2041, Statistics Canada says

Graeme McNaughton Guelph Mercury Monday, October 3, 2022

More and more immigrants will be calling Guelph home in the years and decades ahead.

According to data released in September by Statistics Canada, the number of first-generation immigrants in the area is expected to grow substantially through 2041, reaching approximately 60,000 people by then, representing growth of more than 60 per cent from what was seen in 2020.

Ottawa wants Black class-action discrimination lawsuit dismissed

Jacques Gallant The Record Tue., Oct. 4, 2022

The federal government wants a court to dismiss a proposed class-action lawsuit brought by Black Canadian civil servants alleging systemic discrimination.

In a notice filed with the Federal Court on Monday, the government argues the plaintiffs should instead go through the grievance process, and that the court therefore doesn’t have jurisdiction to deal with the case.

Inflation hits international students hard, with some turning to food banks

Nono Shen The Canadian Press Oct. 2, 2022

Laughter lights up the gathering twilight at Langara College in Vancouver, where first-year health science student Jagiit Singh is chatting with friends next to the school's fountain.

But his smile fades when he's asked about the cost of living in Canada since moving from India last year.