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Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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Kitchener organization quietly helps Afghan refugees

Terry Pender The Record Thu., Oct. 27, 2022

WATERLOO REGION — Wasai Rahimi waited for hours Wednesday evening at Pearson airport for a family of eight to clear customs and immigration as privately sponsored Afghan refugees.

Rahimi’s Kitchener-based non-profit, iHelp International, sponsored the Wasokht family, who had been living in a refugee camp in Wahdat, Tajikistan, for three years.

Immigration has never been higher, and Canadians have never been more pleased with it

Tristin Hopper The National Post Oct 31, 2022  

As immigration surges to its highest levels in Canadian history, a new poll finds that Canada remains one of the most pro-immigration countries on Earth.

According to a telephone survey of 2,000 Canadians conducted by the Environics Institute, record-high numbers of Canadians agree with the notion that Canada “needs more immigrants.” This is in tandem with record low numbers of Canadians who report a belief that “immigration levels are too high.”

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.

Canada's new immigration plan under scrutiny amid housing supply shortage

Tahmina Aziz CTV News Nov. 2, 2022 

In an attempt to address the critical labour shortage in Canada, the federal government has announced plans to welcome half a million immigrants a year by 2025.

While the plan is welcome news for many, some question the logistics of it as the country faces a major housing supply shortage, including Paul Sullivan, a B.C. property tax expert and Ryan LLC partner.

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.

Growing wave of unaccompanied minors among Ukrainians fleeing to Canada

Alistair Steele · CBC News · Posted: Nov 02, 2022

Early on the morning of Feb. 24, 16-year-old Denys was jolted awake by the rumble of Ukrainian tanks racing down a nearby highway to head off the Russian invasion of his country.

Within days, the enemy had broken through and entered the teen's hometown of Bucha, the Kyiv region community that would soon become synonymous with the brutality of the occupiers.

Quebec premier says province can’t take in more immigrants after feds set 500K target

The Canadian Press November 2, 2022

Quebec Premier François Legault is maintaining that the province cannot accept more than 50,000 immigrants a year despite Ottawa’s plans to significantly raise the country’s immigration levels.

Legault told reporters Wednesday that the federal government needs to understand that Quebec is facing a special challenge to preserve the French language.