Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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

'We are not strangers in the country:' Advocates question why Diwali isn't a public holiday in Canada

Rhythm Sachdeva CTV News Oct. 27, 2022

As millions of South Asians around the world celebrate Diwali this year, a festival symbolizing triumph over darkness and dating back 2,500 years, its strong foothold on regions far from the Indian subcontinent also comes to light.

A five-day celebration enjoyed by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists, it is considered a national holiday in India, Fiji, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Nepal and most recently, a city in the United States.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

Migrants and supporters in Canada advocate for regularization, permanent status

Griffin Jaeger · CBC News · Posted: Oct 16, 2022

When Samuel Kisitu, a father of three, fled his home in Uganda to come to Canada in 2019, he thought he came to the promised land, where his dreams could be fulfilled. 

Instead, he was met with the reality of living undocumented, unsure of when he could see his family again, and the inability to grow in his professional life.