Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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Canada should fly vulnerable Afghans directly here, do checks after: advocate

Rachel Gilmore Global News January 22, 2023

Afghans who are facing immediate, high risks from the Taliban should be brought straight into Canada now, an advocate says.

Canada can worry about identification checks, such as fingerprinting, afterwards, Tim Laidler of the Veterans Transition Network told host Mercedes Stephenson in an interview for The West Block.

Liberal minister says Canada needs more immigration, some worried about impacts on services

Nojoud Al Mallees The Canadian Press Friday, January 13, 2023

OTTAWA -- As Canada plans to significantly ramp up its immigration levels in the coming years, some policy experts are worried about potential effects on health care, housing and the labour market.

But Immigration Minister Sean Fraser insists that Canada needs more newcomers to address labour shortages and demographic changes that threaten the country's future.

Ukrainian refugee finds hope and new opportunity through Ottawa Mission program

CTV News Dave Charbonneau Thursday, January 12th 2023

The Food Services Training Program at the Ottawa Mission is a free program that gives the most vulnerable a chance to turn their lives around.

The program is helping one Ukrainian refugee start a new life in a new country.

Tetiana Kitsynenko is a Ukrainian refugee who has just graduated from the Chef Ric's Food Services Training Program at the Ottawa Mission. 

Opinion: Coming to a new country as a refugee can be overwhelming

Rosemary Legge Fort Erie Post Thursday, January 19, 2023

Uprooting yourself from what is comfortable and known can be overwhelming and scary. Traversing the highways and byways, moving into a new home, changing careers, or other major changes can make the best of us feel stressed and uncertain. For many, these changes can be even more pronounced when they result from persecution, war, or other trauma.

'It's a nightmare': Frustration mounts as permanent residency delays continue

Dilshad Burman City News Posted Jan 13, 2023

After an unscheduled pause in the Express Entry program for almost two months, Canada is once again inviting people to apply for permanent residency (PR) as of January 11. Candidates looking to make the country their permanent home say they’re furious that the pause will cause further delays in an already backlogged system.