Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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Ontario Government Holds Budget Consultation in Halton Region

The Ontario Government is asking people in Halton Region for their best advice on how to make life more affordable, invest in critical public services and balance the budget by 2023 through public consultations for the 2020 Budget.

Today, theMinister of Financem, the MPP for Oakville, the, MPP for Oakville North—Burlington, and the MPP for Burlington, were in Oakville to host a public consultation for the 2020 Budget.

Federal Government Increasing Measures to Monitor Wuhan Novel Coronavirus Risks at Canadian Airports, Including Pearson

The Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and co-chair of the federal-provincial-territorial health table joined the Minister of Health for Canada, and ministerial colleagues from each of the provinces and territories to share important information and further coordinate our joint efforts to protect the health and well being of all Canadians, including Ontarians, from the emerging issues of the Wuhan novel coronavirus. The federal government outlined their enhanced measures, which now include:

Ontario Funds New French-Language High School in East Toronto

The Government of Ontario is providing Conseil scolaire Viamonde with $10.2 million to purchase the former Greenwood Secondary School site from the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). This will be the new home for a French-language school project in East Toronto. The future school will accommodate 501 students from grades 7-12 and is part of the province's plan to support students with better learning spaces. 

The new, yet-to-be-named secondary school will be located at 24 Mountjoy Avenue in Toronto.

Government of Ontario Protecting the Health Care System from Fraud

Ontario is protecting the health care system against fraud by ensuring the final transition to a more secure photo health card. As of July 1, 2020, red and white health cards will no longer be accepted for Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) services. 

Starting this month, individuals with red and white health cards will begin to receive letters letting them know that they will need to get a photo health card at a ServiceOntario centre before the July 1, 2020, deadline. 

Photo health cards can easily be obtained for free at ServiceOntario by:

Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program for 2020 is Postponed

The Government of Canada has postponed the opening of the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program for 2020; and will not be accepting new applications until further notice.

No new sponsorship applications and no related applications for a permanent resident visa made by sponsors’ parents or grandparents under the Family Class are accepted for processing until further Instructions are issued.