Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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Recruiters and employers increasingly taking advantage of temporary foreign workers, advocate says

Joel Ballard, Francis Plourde · CBC News · Posted: Sep 23, 2022

Temporary foreign workers are reporting paying recruiters and employers thousands of dollars to obtain a permit to work in Canada — only to end up with nothing. 

CBC Radio-Canada spoke with multiple experts who say some employers and immigration consultants in B.C. often take advantage of workers from abroad. 

County to get $63K in new federal funds to support immigrants

Jessica Owen Collingwood Today September 28, 2022

An influx of cash has followed an influx of newcomers to Simcoe County.

Language data released last month as part of the 2021 census illustrates the number of Simcoe County residents whose first language is not English or French increased by 40.5 per cent since 2016. There were 2,290 immigrants who landed directly in Simcoe County in 2021, which is a sharp increase from 605 in 2020, according to county statistics. 

City of Guelph to honour National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: 8 ways for individuals to take action

Guelph Mercury Friday, September 23, 2022

The City of Guelph is encouraging employees and the community to reflect on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30 and to take an active part in the reconciliation process.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) 95 calls to action include a call for all levels of government to provide education to public servants on the history of Indigenous Peoples, including the history and legacy of Residential Schools.

Canada sees fastest population growth since 1957, driven mostly by immigration: StatCan

Aya Al-Hakim  Global News September 28, 2022

Canada has seen its highest population growth rate since the height of the baby boom, mostly driven by immigration, according to Statistics Canada data released Wednesday.

As of July 1, the number of people living in Canada sat at an estimated 38.9 million, an increase of 0.7 per cent, or 284,982 people, from April 1, 2022.

No help for undocumented workers

Star Editorial Board Sun., Sept. 25, 2022

There had been hopes the federal government was poised to unveil significant immigration reforms that would put many temporary residents on a path to permanent residency.

Unfortunately, those hopes appear to have been misplaced. What was unveiled last week was an underwhelming collection of warmed-over measures that the federal immigration department already had underway.

Ottawa advocates plead for intervention after Afghan rights worker's application to come to Canada is rejected

Joanne Laucius Ottawa Citizen Sep 28, 2022  

Ottawa supporters of an Afghan women’s rights activist say they are outraged that her application to come to Canada was rejected.

Farzana Adell Ghadiya, who is in an undisclosed third country, was rejected for a visitor’s visa when she had actually applied for a Temporary Resident Permit for Protection (TRP), say her support

Canada’s immigration minister leaves door open to extending Afghan resettlement programs

Nicholas Keung The Star Thu., Sept. 22, 2022

As Canada reaches the halfway point of meeting its commitment to resettle 40,000 Afghan refugees, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser says he’s not ruling out lifting the current cap and welcoming more into this country.

But for the moment, he says, his main focus is the 8,500 people to whom Canada has already promised refuge who remain stuck in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.