News

Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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

Making it Easier for Businesses to Find Skilled Workers

Regional Immigration Pilot to Fill Labour Gaps, Attract Top Talent in Rural Ontario

BELLEVILLE - The Ontario Government is helping businesses in small and rural communities attract and retain skilled workers through a new Regional Immigration Pilot program. Chatham-Kent, Cornwall and Belleville/Quinte West were selected to participate in an effort to fulfill labour needs that are not currently being met locally.

Ontario Government Launches 2020 Budget Consultations

BROCKVILLE — The Ontario Government is asking people from every region of the province 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, Minister of Finance Rod Phillips along with Minister Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, were in Brockville to launch the first of a series of consultations that will run across Ontario throughout the months of January and February.

Ontario to Implement Needs-Based Autism Program In-Line with Advisory Panel's Advice

Today, the Ontario government announced it is adopting the Ontario Autism Panel’s key recommendations for a needs-based autism program. The program recognizes that every family’s experience and needs are different, and that children and youth on the autism spectrum have different levels of need at different points in their lives. These changes will put Ontario on track to deliver a comprehensive, sustainable and family-centred program. 

Innovative Program Increases Affordable Housing and Develops Job Skills in Sault Ste. Marie

Helping low-income families move out of community housing into a home of their own

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Ontario government is investing $900,000 in an innovative project in Sault Ste. Marie that will help people move out of community housing and provide training to help social assistance recipients get good jobs.

Canada makes it easier for foreign nationals to apply for temporary and permanent resident status within Canada

Building on a government commitment made earlier this year, Canada is rolling out the final phase of its biometrics collection program.

As of today, foreign nationals applying from within Canada for temporary or permanent residence, or to extend or renew their visitor visa or work or study permit, will need to have their fingerprints and photo taken and can do so at any of the 58 designated Service Canada locations across the country. This means individuals will now save time and money by being able to give their biometrics within Canada.

Ontario To Reward Safe Employers

Ontario will reward its safest employers with an estimated $140 million for excellence in occupational health and safety as part of a first-of-its-kind in Canada program unveiled today.

The program, Supporting Ontario's Safe Employers, will formally recognize employers who successfully implement health and safety programs in their workplaces. The financial rewards will come in the form of Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) rebates over a three-year period.

Ontario investing in Francophone Communities

The Minister of Francophone Affairs announced today that 48 community organizations and businesses will receive a total of $ 1 million in funding as part of the redesigned 2019-2020 Francophone Community Grants Program.

The program supports the cultural and economic development of the province's Francophone communities. Based on feedback received from organizations, businesses and ministry partners in roundtables and meetings organized earlier this year, it was expanded for 2019-20 to target both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations.