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Helping Newcomers Settle And Succeed In Peel Region

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Helping Newcomers Settle And Succeed In Peel Region

McGuinty Government Supporting Newcomers, Investing In Settlement Services

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Ontario is helping over 5,000 newcomers get the services they need to settle and find jobs in Peel Region.

The province is providing new funding to five local agencies to help meet the needs of this area's fast-growing newcomer population. The funding will support newcomers with orientation, information, referrals, and basic job search assistance.

Helping newcomers succeed is an important part of the McGuinty government's plan to strengthen the economy by investing in the skills and knowledge of all Ontarians.

Quick Facts

  • Settlement agencies in Peel were affected by the federal government's $44 million reduction in funding for settlement services in Ontario.
  • Peel Region receives 21 per cent of all immigrants to Ontario.
  • Since 2003, the province has spent nearly $40 million on Newcomer Settlement services.
  • Every year over 80,000 newcomers benefit from Ontario's Newcomer Settlement Program-funded services.
  • Earlier this year, all settlement agencies across the province received a five per cent increase in funding through the Newcomer Settlement Program.

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“Newcomers contribute to the economic vitality of our great province, and so helping newcomers settle and succeed in Ontario is an economic imperative. This investment stands in sharp contrast to the recent federal cuts to newcomer settlement services in Ontario. The McGuinty Government is investing in our newcomers because we know that when newcomers succeed, Ontario succeeds.”

Dr. Eric Hoskins

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

“Peel region is one of Ontario's fastest growing municipalities, in part because of the many newcomers who choose to make their home in Peel. This funding for newcomer settlement programs here in Peel will help newcomers settle faster and put their skills and talents to work for Ontario's economy.”

MPP Vic Dhillon

Brampton West

“I am delighted that the government is providing additional support for our settlement agencies. The services they provide are essential in helping newcomers as they start their new lives here in Ontario. They are also important for Ontario because we know that the sooner newcomers can get settled, find jobs, and put their skills to work for Ontario's economy, the sooner they can contribute to building a stronger Peel Region and stronger Ontario.”

Mario J. Calla

Executive Director, COSTI Immigrant Services

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