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Celebrating Ontarians Who Are Helping Newcomers Succeed

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Celebrating Ontarians Who Are Helping Newcomers Succeed

Outstanding Community Leaders Receive Newcomer Champion Award

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Ontario is honouring 15 remarkable people and organizations with the province's Newcomer Champion Award for their significant contributions to fostering a more welcoming society.

The awards include three categories - Celebrating Inclusion and Diversity, Integration of Immigrants and Promoting Cultural Heritage. This year's recipients include:

  • A mentor who helps international medical graduates navigate the complex process of obtaining a Canadian medical licence.
  • An organization that started an initiative aimed at educating newcomers about conservation issues in their communities and connecting them to potential jobs in the environmental sector.
  • The founder of an outreach program that helps migrant workers access support services, improve their language skills and better understand their legal rights.

Recognizing the efforts of those working to help newcomers succeed supports the government's plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic business climate.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario remains the number one destination for newcomers to Canada, receiving more immigrants than the combined total of all western provinces and territories.
  • Newcomers make up 30 per cent of Ontario's labour force.
  • Over the next 25 years, immigration will account for all of the increases in Ontario’s working age population and is expected to be a major source of future labour force growth.

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“Ontario’s reputation as a caring place to live and work is due to the marvellous efforts of people and organizations such as our newcomer champions. We truly appreciate their dedication and commitment.”

Michael Chan

Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade



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