Ontario Supporting Newcomer Success
Province Investing in 117 Projects that Help New Immigrants Adjust to Life in Ontario
Ontario is helping newcomers succeed by investing in 117 settlement projects across the province that support new immigrants and their families as they adjust to life in Ontario.
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Laura Albanese was at West Neighbourhood House in Toronto today to make the announcement. West Neighbourhood House is receiving $417,186 in funding to support newcomer settlement.
The Newcomer Settlement Program supports agencies in helping newcomers and refugees find housing, enrol their children in school, learn about life in Ontario, find employment and language-training supports, and develop social connections. Settlement services are offered free of charge in many communities and are available in several languages to provide newcomers with information, resources and community supports to help them integrate successfully.
As part of It's Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment, a portion of this investment will support a multilingual awareness campaign targeting newcomers and refugees to help prevent sexual violence and human trafficking, as well as provide training for settlement workers on recognizing sexual violence.
Helping newcomers succeed is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
- The province is investing more than $22.2 million over two years in 117 settlement projects delivered by 98 settlement agencies
- The funding includes support for targeted settlement and integration services for vulnerable populations, such as assistance for at-risk newcomer youth and women.
- In 2015, 95 Newcomer Settlement Program agencies provided services in over 90 languages to help nearly 80,000 newcomers across the province settle and integrate successfully.
- Ontario is investing about $100 million annually in newcomer supports delivered by more than 225 transfer payment organizations, supporting the settlement and integration of immigrants and refugees.
“By giving newcomers the support they need to begin their new lives in Ontario, we are helping ensure Ontario’s future economic prosperity, and enriching our province’s social fabric for generations to come.”
“Ontario’s strong support helps ensure that we can provide services targeted to meet the needs of the thousands of newcomers who choose to call our province home each year. We commend the province on their commitment to the vital work of settlement agencies across the province.”