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Ontario Enhancing Support for Refugees and Newcomers

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Ontario Enhancing Support for Refugees and Newcomers

New Investment will Help Refugees Settle and Succeed

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Ontario is continuing to support refugees and vulnerable newcomers with a new investment to help them settle and get the support they need, to successfully integrate into their new lives in Ontario.

Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, was at Paramount Fine Foods Restaurant in Mississauga today to mark World Refugee Day and announce new provincial support to help refugees and other newcomers succeed.

The province is enhancing services for refugees and vulnerable newcomers, including settlement services, case management, employment and training supports, and programming for refugee women and newcomer youth. These additional resources will support the long-term, sustainable social and economic integration of newcomers. The province is now accepting applications from organizations that would like to apply for funding to provide these services.

Ontario has taken a leadership role in Canada's humanitarian efforts to help refugees and save lives, with:

  • Communities across the province welcoming refugees at an unprecedented level, with more than 28,000 refugees from across the world resettling in Ontario last year.
  • 45 per cent of all Syrian refugees -- who arrived in Canada between November 2015 and March 2017 -- settling in Ontario.
  • More than 19,000 Syrian refugees settling into their new lives in the province since November 2015, with the help of settlement agencies, municipalities, employers and refugee sponsors. These newcomers are already giving back and contributing to their broader communities. 

Helping newcomers thrive and succeed is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Today is World Refugee Day
  • As part of the 2017 budget, the province is investing $17.5 million in new funding over two years to enhance services for refugees and vulnerable newcomers.
  • In 2016, Ontario received over 110,000 immigrants (37 per cent of national landings) and welcomed over 28,000 refugees as permanent residents (47.8 per cent of the national share).
  • In 2017-18, Ontario is investing over $110 million in newcomer and refugee supports including language training, settlement and employment programs.
  • Refugees will also continue to settle in Ontario through secondary migration and relocation from other provinces as they explore settlement needs and work opportunities.

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Laura Albanese

“Ontario has a long tradition of welcoming those fleeing war and oppression and our government is continuing to play a leading role in supporting the settlement and integration of the growing number of refugees and newcomers settling in the province. Refugees have important social and economic contributions to make in our communities. I encourage both service providers and employers to leverage the talents, skills and experiences of these newcomers and provide them with the opportunity to grow and thrive in our province.”

Laura Albanese

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

“These investments by the Provincial Government will contribute to the successful integration of refugees and vulnerable newcomers. The additional resources will support targeted interventions that help newcomers achieve their full potential.”

Mario Calla

Executive Director, COSTI

“Many of us came to Canada with little in our pockets and have worked hard and been rewarded for our hard work with success. I see this as yet another opportunity to pay it forward, and I encourage other fellow entrepreneurs to invest in our future by giving qualified, hardworking people an opportunity to excel.”

Mohamad Fakih

CEO, Paramount Foods

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