Ontario Making New Investments in Newcomer Success
Projects Will Help Newcomers Settle and Find Jobs
Ontario is helping newcomers and their families by investing in services and programs to help them settle into their new lives.
Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, was at Mississauga's Centre for Education and Training today to make the announcement.
The province is supporting 236 projects that will meet the diverse needs of newcomers by expanding services to help them settle into their communities, such as improvements to language classes and job training. These projects will provide:
- Settlement and integration support, including orientation, information, referrals to a range of community services and targeted programing for newcomer youth such as skills development and mentoring,
- Bridge training for internationally-trained immigrants to help them get licensed in their occupation or trade and find work in their field,
- Language training resources and program enhancements to improve the delivery of English and French as a Second Language.
Helping newcomers thrive and succeed is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- Ontario is investing $121 million across 236 projects to support newcomers, including: $32.4 million to support 131 projects under the Newcomer Settlement Program, $15 million to support 30 new language training projects as part of the Adult Non-Credit ESL/FSL Training Program, and $74 million to support 75 Ontario Bridge Training program projects.
- In 2016, Ontario received 110,014 immigrants, which is 37.1 per cent of all immigrants to Canada.
- The federal government has set overall national landings targets of 310,000 immigrants for 2018, 330,000 for 2019 and 340,000 for 2020.
“Immigrants who choose Ontario as their new home are critically important for our future growth and prosperity. Helping newcomers to improve language skills, to attain the information, knowledge and skills they need to find jobs in their professions, benefits our society as a whole.”
“Investing in the success of our newcomers is a good investment for Ontario and for Peel Region. Providing them with the training and supports they need to settle in their community and get jobs is the right thing to do.”