Ontario And Federal Government Reach Deal To Quadruple Funding For Immigration Services
Premier McGuinty Calls New Deal A "Good First Step" Towards Narrowing The Gap
TORONTO -- Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today announced that the federal and provincial governments have reached an agreement to quadruple immigration settlement funding in Ontario.
"The Prime Minister and I had a very productive and positive meeting," said McGuinty. "New Canadians coming to Ontario will benefit from increased investments in programs and services."
The agreement reached Saturday between the Premier and Prime Minister will quadruple funding over the next five years for settlement programs, language training and employment assistance for immigrants who come to Ontario. Under the new agreement, average annual spending on settlement services in Ontario will rise from $819 per new Canadian to approximately $3,400 per immigrant.
"This new agreement is a win-win. New Canadians will benefit from more services, and the province's businesses will be able to better access the highly skilled and educated new Canadians who choose to make Ontario their home."
The Premier will continue to campaign on behalf of Ontarians to further reduce the $23 billion gap between what Ontarians give to the federal government and what they get in return. The Premier and Prime Minister have agreed to meet again to further discuss other ways of reducing the $23 billion gap.
"The $23 billion gap needs to be reduced so that we can make the investments in health care, immigration services, and skills training that will make our province and country stronger," said Premier McGuinty.