Extra funding for 117 immigrant settlement projects

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Clients of the West Neighbourhood House in Toronto. Pic: http://www.westnh.org/

The Ontario Government will be making investments 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 on Tuesday to make the announcement. West Neighbourhood House is receiving $417,186 in funding to support newcomer settlement.

“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,” Albanese said.

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.

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Pic: http://www.westnh.org/

Maureen Fair, Executive Director, West Neighbourhood House, said: “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.”

  • 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.

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, a government statement said. – CINEWS

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