Attention all NGOs working selflessly to help newcomers, Laura Albanese, minister of citizenship and immigration, has announced an investment of $121 million to help newcomers and families settle in Ontario.
In 2016, Ontario received 110,014 immigrants, which is 37.1 per cent of all immigrants to Canada. Albanese said the funding will support 236 projects that meet the diverse needs of newcomers.
“Immigrants who choose Ontario as their new home are critically important for our future growth and prosperity,” said Albanese in a press release.
The programs will provide settlement and integration support, referrals to a range of community services and targeted programming for newcomer youth such as skills development and mentoring.
There will also be bridge training for internationally-trained immigrants to help them get licensed in their occupation or trade and find work in their field. Language training will be enhanced to improve the delivery of English and French as a second language.
Over the next few years the number of newcomers to Canada is expected to increase. The federal government has set overall national landings targets of 310,000 immigrants for 2018, 330,000 for 2019 and 340,000 for 2020. – CINEWS