Laura Albanese Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Laura Albanese Minister of Citizenship and Immigration has said that “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.”

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.