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  • October 11, 2016

Ontario Helping Guelph and Wellington County Newcomers Settle and Succeed

Local Funding to Help Immigrants Adjust to Life in Ontario

Ontario is supporting a project in Guelph and Wellington County to help newcomers and their families adjust to life in Ontario.  Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington is receiving $127,768 over 2 years to provide settlement services in Guelph-Wellington to approximately 1,500 newcomers from countries such as Syria, Vietnam, China, India, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Nepal and Bhutan.

The Newcomer Settlement Program helps 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.

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. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.


“By giving newcomers the support they need to begin their new lives as Ontarians, we are helping ensure Ontario’s future economic prosperity, and enriching our province’s social fabric for generations to come.”
— Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

“Guelph has always been a welcoming and inclusive community supporting more and more newcomers. On behalf of the province, I wish to thank Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington and other local front-line service providers who work hand-in-hand with our new friends and neighbours to ensure they have the support they need to succeed.”
— Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph    


  • 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.


For more information, contact: 
Jenny Waterston
Office of Liz Sandals, MPP
(519) 836-4190

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