Settlement, Orientation and Language
In October the TN LIP convened 17 individuals from 14 various agencies in a training focused on creating welcoming environments and spaces for meaningful engagement for newcomers and residents. The training sought to initiate a conversation with those working in the humanservice sector around the environments they are creating in which newcomers access support.
The Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) have launched a project to test the benefits of a harmonized approach to language assessment and referral for newcomers. The project called “Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral System” (CLARS) offers a “one-stop” language assessment.
On March 28 Toronto North LIP held an All-Council meeting. The Toronto North Settlement Strategy and Action Plan were unveiled and well-received. We had great conversations about how to embark on implementing the Settlement Action Plan and we had a chance to learn about changes to the immigration system that could affect your services and ability to support newcomers through their settlement process.
For more information, please see the enclosed:
IRPP Study No. 31, May 2012 by Tracey M. Derwing and Erin Waugh
Report on TESL Ontario's First Annual Panel on ESL in Ontario
Includes speeches of the panelists and a brief history of ESL services in Ontario
Special Issue of International Settlement Canada dedicated to Language Training
This special issue of the International Settlement Canada published by Centre for International Migration and Settlement Studies includes articles and reviews on the following topics: