On Friday January 29th, the Toronto East LIP, Toronto North LIP, Toronto West LIP and the Toronto Newcomer Office hosted a Funders Forum. The event consisted of a keynote speaker from the Ontario Nonprofit Network and panelists from funding agencies such as Canadian Heritage, Canadian Women’s Foundation, City of Toronto, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Foundation, Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, TD Bank Group, Toronto Arts Council.
Settlement, Orientation and Language
The Toronto North Local Immigration Partnership in collaboration with the People's Church and the Toronto Newcomer Office are pleased to invite you to the information session and fair for private refugee sponsors and service providers interested or involved in
We are working on developing a list of current services and programs that could be used by new Canadians from Syria in Toronto North, their sponsors and service providers. We hope to complete this resource by early January and present it at the info session & fair for service providers and sponsors. Please stay tuned for more details on that. We also hope to get a better understanding of what information and/or training you might need to effectively serve newcomers from Syria.
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.
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