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.
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.
Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral System (CLARS) Information Session
On March 28, 2013 Toronto North LIP held workshops on current immigration changes, in particular issues related to spousal application and citizenship application processes were discussed.
Please follow this link for more information and copies of the presentations: http://www.torontonorthlip.ca/resources/presentations-workshops-current-changes-immigration-policy
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:
TN LIP Health and Wellbeing Workgroup will be meeting on January 22nd, 2013; 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at at Children's Aid Society of Toronto, at 20 De Boers (Allen Rd./Sheppard Ave. West).
On October 24, 2012 Toronto North LIP held an All-Council Meeting to review Toronto North Newcomer Settlement and Employment Strategy. Over 35 Council members attended the meeting to learn about the findings of the research in the communities that had no prior LIP involvement, discuss the structure and processes of the Council, receive updates on workgroups, and provide feedback on the Strategy.