Winter 2018 Edition
LMLIP’s #AllAreWelcomeHere Campaign
A Lawn Sign Campaign to Promote Inclusion
By Maria D’Souza, LMLIP Project Assistant
The London & Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership (LMLIP) has launched a new campaign aimed at addressing issues of racial, religious and ethnic prejudice in our community. London residents and businesses are encouraged to participate by displaying a free #AllAreWelcomeHere lawn sign.
LMLIP with its 100 partners, hopes the #AllAreWelcomeHere lawn sign campaign, will promote respectful co-existence and inclusion, and change the conversation around racial, religious and ethnic prejudice and discrimination in our community.
Together with our partners, we hope the Campaign will engage residents of London in a conversation that encourages co-existence and respect. The #AllAreWelcomeHere signs are the first phase of a larger ‘1,000 Acts of Welcome’ Campaign to be launched on social media, in the new year.
The free lawn signs, available in both English and French version, can be obtained from the LMLIP office (at The Skill Centre, 141 Dundas St, 3rd floor), London Cross Cultural Learner Centre, South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre and LUSO Community Centre.
Website - www.1000actsofwelcome.ca
Twitter - https://twitter.com/LMLIP tag @lmlip and mention #1000ActsofWelcome in the post
Facebook - www.facebook.com/londonmiddlesexlip/?fref=ts mention #1000ActsofWelcome in the post
Instagram - www.instagram.com/1000actsofwelcome/ mention #1000ActsofWelcome in the post
Email - email@example.com
For general information about the London & Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership (LMLIP), visit LMLIP’s About Us web page here. Follow us on Twitter. View 2017 I am London campaign.
Settlement News: (includes youth services, housing, health and immigration research)
Expanding the Visa Application Centres (VAC) in China
Source: IRCC news release dated November 17, 2017
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is expanding its Visa Application Centres in China from 5 to 12 as a demonstration to its commitment to a growing cultural exchange between the two countries. So far this year, more than 500,000 applications have been received from China. Read more about the VAC in China. View the entire list of Visa Application Centres here. Read about Canada declaring 2018 as the Canada-China Year of Tourism.
Canada to Welcome Nearly One Million New Immigrants Through 2020
Source: CIC Newsletter dated November 1, 2017
Nearly one million new immigrants will settle in Canada between 2018 and 2020, under what Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen has labeled “the most ambitious immigration levels in recent Canadian history.” Canada moved to a Multi-Year Immigration Levels Plan where Economic migrants will make up the majority of new permanent residents admitted to Canada. Continue reading Canada to Welcome Nearly One Million New Immigrants article.
Ontario Making G1 Written Test Available in Urdu
Source: Ontario news release dated November 28, 2017
Ontario is making its written knowledge test for a G1 driver licence available in Urdu starting next spring, to support newcomers in learning the rules of the road and improve road safety. The G1 knowledge test is currently offered at DriveTest Centres in 20 other languages - including Ontario's official languages of English and French. Read more about the G1 Written Test Available in Urdu.
Human Rights and Newcomers Videos
Source: Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) web stie
These short videos, ‘Racial Harassment’, ‘Housing is a Human Right’, ‘Discrimination Based on Creed’ and ‘Removing the Canadian Experience Barrier’ were originally created in response to the Syrian refugee crisis. However, they can help all newcomers, support agencies and the public learn about their rights and responsibilities under Ontario’s Human Rights Code. Visit OHRC’s website to view the four videos.
Resources for Groups and Individuals Sponsoring Refugees
Sharing Practices to Build Bridges
Source: Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
OCASI is offering several webinar series for Service Providers and Refugee Sponsors to clarify roles and responsibilities. The following is being offered in 2018:
- The Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program: Then & Now, January 15, from 2 – 3 pm
- Refugee Sponsorship Cases: How are Refugees Selected by Sponsors? January 29, from2 – 3:30 pm
- Collaborating across Sectors: Sharing Promising Practices I, February 12, from 2 – 3:30 pm
- Collaborating for the Benefit of Refugees: Sharing Promising Practices II, March 19, from 2 – 3 pm
View OCASI’s Sharing Practices flyer for details and how to register for the webinars.
The Portal contains valuable resources to materials and links to other sites for the local private sponsors. The latest document “Responsibilities of Sponsorship Groups” from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada was added to the 'More Info and Resources' page in Dec 2017. Additional publications can be found on the ‘Newcomer Resources’ page. Many of the materials are available in several languages.
Community Development including Cultural Communities News:
New Housing Construction in London
Source: London Free Press dated November 9, 2017
London built new homes and apartment units last year in 2016 at nearly the same rate as cities three times its size, new figures indicated in MBNCanada’s 2016 report. When it comes to new housing units, London outpaced larger urban centres such as Toronto and Montreal. New residential units include townhouses, apartment building units and single or semi-detached homes. “It’s a good thing. It’s developing London and we’re taking advantage of this growth. It’s providing more work for…” Read more about the New Housing Construction news article.
NEW Income-Related Subsidized Transit Program.
Beginning January 1st, 2018
Source: City of London web site
This new program will offer a $52 monthly bus pass for eligible residents. To qualify for this new program, you must meet all of the following criteria:
- You are a resident of London
- You are 18+ years of age (this means that seniors with low-income will be eligible to purchase a subsidized transit pass through this program)
- Current income is below Low Income Cut Off After-Tax [view the Cut-off chart]
For other regular rates see London Transit’s website.
Cross Cultural Learner Centre's 50th Year
The Cross Cultural Learner Centre (CCLC) is celebrating 50 year of service with special events in the works for 2018. A social media campaign has started with short videos released each month that talk about our organization and the clients we serve. Each video contains testimonials from staff and clients both past and present about what CCLC means to them. View the first video ‘CCLC’s 50th Anniversary’. (3:42 min.)
Upcoming Annual Cultural Events
Black History Month – Feb 2018, visit LBHCC Facebook page for a listing of their upcoming events; most events are free
2018 CCNC Chinese New Year Dinner – Year of the Dog; Sunday, Feb 11 at 5 pm. Tickets: $35 per person
2018 Dragon Gala – Saturday, Feb 17 at 5 pm. Location: London Convention Centre. Tickets: $128
Find your NOC (National Occupation Classification)
Source: Government of Canada web site
In Canada, the federal government uses the NOC (National Occupation Classification) system to classify over 2,000 jobs or occupations. Jobs are grouped based on the type of job duties and the work a person does. This system is used for the National job bank operated by the Department of Employment and Social Development of Canada. It is also used by the government’s immigration programs specifically the Skilled Immigrant stream through the Express Entry. Learn more by visiting ‘Find your NOC' web page.
LEDC's News and Events
Source: London Economic Development Corporation (LEDC)
Visit LEDC’s News and Events web page to discover the latest business news and business-related events taking place in London. Read about the top stories on local business who are making an impact in their field. Learn about the trends that are happening in the economic climate. LEDC also produces ‘London Matters Newsletter’ which, you can subscribe to be on their mailing list.
Education & Training:
Occupation-specfic Language Training (OSLT)
Dates: various dates in 2018, please see the flyer
Location: Fanshawe College, Market Tower, 5th floor, 151 Dundas Street, London, ON
Are you new to Canada and have training or experience in one of the occupational sectors (Business, Accounting, Technology, Health and Human Services)? These free courses will improve your workplace communication skills. The courses teach Canadian terms in the specific profession and introduce students to cultural norms of the Canadian workplace. View the OSLT flyer for more details.
Arts and Heritage:
Museum London Embarking on a New Project
The museum received $175,000 from the London Community Foundation for the Centre at the Forks project! The funds will support a two-year community mobilization project to engage London and area Indigenous community leaders, organizations and individuals as co-creators of community outreach and cultural activities. For more details, watch the Museum London Embarking on a New Project video (2:13 minutes).
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Date: March 13 to 31, 2018 Tickets: ranging from $29.95 to $84.00
Location: Grand Theatre, 451 Richmond Street, London, ON
Based on the international best-selling novel, ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ is the story of three generations of women bound together by marriage, family, and a secret past in war-ravaged Afghanistan. Visit the Grand Theatre web site for more information about the play and to purchase tickets.
Visit London Tourism for a complete listing of Arts and Heritage events.
To learn more about the cultural scene in London, visit London Culture website.
For newcomers, learn about the Citizen Culture Program, an opportunity to explore London’s arts and culture.
Nature in the City 2018
Dates: Six Tuesdays on Jan. 16, 23, 30 and Feb. 6, 13, 20 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm for all dates
Location: Central Library in the Wolf Performance Hall, 251 Dundas Street, London, ON
The mission of Nature in the City is to contribute to the preservation and enjoyment of nature. In our 14th annual Nature in the City, we are offering a free six-part series of illustrated talks. See our Nature in the City flyer for additional details. Families are welcome!
Saturday Public Stargazing Nights
Dates: Jan 27, Feb 24 and Mar 31, 2018 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm Free Admission
Location: Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory, Western University, 1151 Richmond Street, London, ON
The public nights are first and foremost a time to view the skies through our telescopes and to pose your favorite questions to the astronomers hosting the evening. Objects viewed vary with the season, but might include the Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, binary stars, star clusters, planetary nebulae, or galaxies. There is nothing like seeing these wonders with your own eyes!
A Celtic Choral Celebration
Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018 starting at 7:30 pm
Location: 'The Chapel' at Windermere on the Mount, 1486 Richmond Street, London, ON
Join us for a fun evening of Celtic music that will be sure to keep your feet dancing. Admission by freewill donation with proceeds to the Refugee Sponsorship Initiative at King's University College. More details about the Celtic Choral Celebration.
For a complete listing of events happening in London and surrounding area, visit Tourism London and Tourism Middlesex websites.
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