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Summer 2017 Edition

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English Language Training at Thames Valley District School Board

Article supplied by the Thames Valley District School Board

TVDSB ESL Students

The Thames Valley District School Board offers a variety of English Language training classes to Canadian adults who are residents of Canada or who are applying for residency status. The program provides

  • Language instruction
  • Orientation to the community and available services
  • Academic preparation for further education
  • Language preparation for the workplace
  • Language training in the workplace

ESL and LINC classes are available in many locations throughout the city and learners can enroll part-time, full-time, mornings, afternoons, evenings, or Saturdays.

At the main campus, G.A. Wheable Centre, Language Training for Employment (LTE) courses provide immigrants with the opportunity to strengthen their language skills while training in workplace and employment focused programs. These dual purpose training opportunities allow immigrants to acquire the workplace culture skills necessary to attain jobs that reflect their interests and qualifications, while, at the same time, improve their English language competencies in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

Courses include: Hairstyling, Childcare, Food and Hospitality, Small Business, Retail, Healthcare, Personal Support Worker, Law Enforcement, and Trades (Construction & Auto)

  • The Adult ESL Program is coordinated through the G.A. Wheable Centre for Adult Education located at 70 Jacqueline Street in London.
  • Placement Assessments for first time learners are done at the CLARS Centre located at 515 Dundas St., London ON. Appointments are made by calling 519-432-1133.


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Settlement News: (includes youth services, housing, health and immigration research)

Express Entry: Canadian government values newcomers with French language skills and siblings in Canada

Source: Government of Canada news release dated June 6, 2017
On June 6th, the Government of Canada continued to improve its Express Entry system by awarding additional points to candidates with siblings in Canada and to candidates with strong French languages skills. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada affirms that candidates with siblings in Canada benefit from the informal mentoring they receive. As a result, these individuals integrate more easily into Canadian society. Additionally, candidates with strong French languages abilities will no longer be obligated to register with Job Bank. Learn more about updates made to the Express Entry system.  

Information and communications technology workers to be fast-tracked in Ontario

Source: Ontario Immigration
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has just announced its intention to prioritize immigrants with work experience in the Information and Communications Technology Sector (ICT). Ontario is Canada’s leader in the ICT sector, contributing $31.6 billion to the total Canadian ICT output in 2015. As such, the province wants to encourage ICT workers to settle in Ontario in order to meet the needs of the labour market and foster economic development. Only candidates in the Express Entry pool for immigration to Canada with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 400 points and work experience in ICT are eligible. Learn more about Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Updates

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Pathway Skill Development Offers Free Skills Trainings Courses

Source: Networking for an Inclusive Community
Pathways Skill Development is delighted to announce the Skills to Work Program for international youth. This program, funded through the Local Poverty Reduction Fund, gives eligible youth the opportunity to attend free Skills Training Courses. Eligible individuals must be between 18-29 years old, as well as 1st or 2nd generation newcomers who are not currently in school, working or on Ontario Works. These Skills Training courses give students the opportunity to learn practical skills, attend pre-employment workshops, and work with a hob developer after they’ve finished their course until they’ve secured employment. Learn more about the Skills to Work Program for youths.

Resources for Groups and Individuals Sponsoring Refugees

Our site contains valuable resources to materials and links to other sites for the local sponsors. Visit the More Info and Resources page and Newcomer Resources page. Many of the materials are available in several languages.

Community Development including Cultural Communities News:

Soccer Ball beside Trophy Cup2017 Community Cup

Date: July 29th, 2017 from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: Jesse Davidson’s Park, 731 Viscount Road (at Viscount Rd. and Andover Dr.)

On July 29th, join us for a day of food, fun and friends. The Cross Cultural Learner’s Center will host its annual Community Cup. This event includes arts and crafts, community fair, live multicultural performances, as well as a youth and children soccer match. Don’t miss out! Download the Poster for further details.

I am London

Source: London & Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership Project
In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, the London & Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership Project is showcasing the diversity of London in a new social media campaign called I am London 150. I am London 150 is a unique glimpse into the lives of Londoners who’ve immigrated and now call it home. Monthly profiles capture the hardships and the triumphs of immigrating to London. Join the Forest City as it celebrates the diversity of our community. There are three ways to experience I am London 150, on Facebook, on Twitter, or click here to access the blog link.


Immploy: connecting employers to immigrant talent

Source: London-Middlesex Immigrant Employment Council (LMIEC) news release

The London-Middlesex Immigrant Employment Council is proud to share a bold new look and its re-designed website. Immploy will serve as a platform to connect skilled immigrant workers with professional networks and London companies looking to hire. The LMIEC’s new brand, Immploy, will offer mentoring programs, recruitment services, screening to evaluate international credentials and language, and finally facilitate networking. Click here to access the Immploy website.

Job Boom in London thanks to Diamond Aircraft and Goss Global news article
The London Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) welcomes two new manufacturing contracts in the city. Diamond Aircraft is expanding its labour force by 100 workers to help build its DA62, considered to be a “flying luxury SUV”. In the same week, Mexico’s Goss Global also confirms that they will hire 50 people in its brand-new specialty automotive parts facility. Kapil Lakhotia, LEDC’s President and CEO, says that the city’s economic diversity is its greatest strength. “It’s great news for employment and great news for the diversity of the advanced manufacturing sector as well” affirms Lakhotia. Read more about the CBC article announcing London’s new manufacturing jobs.  

Valuable Local Online Resource

London Economic Development Corp. LogoWebsite: London Economic Development Corporation (LEDC)
LEDC works with business, government and community partners to attract business investment, develop a connected and supportive business climate and grow London's talented workforce. LEDC provides various labour market information, news and events happening in London’s business sector, a business directory, London Tech Jobs postings and other resources for entrepreneurs and job seekers to check out.

Education & Training:

Ontario Focusing On Career Bridge Training

Source: Ontario News release dated June 14th, 2017
The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) wants to facilitate the integration of immigrants and refugees into Ontarian societies through the Bridge Training Programs. The Ontario Bridge Training Program helps over 6,000 international trained professionals get the help they need to get licensed or secure employment in their profession. Bridging the gap between educations in the labour force and allows immigrants and refugees to more easily engage in their communities. Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and immigration, praises the program as a way for newcomers to “get the services they need to settle, integrate and succeed in Ontario”. Learn more about Ontario Bridge Training Program updates.

Arts and Heritage:

London 150 Walk

Musuem London Castle TourSource: Museum London     Cost: $5.00
Date: Saturday, July 15th, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy the fresh air and learn about London’s history with the Museum London 150 Walks. Some notable attractions include cottages and castles dating back to Confederation. The London 150 Walks guides will also explain the architectural transformations since the nineteenth century, and highly its evolution in amidst London’s buildings in the downtown core. Participants must register online. Register for the London 150 Walks. To learn more about the event, click here to access Museum London’s program of events.

Canada 150’s Discovery Pass

Source: Government of Canada website
In honour of this 150th anniversary special event, the Government of Canada is offering a free “Discovery Pass” that will allow users unlimited opportunities to enjoy parks, marine conservation areas, and historical sites across our country.  You can help celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary by exploring some of the wonderful natural and historical sites that our country has to offer.  Read more about Parks Canada Passes and Permits: Discovery Pass.


Visit London Tourism for a complete listing of Arts and Heritage Summer Events.
Visit London website for a complete listing of events relating to Canada’s 150th Anniversary.
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.

Upcoming Events:

City of London Outdoor Movies

Outdoor Movies in the ParkDate: Now until September 16th, 2017
Location: in Selected City of London Parks
Pop some popcorn and pull out your favorite blanket, because it’s time for movie night. Throughout the summer, the City of London has partnered with neighbourhood and resident organizations to bring outdoor movies to Londoners. Curl up with friends and family to watch classic movies like Up! The Incredibles, or experience a new movie for the first time like Finding Dory, Moana, or the Lego Batman movie. View City of London’s complete schedule and movie list.

Pride London Festival

Pride London Festival ParadeDates: July 20th to 30th, 2017
Location: Victoria Park (509 Clarence St., bordered by Dufferin, Clarence, Central and Wellington)
The Pride London Festival is the perfect place to celebrate love. Whether you identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, or as an ally, the Pride London Festival marks a week of engaging events. As for the Parade itself, will take place on Sunday, July 30th from 12:30pm. The parade route will follow Queens St. all the way downtown. Visit the Pride London Festival official page for additional information.

London Rib Fest

RibFest VisitorsDate: Aug 3 - 7, 2017
Location: Victoria Park (509 Clarence St., bordered by Dufferin, Clarence, Central and Wellington)
Enjoy a sunny at Victoria Park with family and friends at the annual London Rib Fest. Savor a delicious rack of ribs from one of dozens of vendors. These masters chefs slave over a hot BBQ grill to bring the best Ribs to Londoners. If ribs are not your thing, take a stroll through artisan alley or take advantage of the carnival rides set up on Dufferin St. Click here to access the Tourism London highlighting the London Rib Fest event.

Western Fair

Western Fair Midway at NightDate: September 8th - 17th, 2017
Location: Western Fair District, 900 King Street East, London, ON

It’s never a dull moment at the annual Western Fair! From family traditions and childhood memories to must see exhibits, everyone is welcome to enjoy and make memories at the Western Fair. On top of the much anticipated carnival rides, ski lift and legendary ferris wheel, the Fair will also feature an arts competition, local vendors, and concerts. Click here to access the London Tourism feature about the Western Fair


Tourism London LogoMiddlesex Tourism LogoFor a complete listing of events happening in London and surrounding area, visit Tourism London and Tourism Middlesex websites.



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