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Winter 2019 Edition


Settlement News:

Immigration Minister announces key initiatives to promote Francophone immigration

Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) News release dated November 7, 2018
Promoting Francophone immigration is a priority for the Government of Canada. Reinforcing Francophone settlement services from pre-arrival to citizenship will ensure the successful integration and retention of French-speaking newcomers to Canada. To achieve this…Continue reading Key Initiatives to Promote Francophone Immigration.

Ontario's Human Capital Priorities Stream issues new invitations to Express Entry candidates

Source: CIC News dated November 27, 2018
The Human Capital Priorities Stream allows the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) to search the federal Express Entry pool for candidates who meet its provincial and federal criteria and invite those selected to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence. Express Entry candidates who apply for and receive a provincial nomination from Ontario receive…Continue reading about Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream.

Denied PR Card LogoPotential Impact of New Impaired Driving Law

Source:  Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) news release dated October 22, 2018
Recently, Canada began imposing tough new penalties for anyone who drives while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (including cannabis) or commits a cannabis-related crime. Most of these types of offences are now very serious crimes in Canada, with serious immigration impacts. Read the news release and view the fact sheets for greater details:

#ImmigrationMatters: Canada's immigration track record

Source:  Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Promotional material dated October 1, 2018
IRCC added a new section to their website, #ImmigrationMatters, and it is an initiative to showcase the economic, social and cultural benefits of immigration in local communities across Canada. Learn how immigrants enrich our communities and view an infographic on Canada’s immigration track record. Visit #ImmigrationMatters.

Research: Immigration and its impact on Canada

Environics Institute LogoSource:  Environics Institute's Report published Nov. 18, 2018
Canadians continue to be more positive than negative about immigration to Canada, in terms of the level of immigration and its impact on the economy. But opinions have hardened a bit since February, especially among residents in the Prairie provinces. This survey updates questions from previous Focus Canada surveys…Read more by downloading the 8-page report, Immigration and its impact on Canada.

The Portal contains valuable resources to materials and links to other sites for the local private sponsors on the More Info page.   Additional publications can be found on the ‘Newcomer Resources’ page.  Many of the materials are available in several languages.


Where the Jobs Are

Source: CIC News dated November 22, 2018
New study rates Canada’s best cities for tech talent in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Waterloo that were responsible for 63% of Canada's high-tech job growth. “Tech has become a force for city building,” says CBRE Canada in their report. Learn more about Where the Jobs Are.  London has a strong IT sector and click this link, to view current job opportunities available in London.

Welcome to London, Maple Leaf Foods

Source: London Matters Newsletter Nov 27, 2018 by London Economic Development Corporation (LEDC)
Maple Leaf Foods formally announced plans to invest $660 million to build a new, 640,000 sq. ft. facility in London, Ontario. This new world-class facility will be one of the most technologically advanced poultry-processing plants in the world and will initially employ 1,450 full and part time employees.  Continue reading Welcome to London, Maple Leaf Foods.

Cultural Communities and Festivals:

Visit one of the many popular festivals being held in the upcoming months.  Several of these multi-cultural events are held on an annual basis and each highlight one or more of the followings: arts, music, history and/or international cuisines.  Check out each event for more details and if any admission fees apply.

 Logo Set 1 - Travelogue, Dragon Gala and Culture Club                     


Date: Saturday, January 19 from 2:00 - 10:00 pm  Location: Joanne and Peter Kenny Theatre, 266 Epworth Avenue, London, ON

Dragon Gala's 10th Anniversary
Date: Saturday, February 9 from 5:00 - 12:00 pm  Location: London Convention Centre, 300 York Street

Culture Club: Black History Month and Changing Faces of London
Date: Wednesday, February 13 from 2:30 - 4:00 pm  Location: Museum London, 421 Ridout Street North

Black History Month Coordinating Committee Events
Dates: various dates and times in month of February  Location: various locations, please see their Facebook page

Maggie and Pierre
Dates: February 12 - 23  Check website for times and tickets  Location: Grand Theatre, 471 Richmond Street North

Indian Beats
Date: Saturday, March 16 from 5:00 - 9:30 pm  Location: A.B. Lucas Secondary School, 656 Tenant Avenue

Logo Set 2 - Black History Month; Pierre and Maggie; and Indian Beats 

Education & Training:

In London and Middlesex County, we are proud of our top universities and colleges, excellent vocational training and free public school system.  You will find some of the best educational experiences in the world right here.  To find out more, visit the Learning section located on the Portal.

On the Move Planning Tool

This simple tool will guide you to studying or living in London and Middlesex County.  After answering some questions, the tool will provide a custom list of tasks and a timeline for your use. Click On the Move to start the tool.

Resources of the Language Portal of Canada

Source: IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) web site
Access free tools to improve your knowledge of English and French. Polish your writing skills with our quizzes, participate in the Our Languages blog, and explore a selection of language-related Canadian links.

Arts and Heritage:

Arts Council builds artistic opportunity through innovative spirit

Source: Arts Council blog dated December 4, 2018
If London Arts Council exists to promote the arts, support a more vibrant community, and create opportunities for professional artists and arts organizations, then its mission has been a resounding success.  The arts council was created in 1995 and has been led…continue reading Arts Council Builds. View their Upcoming Events Calendar.

Heritage Fair 2019

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Heritage Fair 2019 PosterLocation: London Public Library, Central Branch, 251 Dundas Street
The London Heritage Council in partnership with London Public Library will be hosting the 7th annual Heritage Fair at Central Library’s Hudson Bay passageway. Topic is “OLDIES BUT GOODIES” London’s Musical Heritage. This annual event attracts over 500 visitors each year and kicks off Heritage Week in London. The fair is an opportunity for visitors to get an in-depth knowledge and interaction with the heritage community in London.


For a complete listing of events happening in London and surrounding area, visit Tourism London and Tourism Middlesex websites. For newcomers, learn about the Citizen Culture Program, an opportunity to explore London’s arts and culture.

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