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Fall 2017 Edition

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Introduction by the editor, Marilyn Cook

How safe is Canada? According to 2017 Global Peace Index Report, page 10, Canada ranked 8th safest country out of 163 countries in the world.  While no country is truly without crime, in Canada, we take strides to improve the safety of our country and our communities.  This news release highlights the support and projects funded by the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

Ontario Supporting Crime Prevention and Community Safety Projects

Creating a Safer Ontario Through Community Collaboration
Ontario News Release dated September 27, 2017

Ontario is investing in local crime prevention, and community safety and well-being initiatives across the province to support police services and community partners as they work together to create safer, stronger communities.

This year, the province's Proceeds of Crime Front-Line Policing Grant will help 23 local police services carry out crime prevention and community safety and well-being initiatives. The grant money comes from assets that have been forfeited to the federal government as proceeds of crime, and is then turned over to the province following criminal prosecutions.

Projects being funded include:

  • Collaborative approaches between police services and community service providers, such as police using a mobile application to communicate with local hospitals to share information when assisting a person experiencing a mental health crisis
  • Cover for the Community Safety ReportCommunity safety and well-being planning, including engaging local residents in leadership training to develop and deliver long-term social and recreational initiatives
  • Initiatives that target human trafficking, mental health, at-risk youth, alcohol and drug abuse, and seniors' safety, such as providing advanced-level training on human trafficking and complex trauma to police, justice and community partners.

Read more about Ontario Supporting Crime Prevention news release.

Learn details about the projects funded by the Proceeds of Crime Front-line Policing Fund which, the London Police Services received a grant of $85,000.

A 40-page booklet titled “Community Safety and Well-being in Ontario” is available to download as a pdf file and contains an overview of the challenges, promising practices and Ontario’s way forward.


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

Entrepreneurs Wanted PosterEntrepreneurs: Make your pitch and pivot to Canada!

Source: Government of Canada news release dated July 28, 2017
Canadians are welcoming to people and ideas from around the globe.  Welcoming entrepreneurs who have the expertise to turn their ideas into successful companies is one way that Canada’s openness can help build a world-class innovation economy.  The Start-up Visa Program, a pathway to permanent residence for cutting-edge entrepreneurs launching a start-up company in Canada, will become a regular feature of Canada’s immigration landscape in 2018.

As part of the five-year pilot…  Read more about Entrepreneurs Make you pitch.

View ‘Start London’ videos available in six languages which, highlights the City of London as a choice destination for entrepreneurs.


Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to Invite More Applications Under Parent and Grandparent Program

Source: CIC Newsletter dated September 2, 2017
This round of invitations, which began on September 6 and continued over a few days, is the second round to take place in 2017.  Potential sponsors who were not invited to apply in the first round, which took place in April, now have a second chance of being invited to apply.  The invitation round will be restricted to potential sponsors who submitted an Expression of Interest…  Learn more about the More Applications Under Parent and Grandparent program.

Citizenship CeremonyNew Regulations Now in Effect, Making Canadian Citizenship Easier to Obtain

Source: CIC Newsletter October 2017 edition
As of October 11, permanent residents in Canada can apply for Canadian citizenship — a process known as naturalization — more easily and sooner than before, following the implementation of key measures contained in Bill C-6, which was passed into law last June.

Whereas previously permanent residents had to accumulate at least four years of residency days out of six years prior to applying, they may now apply if they accumulate…  Continue reading more about Making Canadian Citizenship Easier to Obtain.

Quick Facts

  • Citizenship week this year was from October 9 to 15 where more than 4,000 people became Canadian citizens in 49 ceremonies across Canada
  • 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of Canadian citizenship
  • In the past 10 years, Canada has welcomed over 1.7 million proud new Canadians
  • Up to end of September 2017, 70,000 people have become Canadian citizens

Federal, Provincial Ministers Reach Consensus on Increasing Canadian Immigration Levels

Source: CIC Newsletter dated September 20, 2017
Political leaders responsible for immigration issues in Canada have agreed that increasing immigration levels and establishing multi-year targets would help meet labour market needs across the country.   Currently, Canada’s annual immigration levels plan for 2017 sets a target of 300,000 new permanent residents for the year.  Earlier this summer, federal Minister of Immigration Ahmed Hussen confirmed that this figure would form the new…  Learn more about Increasing Canadian Immigration Levels.

Resources for Groups and Individuals Sponsoring Refugees

Our site contains valuable resources to materials and links to other sites for the local sponsors. Latest information added to the list was applying for Ontario Works after being in Canada for 12 months.  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:

Youth Programs, Outings and Events

Several settlement agencies have various programs, outings and events open to newcomer youth ages 13 to 24 years.  Most are free but registration is required.  View the CCLC's Youth Flyer, SLNRC's Youth Calendar, Luso's Youth Programs, and  CCRL's Programme pour les adolescents for more details.

Conversational Circles

Join us weekly to practice conversational English in a group setting. Many of the circles take place at the various public library branches throughout the city. For more information, please contact the name on the Conversational Circles flyer here.

Four women from diversity backgroundFifth Annual Journeys of Migration

Date: Thursday, November 9 to Saturday December 9, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (Refreshments at 2:30 PM and a reception at 5:00 PM)
Location: UCC McKellar Theatre (Rm 290), Western University
Admission is free but registration (and ticket) is required: visit Eventbrite to register.  View the Journeys of Migration Invitation.


Promoting Diversity in the Judiciary

Source: Ontario news release dated August 17th, 2017
Province working to recruit more judges from Indigenous and Diverse Communities.  Working with the Ontario Court of Justice and the Ministry of the Attorney General, the province's independent Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee (JAAC) is taking steps to encourage legal professionals from…  Read more about Promoting Diversity in the Judiciary.

Ontario Adds 34,700 Jobs in September

Source: Ontario News release dated Oct 7, 2017
Employment in Ontario increased by 34,700 in September, the third straight month of job gains, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.6 per cent, the lowest level since July 2000.  The employment increase included gains in sectors such as wholesale and…  Read more about Ontario Adds 34,700 Jobs

Immploy LogoImmploy Newsletter Summer/Fall 2017

Read about the four articles, ‘LMIEC is Now Immploy’, ‘CPA Ontario Champions Mentorship’, ‘Community Diversity & Inclusion Strategy Released’, and ‘Employers Hiring Immigrant and Refugee Talent’ highlighted in this issue. View this current Immploy newsletter Summer/ Fall edition. Website:

Education & Training:

Apprenticeship Information Session

Date: October 30 and November 27, 2017 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Goodwill Career Centre, 255 Horton Street, 2nd floor, London, ON
This interactive 2-hour presentation is open to the general public and participants will learn more about the process of Apprenticeship in Ontario.  There is no pre-registration /cost involved.  We offer this session each month.  View the Apprenticeship Information Session flyer.

Work in your profession or trade

Source: Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration website
There are over 100 professions and trades in Ontario where the government sets the rules and laws to protect the health and safety of workers and the public.  Learn about the services available in Ontario to help you continue working in your profession or trade if you’ve been trained in another country. Visit the Work in your profession webpage to learn more.

Arts and Heritage:

Canada 150 Celebrations: My Canadian Life, Painting Here

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Central Library, Wolf Performance Hall, 251 Dundas St., London, ON
Jeff Willmore’s early story is a classic one.  One of growing up isolated both socially and geographically, in multiple rural situations. He draws on his past experience as an artist, story teller, performative painter and speaker to create a unique presentation that is centered on living in rural Southwestern Ontario. Additional information about My Canadian Life performance.

Canada 150 Celebrations: My Home and Native Land

Date: Friday, Dec. 1 starting at 7:30 pm    Admission: $10
Location: New St. James Presbyterian Church, 280 Oxford St. E, London, ON
Les Choristes and Chorale present an evening to celebrate the diversity of Canada’s cultural and natural landscape, featuring the premiere of a song cycle by Canadian composer Don Macdonald, poetry by Six Nations poetess, E. Pauline Johnson.   More details about My Home and Native Land event.


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:

Early Years Play

Box of crayons and child drawingDates: Tuesdays on Nov. 14, 21, 28 and Dec. 5, 12, 19 from 9:00 – 11:00 am for all dates
Location: London Children’s Museum, 21 Wharncliffe Road South, London, ON
Early Years Play dates are designed for children 5 years old or younger. Materials are carefully selected to best nurture the brains and bodies of infants to preschoolers and include a variety of loose parts, active play materials, books, blocks, sand, water and other inviting objects.  More information about the Early Years Play here.

Two houses pulling a wagon'Season Greetings' at Longwoods

Dates: Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 from 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Ska-Nah-Doht Village and Museum, Longwoods Road Conservation Area, 8348 Longwoods Road, Mount Brydges, ON
Enjoy an afternoon of family fun with horse drawn wagon rides, carolers, crafts for the kids, food, holiday shopping, nature hikes, and birdfeeders building!  Call 519-264-2420, view Season Greetings poster or email for details.

Farming Before Canada: Harvest Season at Lawson Site

Museum of Ontario Archaeology LogoDate: Now until Jan. 2, 2018
Location: Museum of Ontario Archaeology, 1600 Attawandaron Road, London, ON
Did you know that corn is native to the Americas? Or that the sunflower was domesticated in northeast North America more than 3,000 years ago, almost 1,500 years before domesticated maize (corn), beans, squash, and tobacco made the journey north to the Great Lakes region?  Prior to agriculture, people foraged for edible plant resources when and where they came into season.  Learn more about Farming before Canada exhibit.


Grand Theatre Silence posterDate: Jan. 16 to Feb. 3, 2018
Location: Grand Theatre, 471 Richmond Street, London, ON
Alexander Graham Bell connected people around the world by inventing the telephone. But it was of little use to his wife, Mabel, who was profoundly deaf. Written from Mabel’s point of view, the story begins in Nova Scotia as Mabel reflects back on her life with Bell. Together they inspired and challenged each other to become strong, original forces for good.  Visit the Grand Theatre website for more information and tickets.


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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