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Ontario Providing More Support for Refugees and Vulnerable Newcomers

Enhanced Funding Will Help Newcomers Settle and Succeed In Cambridge

Ontario is supporting refugees, refugee claimants and other vulnerable newcomers in communities like Cambridge by investing in services to help them successfully settle into their new lives in Ontario.

The province is supporting YMCA of Cambridge with $118,884 for its Settlement and Integration Services.

“Welcoming refugees and vulnerable newcomers is important, but it’s not enough. That’s why the province of Ontario has pledged to continue addressing the challenges of higher than anticipated numbers by expanding targeted services in communities like Cambridge,” said Kathryn McGarry, MPP Cambridge.

“The greater the supports, the greater the chances of refugees and vulnerable newcomers will successfully integrate socially and economically, which benefits us all.”

A total of 95 projects across Ontario will receive funding for services to help improve social and economic outcomes for refugees and other vulnerable newcomers, including immediate settlement and long-term integration support.

These programs and services will provide:                                            

  • Settlement, case management and mental health supports.
  • Programming tailored to the needs of vulnerable newcomer women and youth, including skills and leadership development, mentoring, peer supports and domestic violence prevention.
  • Economic integration services such as employment support, occupation-specific training, language learning, job placements and entrepreneurship supports.  

Helping newcomers thrive and succeed is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.


  • Ontario is investing $17.5 million in new funding over two years to enhance targeted services for refugees and vulnerable newcomers.
  • A total of 95 projects have been funded and must occur between January 2018 and March 31, 2019.
  • In 2017-18, Ontario is investing over $110 million in newcomer and refugee supports including language training, settlement and employment programs.
  • In 2016, Ontario received almost half of total refugees to Canada, and 65% of refugee claimants.
  • Refugees will also continue to settle in Ontario through secondary migration and relocation from other provinces as they explore settlement needs and work opportunities.


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