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  • February 02, 2018

Ontario Providing More Support for Refugees and Vulnerable Newcomers

Enhanced Funding Will Help Newcomers Settle and Succeed in Kingston

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

In Kingston the province is supporting the following programs:

  • Kingston Employment Youth Services (KEYS) is receiving $320,000 for the Newcomer Connections in Construction and Manufacturing program for 2017-2019
  • KEYS is also receiving $50,000 for the Newcomer Women’s Mentoring Network program for 2018-2019
  • Kingston Community Health Centres is receiving $100,000 for the Building towards healthy, connected and empowered newcomer families program for 2017-2019

A total of 95 projects 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.


“The successful settlement and integration of refugees and vulnerable newcomers is important for the prosperity of our province.  This new investment addresses service gaps and helps improve the long-term success of newcomers, giving them the tools and opportunities to make valuable contributions to our communities and our economy.”

 - Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

“Welcoming refugees and vulnerable newcomers is important but following that, we cannot leave successful integration to chance.  The province of Ontario has pledged to continue addressing the challenges of the volume of newcomers by expanding targeted services in communities like Kingston. With greater support, the integration of refugees and vulnerable newcomers will lead to greater success, as well as social and economic integration, which benefits us all.”

- Sophie Kiwala, MPP, Kingston and the Islands

"This funding will allow for wraparound care supporting the heatlh and wellbeing of vulnerable newcomer families in the Kingston community. Program enhancements include specialized prenatal, parenting and early learning groups, women's and men's groups, and smoking cessation support. These exciting enhancements will improve newcomers' physical and emotional wellness while increasing their confidence in parenting, their English language literacy and social network"

 - Mike Bell, CEO, Kingston Community Health Centres

“We are very grateful for the financial support from the Ministry of Citizenship & Immigration towards the Newcomer Women’s Mentoring Network, and the upcoming Newcomer Connections in Construction & Manufacturing Program. The Women’s Network seeks to support refugee and other vulnerable newcomer women to get support and connections needed to settle in Kingston and pursue successful educational, training, employment and self-employment pathways. Through the Newcomer Connections in Construction and Manufacturing program, vulnerable newcomers will get skills-training, occupational health & safety awareness, wrap-around supports and work placements in the construction or manufacturing industry. This project will provide an opportunity for vulnerable newcomers to contribute their skills to the local labour market while also supporting employers to hire and retain newcomer talent.”

 - Madeleine Nerenberg, Program Manager, Kingston Employment Youth Services


  • 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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