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About the Ministry

What we do

Immigration

  • Leading the development of provincial policies and programs to support the successful integration of newcomers into Ontario in five priority areas.
  • Work in collaboration with the federal government to effectively implement the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement and with other levels of government to facilitate the successful economic integration of newcomers to Ontario in addressing the above priority areas.

Five priority areas

  1. Attraction initiatives (addressing labour market needs through immigration) and enhancing pre-arrival services
    • Through Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program, allow employers and investors to attract skilled immigrants to meet their human resource needs.
    • Provide an online gateway to information, tools and settlement services for new and potential immigrants through the www.OntarioImmigration.ca website to support the attraction of immigrants to Ontario.
    • Work with the Ministries of Economic Development and Trade (MEDT), and Training Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to facilitate the attraction of skilled people and international students from around the world.
  2. Coordinated Settlement Services
    • Deliver an effective Newcomer Settlement Program and Language Interpreter Services Program to facilitate settlement and improve newcomers’ integration.
    • Coordinate with the federal government to increase federal funding for enhancement of settlement services to better meet the needs of communities across Ontario.
  3. A Comprehensive Language Training System
    • Deliver adult non-credit language training programs that help newcomers integrate socially and economically and work with the federal government to develop a comprehensive language assessment and training system for Ontario.
  4. Labour Market Integration
    • Implement the Fair Access to Regulated Professions Act, 2006, including working with the Office of the Fairness Commissioner and providing services through Global Experience Ontario.
    • Support bridge training programs for internationally trained individuals in order to assist them in getting licensed and/or finding employment in their field quickly.
    • Work with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to coordinate and develop training and employment services for newcomers.
  5. Community and Employer Engagement
    • Work with municipalities to develop local strategies and to provide information to prospective immigrants on the website.
    • Continue Ontario’s Community Builders Program to promote and reflect Ontario’s diversity.
    • Engage employers to provide training and employment opportunities for newcomer

Citizenship

  • Promote greater social inclusion, civic and community engagement by helping non-profit organizations strengthen their capacity to serve communities, support social innovation, attract volunteers, and address current and emerging challenges.
  • Work with other ministries to address non-profit sector challenges and to promote more effective working relationships with non-profit organizations that deliver programs for government.
  • Recognize the contributions Ontarians make to their communities and to the Province through provincial honours and awards programs.