Ontario Objects To Federal Funding Cuts To Newcomer Services
McGuinty Government Fights For Jobs And Newcomers To Succeed
December 23, 2010 News release
Ontario is fighting a federal government decision to cut $44 million from newcomer services in the province. Up to 35 community organizations that help new Canadians integrate, train, and get job ready will have their funding cut.
Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Eric Hoskins met with several of the agencies impacted and listened to their concerns about the federal cuts.
The agencies involved report that as a result of the lost funding, dozens of their employees will lose their jobs and tens of thousands of new Canadians will lose access to the vital services they need to succeed and contribute to our economy.
The federal government will cut funds to more newcomer service organizations in the new year.
"Now is the worst time to cut back on supports to help people find work. Just when the economy is turning the corner you don’t turn your back on helping people train and find jobs. The federal government should be working with us to support new Canadians, many of whom go on to start their own business, creating more new jobs and helping our economy grow stronger" - Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.
- In total, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has announced its intention to cut $44 million from settlement programs in Ontario in 2011-12.
- As many as 35 newcomer settlement agencies in Ontario will lose up to 100 percent of their federal funding, including 14 in the Greater Toronto Area.
- The federal government has also withheld $207 million owed to Ontario newcomers under the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement – funding that was promised for services like language and skills training to new Canadians in order to find work and contribute to our economy.
- Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister's Office, 416-325-6205
- Michel Payen-Dumont, Communications Branch, 416-314- 7010