Ontario Determined To Get A Better Deal For New Canadians
McGuinty Government Striving For A Stronger Economy
January 17, 2011 News release
The McGuinty government begins talks with the federal government this week to negotiate a new Canada Ontario Immigration Agreement (COIA).
Ontario will put forward a deal that will not only help newcomers succeed but that will strengthen the economy. The province instructed its chief negotiator Michel Dorais, a former Federal Deputy Minister, to reach an agreement by March 31, 2011 that:
- Provides services that will help newcomers succeed in Ontario.
- Maximizes the flow of funds directly into the province, reducing administrative burdens and overlaps.
- Ensures that newcomers are able to contribute to a stronger economy, such as going on to start their own business and creating more new jobs.
Helping new Canadians contribute to Ontario’s success is an important part of the McGuinty Government’s Open Ontario plan to strengthen our economy by investing in the skills and knowledge of all Ontarians.
Shortly after the passage of the resolution calling for a new COIA, the federal government formally confirmed its willingness to enter into negotiations.
Integrating newcomers so they can make a contribution to Ontario’s success is vital to the province’s future, and integral to the government’s Open Ontario Plan to strengthen the economy by investing in the skills and knowledge of all Ontarians.
"We want to make it easier for newcomers to succeed in Ontario and contribute to the economy. When newcomers succeed, our economy becomes stronger – creating jobs and supporting services Ontarians rely on like our schools and health care." - Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.
- Ottawa has withheld $207 million owed to Ontario newcomers under the first COIA agreement – funding that was supposed to provide services like language and skills training to new Canadians in order to find work and contribute to our economy.
- Ottawa has also recently announced $44 million in cuts to 35 Ontario community agencies that help new Canadians integrate, train, work and start new businesses.
- Quebec, British Columbia and Manitoba have immigration agreements with the Federal Government that give them greater control over immigration spending and programs.
- Last year, the Ontario legislature unanimously passed a resolution asking Ottawa to begin negotiations on a new COIA agreement that provides the adequate funding, planning, and governance necessary for immigrants to succeed and for Ontario to prosper.
- Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister's Office, 416-325-6205
- Michel Payen-Dumont, Communications Branch, 416-314- 7010