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Newcomers’ Global Connections Boost Ontario’s Economy - Government of Ontario Press Release

This is quite interesting and part of this is the result of a report by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Provincial government after a series of community meetings across the province. The Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, Peterborough business owners and community groups, were involved in a roundtable discussion just over a year ago with the OCC and the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Here is a link to the original article on the OCC Immigration white paper called Think Fast: Ontario Employer Perspectives  - Sandra

Below is the press release from the Government of Ontario. 

Ontario is reintroducing its first-ever Immigration Act that would, if passed, assist the province in working with Ottawa to maximize the economic benefits of immigration.

Immigrants help grow a stronger economy by leveraging their networks and forging new global connections that will keep Ontario competitive in international markets.

Building on the government's Immigration Strategy, the proposed Ontario Immigration Act would:

  • Facilitate Ontario's work with the federal government on the recruitment, selection and admission of skilled immigrants.
  • Strengthen the province's ongoing efforts to reduce fraud by protecting the integrity of our immigrant selection program and improve accountability.
  • Increase transparency and information-sharing with our immigration partners.

The province will also redesign the Provincial Nominee Program to respond to expected increases in the federal government's allocation of economic immigrants.

Maximizing Ontario's immigration programs is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.



  • Ontario remains the number one destination for newcomers to Canada, receiving more immigrants than the combined total of all the provinces and territories west of here.
  • Newcomers make up 30 per cent of Ontario's labour force.
  • Over the next 25 years, immigration will account for all of the increases in Ontario’s working-age population and is expected to be a major source of future labour force growth.
  • Federal decisions over the decade have reduced the proportion of economic immigrants coming to Ontario to 46 per cent, while other provinces on average receive 65 per cent (2013). In 2011, 97 per cent of Ontario’s provincial nominees remained in the province.


Comment through the "Peterborough Chamber" group of LinkedIn. 




Citizenship and Immigration Canada is seeking private sector partners to collaborate on innovative initiatives targeted at supporting newcomer settlement and integration within Canadian communities

As a private sector applicant, you are invited to indicate interest in contributing a set of financial, logistical, promotional and/or expertise-based resources, towards an innovative initiative. As outlined in the enclosed application, initiatives can vary depending on your organization’s areas of interest and expertise. Examples include:

  • Planning a professional networking event targeted to a particular newcomer/refugee client group.   
  • Hosting a sector-specific mentoring session for skilled newcomers.
  • Providing prize funding for the development of technology-based solutions to facilitate newcomer workplace or community integration. 

Applicants are encouraged to be creative in developing and proposing ideas and to take this opportunity to connect with community organizations and develop multisectoral partnerships.

Benefits to your company could include:

  • Visibility as a leader in spearheading an initiative dedicated to supporting a healthier local labour market, strengthening community social and economic development, and building a diverse and welcoming community;
  • An opportunity to host and strengthen connections with other local organizations, which may include existing or potential clients, suppliers, etc.;
  • An opportunity to grow a client base by hosting and connecting with newcomers, refugees and other potential clients; and
  • An opportunity to play a more active role in the use of your donated resources.    

We invite companies to submit inquiries by November 7th, 2014, and completed applications by November 14th, 2014 at 11:59 pm (EDT) to innovation@cic.gc.ca.

Please note that this is not a call for proposal and there is no CIC-funding available through this Call for Interest.  All costs related to submission of a statement of interest, or any subsequent or related activities or initiatives, will be incurred entirely by the applicant.

Hosting a sector-specific mentoring session for skilled newcomers.