Out of all the refugees that enter Canada, more than 50 percent of them stay in Ontario. To ensure that this vulnerable population adjusts easily and comfortably to their new environment. The province developed a settlement program a couple of years ago and invested $110 million in it and has no added $17.5 million more to the investment. Laura Albanese, Ontario’s Minister of Immigration and Citizenship, said that more investment was added for service gaps and to ensure the long-term success of the vulnerable population, which gives them a better chance of contributing to the Canadian community and economy. Vulnerable groups in Ontario are the refugee population. The $17.5 million will be used over the next two years and allotted towards 95 different programs. Some of the programs included are job placement programs, mental health workshops, peer support seminars, and violence prevention lessons. Some of the programs will also focus on teaching healthy cooking to the youth. One of the most popular programs is the Refugee Youth Project conducted at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel. It is a part of the Go Girl Program and purely focused on female youth refugees. They will be interacting with female mentors who will help them promote self-esteem and teach healthy living. Harinder Malhi, minister for the status of women of Ontario, said that such programs bring the community together and most needed in areas like Brampton.

Important to the province

Laura Albanese said that integrating newcomers into the community is very important for Ontario’s stability and growth. All these investments are very necessary. Refugees are people like us and need social support, and Ontario will never stop doing that. Women are also considered under the vulnerable population for now. The program started in 2017 and will continue until the end of 2019 as per the funds allotted.

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