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HELPING NEWCOMERS IN THUNDER BAY SETTLE AND SUCCEED

Gravelle and Mauro announce funding for Thunder Bay Multicultural Association

April 29, 2013 - Ontario is increasing support in Thunder Bay to help our city's newcomers get the services they need to settle and find jobs.

Through the government’s Newcomer Settlement Program, the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association will receive $122,154 over two years to help newcomers connect with important language, job training and community services.

Enhancing newcomer settlement services is part of the province’s Immigration Strategy and supports our government’s efforts to build a strong economy and a fair society.

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"Supporting newcomers continues to be a priority for our government. Through the Newcomer Settlement Program we are able to help individuals and families connect to important services based right here in our community. The Thunder Bay Multicultural Association continues to be integral in helping build a strong, vibrant community that contributes both socially and economically to the fabric of our region as well as the growth of our province, and I am tremendously pleased we are supporting this important work." — Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North

"I am pleased that our government is continuing to invest in local programs which help immigrants succeed and contribute to our economic growth. This funding for Thunder Bay's Multicultural Association will assist the continuation of administration of their programs and services which have helped countless newcomers from many countries including Italy, Finland, Ukraine and Poland. We all benefit when newcomers integrate into our local communities."— Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan

“Newcomer Settlement Programs across Ontario provide funding for front-line workers to help newcomers with adjustment to Canada and integration into society. Everything from finding work, housing, accessing language classes, health care, referrals to appropriate services, and orientation to Ontario can be provided. The program ensures that newcomers to our region become active participants in their communities and the economy of the city. Thunder Bay Multicultural Association has settlement workers that can assist newcomers to Thunder Bay with their immediate needs in settlement and integration.”— Cathy Woodbeck, Executive Director, Thunder Bay Multicultural Association

QUICK FACTS

• Since 2003, the Ontario government has increased funding to settlement programs by almost 80 per cent.

• Settlement services in Ontario help more than 80,000 newcomers each year.

• More newcomers immigrate to Ontario than any other province – nearly 40 per cent of Canada’s immigrants land in Ontario.

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