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Simcoe County approves Settlement Strategy

December 15, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

Simcoe County Council has approved the 2023 Community Settlement Strategy to support newcomers and reflect the needs and goals of residents, businesses, and municipalities.

Through the Local Immigration Partnership, the County is working closely with partners in government and within communities to build inclusive, vibrant, healthy, and sustainable communities.

The County is home to more than 82,000 immigrants, which is an increase of more than a third since 2016.

The new settlement strategy lays a clear path forward that supports newcomers living, working and feeling a sense of belonging in Simcoe County.

The County has made significant progress since the launch of the first settlement strategy in 2016.

Accomplishments include launching an immigration website containing over 300 pages of online content to attract, integrate, and retain newcomers to the region. The County increased investment in supporting additional English language training programs as well.

The strategy also includes Francophone language training, settlement services, the successful launch and growth of the Immigrant Job Finding Club and the development of an annual Newcomer Recognition Awards ceremony with award categories aligning with the goals of the Community Settlement Strategy.

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