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Spring 2017 Edition

Featured Story:

Fanshawe College Opens New English Language InstituteFanshawe English Language Institute Logo

Article supplied by Janine Shier, International Marketing Officer

Introducing Fanshawe College’s English Language Institute (ELI), offering a full range of ESL instruction for beginners and students soon entering advanced college and university programs and everyone in between!

The ELI offers English for Academic Purposes (EAP), which is a full-time program designed for both international and domestic students (Canadian citizens and permanent residents).  Fanshawe’s EAP Program provides a direct route from English language learning to post-secondary studies with no further language testing required!

EAP consists of 10 eight-week levels (two EAP levels per college term) delivered by 15 full-time instructors. Students who achieve 70% are eligible to progress to the next level.

Levels 1 and 2:
Suitable for students just beginning to learn English.

Levels 3 to 8:
Learn language skills needed to succeed in the Canadian college classroom.  Students who graduate from Level 8 with a grade of 80% or greater can enter most Fanshawe College diploma programs (in addition to English proficiency, other admission requirements may be required).

Levels 9 and 10:
Develop language skills required for advanced academic programs at both Fanshawe College and universities.  Students who complete both advanced levels with a grade 80% or greater in Level 10 can enter Western University without further language proficiency testing.

Which level should I start in?  We evaluate all new or prospective students prior to program entry in order to determine the best starting level.  Placement is based on scores from a computer-based listening and reading test, a writing sample and a friendly conversation with an EAP instructor.

Is there financial aid for EAP students?  Domestic EAP students are in fact eligible for financial assistance through the Ontario Student Aid Program (OSAP) for two college terms (four EAP levels).

How do I apply for EAP?  Domestic students apply for EAP through the Ontario Colleges Application System at  To apply, students must select General Arts and Sciences One Year English Studies GAP5 – this is the official academic code for Fanshawe’s EAP program.

For more information or to setup an evaluation, please contact Fanshawe College’s English Language Institute at or 519-452-4430 ext. 4358.


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Settlement News: (includes youth services, housing, health and immigration research)

Ontario Continuing to Welcome Newcomers with Expanded and Modernized Immigration Program

Source: Government of Canada news release dated February 16, 2017
In order to help businesses attract the manpower required to compete on a global level, Ontario is continuing to accept more skilled newcomers than ever through its successful Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).  The federal government has recognized the importance of OINP to Ontario's economy and has increased the province's 2017 allocation by 500 nominees to a total of 6,000.  Read more about the Expanded and Modernized Program.

Canada to welcome more French-speaking skilled immigrants with new changes to Express Entry

Source: Government of Canada news release dated March 31, 2017
“Increasing Francophone immigration and growing Francophone communities across Canada remains a priority for the Government of Canada. Canada’s greatest strength is its skilled, hard-working, creative, and diverse workforce. I am pleased that with my announcement today, Canada will welcome more French speakers and others with skills and experience that will help our economy and communities grow”. - The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. Learn more about Welcome more French-speaking Skilled Immigrants.

Express Entry improvements: Spring 2017

Source: Government of Canada news release dated March 31, 2017
Express Entry is Canada’s flagship application management system for key economic immigration programs, including the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program. Express Entry remains unchanged until the improvements are implemented on June 6, 2017. At that time, Ministerial Instructions with further details…Read more about the Express Entry Improvements.

Immigration Research:
2016 Census Results

Source: Statistics Canada website
The 2016 Census collected demographic information on every person living in Canada.  This information will be used by governments, businesses, associations, community organizations and others to make important decisions at the municipal, provincial and the federal levels.  In 2016, 98.4 per cent of the census population filled out either long-form or short-form questionnaires.  Information on the first census topic (Population and Dwelling Counts) was released on February 8th.  View the 2016 Census schedule to see when other information on the other census topics will be released.


Community Development including Cultural Communities News:

Break the Behaviour Website LogoOCASI Launches Anti-Islamophobia Campaign

On January 23, 2017, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) launched the provincial anti-Islamophobia campaign 'Break the Behaviour'.  The campaign consists of two TV ads that help spread awareness about this important issue.  Visit the website to view the ads and to sign a pledge to become an advocate for anti-Islamophobia.

150 Years of Innovation in London

150 Innovation Works LogoDate: May 24, 2017 from 12:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: Innovation Works, 201 King Street, London, Ontario
Contact us: or (519) 660-9533
Innovation Works is a local organization that brings together entrepreneurs, businesses, government, nonprofits, and charities.  On May 24, Celebrating 150 Years of Innovation in London will bring together leaders from these many sectors to raise awareness, promote collaboration and inspire the next generation of innovators to help give back to our community.  Learn more about the 150 Years of Innovation event.

Life as a Refugee (LAAR) Conference

Date: June 20, 2017 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Conference Facility at Goodwill Industries, 255 Horton St. E, London, Ontario
This 1-day conference is organized by the Cross Cultural Learner Centre in partnership with the Western Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations, London Public Library, Pillar Nonprofit Network, South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre, London & Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership, and London-Middlesex Immigrant Employment Council.  The theme of LAAR 2017 will be: "From Refugee to Londoner".  View LAAR poster. Registration is required by going here


NEW! Online Job Search

Settlement.Org has a new section to help newcomers find employment.  The Online Job Search section includes articles on how to use social media as a job search strategy.  The articles describe how using social media effectively can help newcomers network, learn about their field and find out about employment opportunities.  Visit Settlement.Org for other resources on how to find employment.

Ontario Adds 9,100 Jobs in December

Source: Ontario Government news release dated January 6, 2017
The increase in jobs included gains in the construction, scientific and technical industries.  On an annual average basis, the total increase in Ontario's employment in 2016 was 76,400.  The majority of these new jobs are full-time positions, in the private sector and in industries that pay above-average wages.  Ontario's unemployment rate was 6.4 per cent in December, and has been lower than the national average for 20 months in a row.

Valuable Local Online Resource

London Economic Development Corp. LogoWebsite: London Economic Development Corporation (LEDC)
LEDC works with business, government and community partners to attract business investment, develop a connected and supportive business climate and grow London's talented workforce. LEDC provides various labour market information, news and events happening in London’s business sector, a business directory, London Tech Jobs postings and other resources for entrepreneurs and job seekers to check out.

Education & Training:

Free Online Courses for Internationally Educated Health Professionals

SourceHealth Force Ontario and University of Toronto
The Health Force Integration Research and Education for Internationally Educated Health Professionals (HIRE IEHPs) project aims to help internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs) successfully integrate into Canadian workplaces.  Three on-line courses were developed to aid IEHPs in the following areas: Workplace Integration Network, Practice Readiness: Communication Matters and Alternative Career Options.

Immigration Regulator Launches Multilingual Fraud Awareness Campaigns Refugee Program

Our 2017 theme is 'Not Licensed? Not Legal!'
Source: The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) press release dated March 2, 2017
March was Fraud Prevention Month in Canada.  In light of this, the ICCRC launched a worldwide multilingual campaign to encourage the public to help ensure that individuals offering immigration and citizenship assistance are authorized.  2017 marks ICCRC’s fourth consecutive annual campaign.  Visit their website on How to Stop Immigration Fraud


Arts and Heritage:

Canada Eh? A History of the Nation's Signs & Symbols

Date: Now until May 14, 2017
Location: Museum London, 421 Ridout St. N., London, ON
This exhibition features artwork and artifacts that explore the symbols that make up our Canadian national identity.

Fanshawe Pioneer Village Picnic

Date: July 1, 2017
Location: 2609 Fanshawe Park Road East (enter through the front gate of the Conservation Area)
Grab your picnic blanket and help celebrate Canada Day the old fashioned way at Fanshawe Pioneer Village!  Join us for a Dominion Day school lesson and patriotic speeches in honour of the formation of the Dominion of Canada!  Read about the picnic and other fun-filled events at Fanshawe Pioneer Village.

Canada 150’s Discovery Pass

Source: Government of Canada website
In honour of this 150th anniversary special event, the Government of Canada is offering a free “Discovery Pass” that will allow users unlimited opportunities to enjoy parks, marine conservation areas, and historical sites across our country.  You can help celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary by exploring some of the wonderful natural and historical sites that our country has to offer.  Read more about Parks Canada Passes and Permits: Discovery Pass.


Visit London Tourism for a complete listing of Arts and Heritage Summer Events.
Visit London website for a complete listing of events relating to Canada’s 150th Anniversary.
To learn more about the cultural scene in London, visit London Culture website.
For newcomers, learn about the Citizen Culture Program, an opportunity to explore London’s arts and culture.

Upcoming Events:

Clipart Hiking CoupleSaturday Morning Walks

Date: April 1, 2017 and every Saturday thereafter until May 30
Location: Thames Park (15 Ridout Street South) and various other locations as noted
Join us from 9:00 – 10:00 AM to enjoy some fresh air and exercise in various trails and parks around The City of London.  All walks are free.  Come on out and enjoy walking the beautiful trails and parks within the City of London.  Families with children are welcome.  Wear good boots as there may be mud, roots or rocks.  This trail is quite hilly and might be too rugged for strollers.  For more information call John Clark 519-641-0442 or read more information from Saturday Morning Parks brochure.

St. Paul's CathedralThree Cathedrals Choral Festival

Dates: May 5 to 7, 2017     Tickets on sale here
Location: St. Paul`s Cathedral, 472 Richmond Street, London, Ontario
The Three Cathedrals Choral Festival is the only international event of its kind in Canada and it is being hosted for the third time in London.  The Festival crosses boundaries of culture and nationality.  It gives youth the chance to learn more about music and also provides a venue for local artists to showcase their work.  More information about the Three Cathedrals Choral Festival.

Happy Canada Day Logo

Canada Day - A Family Celebration

Date: July 1, 2017 from 2:00 PM - 10:30 pm
Location: White Oaks Park, 1119 Jalna Boulevard, London, Ontario
The Community Council of White Oaks has partnered with its generous sponsors to provide the South London Community with a sensational Canada Day celebration with live music, food, free inflatable rides and one of London’s largest free fireworks display.  Learn more about A Family Celebration for Canada Day.



Tourism London LogoMiddlesex Tourism LogoFor a complete listing of events happening in London and surrounding area, visit Tourism London and Tourism Middlesex websites.



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