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Fall 2018 Edition


Settlement News:

Express Entry Set Multiple Records in the 3rd quarter of 2018

Source: CIC News dated October 10, 2018
The Government of Canada’s Express Entry economic immigration system had a notable third quarter of 2018, issuing a record high number of 22,800 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence over the months of July, August and September. Read more about Express Entry Set Multiple Records.

Ontario Issues New Invitations to Express Entry Candidates

Source: CIC News dated October 22, 2018
Ontario has announced new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence for Express Entry candidates, including a 2018 high of 439 invitations through its Skilled Trades Stream on October 19. This is the most invitations issued…Continue reading Ontario Issues New Invitations.

More Families to Reunite

Source:  IRCC News Release dated August 20, 2017
To help reunite even more parents and grandparents with their families in Canada, the Government of Canada will accept up to 20,000 applications for the sponsorship of parents and grandparents, in 2019. This is 4 times the number of applications accepted when the program reopened in 2014… Continue reading More Families to Reunite.

Digital Fingerprint being scannedCanada's New Biometrics Rules: Here's what you need to know

Source:  IRCC News release dated July 31, 2018
On July 31, fingerprints and a photo became mandatory for many people from Europe, the Middle East and Africa applying for a Canadian visitor visa, work or study permit, permanent residence or asylum in Canada.
On December 31, 2018, this requirement will be extended to Asia, Asia-Pacific and the Americas.   Continue reading about New Biometrics Rules article. Visit Canada’s official immigration website Facts about Biometrics.

The Portal contains valuable resources to materials and links to other sites for the local private sponsors on the More Info page.   Additional publications can be found on the ‘Newcomer Resources’ page.  Many of the materials are available in several languages.


8 New Videos Highlighting Local Businesses

Source: Middlesex Newsletter Fall Edition, 2018
Middlesex County is proud to announce the release of the latest round of "Invest in Middlesex" videos! The series of eight videos profile people and businesses that make up the Middlesex economy and highlights…visit Middlesex County’s Key Sectors webpage to view the videos by clicking on the Business Profiles buttons.

London Job Fair

Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Location: Double Tree by Hilton London, 300 King Street, London, ON
Event details and registration through Jobs Canada Fair website; free for job seekers to attend.

Cultural Communities and Festivals:

Visit one of the many popular festivals being held in the upcoming months.  Several of these multi-cultural events are held on an annual basis and each highlight one or more of the followings: arts, music, history and/or international cuisines.  Check out each event for more details and if any admission fees apply.

 Journeys of Migration Poster   Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Photo  Bollywood Dhamaka Night Poster                

Sixth Annual Journeys of Migration
Date: Thursday, November 15 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm, Attendance is free but registration is required
Location:  UCC McKellar (Room 290), Western University, 1151 Richmond Street

Bollywood Dhamaka Night
Date: Wednesday, November 14 from 7:00 - 11:30 pm   Location: London Ukrainian Centre, 247 Adelaide Street

Canadian Pacific 2018 Holiday Train
Date: Thursday, November 29 from 8:30 - 9:00 pm  Location: Richmond Street railway crossing between Oxford and Central Streets

Winter Wonderland
Dates: December 1 - 31, 2018 from 5:30 - 11:00 pm  Location:  Victoria Park, 580 Clarence Street

Victorian Christmas
Dates: December 1, 2018 - January 1, 2019 from 12:00 - 5:00 pm  Location: Eldon House, 481 Ridout Street North

New Year's Day Bird Walk at Greenway
Dates: January 1, 2019 from 10:30 am - 1:30 pm  Location: Greenway Park, 109 Greenside Avenue

Winter Wonderland at Victoria Park      Victorian Christmas at Eldon House  New Year's Day Bird Walk at Greenway


Education & Training:

In London and Middlesex County, we are proud of our top universities and colleges, excellent vocational training and free public school system.  You will find some of the best educational experiences in the world right here.  To find out more, visit the Learning section located on the Portal.

On the Move Planning Tool

This simple tool will guide you to studying or living in London and Middlesex County.  After answering some questions, the tool will provide a custom list of tasks and a timeline for your use. Click On the Move to start the tool.

Do a Free, On-line Test

SourceCentre for Education and Training
Before you arrive, do a free, online test to assess your English or French skills and find out if you need language training. Once you know your skill level and you need to improve your language skills, you could:

  • take an English or French language course in your home country before you move to Ontario
  • use free online resources to learn to speak and read in English or French, such as Learning English with the CBC

Arts and Heritage:

Green in the City PosterGreen in the City Series

Dates: Tuesdays, November 6 to December 4 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: The London Public Library, Stevenson & Hunt Room, 251 Dundas Street
Event Details:  

Ting Self ProtraitTing: The Life and Work of Merle Tingley

Dates: September 21, 2018 to January 27, 2019
Location: Museum London, 421 Ridout Street North, London, ON
Merle Randolph Tingley (1921-2017) better known as “Ting” was, for over forty years, the much-loved London Free Press political cartoonist.  This biographical exhibition will introduce you to the Ting you knew and the Ting you didn’t. Far from being an exposé, The Life and Work of Merle Tingly will confirm that he was a kind and gifted man whom Londoners were fortunate to claim as their own.


For a complete listing of events happening in London and surrounding area, visit Tourism London and Tourism Middlesex websites. For newcomers, learn about the Citizen Culture Program, an opportunity to explore London’s arts and culture.

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Newcomer Strategy Document Cover PageCommunity Development:

City of London's Newcomer Strategy 2019-2023

Source: City of London's website
‘Choose London – Innovative, Vibrant and Global: London’s Newcomer Strategy’ is a community driven strategy, led by the City of London.  It is the product of a broad consultation process with multiple stakeholders and statistical and literature reviews. This Strategy identifies three strategic priorities:  Enhance Awareness, Facilitate Access and Active Engagement.  Each of these strategic priorities is supported by… Download the Newcomer Strategy (68-page PDF file) for further reading.



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