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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.


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

IRCC reduces Express Entry application deadline to 60 days

Source: CIC News dated June 26, 2018
Express Entry candidates who receive an Invitation to Apply, or ITA, for Canadian permanent residence will now only have 60 calendar days to submit their complete electronic application.  The previous time was 90 days.  With the shorten time frame, applicants would be wise to get their documents in order soon after submitting their profile to the Express Entry system.  Learn more about Reduced Application Deadline to 60 Days

Immigration drives Canada's population over 37 million mark

Source:  CIC News dated June 14, 2017
Canada’s population broke the 37 million mark in the first four months of 2018, growing by a million people in record time thanks largely to immigration, Statistics Canada reports.  It only took two years and two months for Canada’s population to grow from 36 million to 37 million, which Statistics Canada says is the quickest increase of this size ever observed.  The agency said immigration was… Read more about Immigration drives Canada’s population.

IRCC improves the processing of student applications from China, India, Vietnam and the Philippines

Source:  IRCC News release dated June 8, 2018
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is making great strides in promoting Canada as a destination of choice for international students seeking a quality education by finding efficient ways to process applications.  To support the growth in study permit applications, IRCC announced the Student Direct Stream (SDS), which is available to students applying for a study permit from China, India, Vietnam and the Philippines. Learn more about Processing Student Applications.

Canada's Provincial Nominee Program at 20: Helping more people immigrate and succeed

Source: CIC News dated May 31, 2018
Since its inception 20 years ago, Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program has grown in both size and importance and now stands as the country’s second largest program for economic immigration.  From its humble beginnings in 1998, when around 200 people were admitted to Canada through it, the Provincial Nominee Program, or PNP, will be responsible for more than 30 per cent… Continue reading Canada’s PNP helping more people.  Visit Ontario’s PNP website for more information about their program.

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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.

Upcoming Community and Cultural Events:

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.

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Outdoor Movies
Dates: every Friday or Saturday at dusk in July, August and September, weather permitting
Location:  various parks throughout the city

Londonlicious - Heatwave
Dates: July 20 - August 12, 2018   Location: participating restaurants in London

London Rib-Fest
Dates: August 2 - 6, 2018 from 11 am - 11 pm  Location:  Victoria Park, 580 Clarence Street, London ON

London 2018 Ontario Summer Games
Dates: August 2 - 5, 2018   Location:  various locations throughout London

Nuit Blanche London
Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018   Location:  various downtown locations

Grand Navratri Garba 2018
Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 11:30 pm  Location: A.B. Lucas Secondary School

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Get a Head Start - funding for New Businesses in London, ON

Source: article dated June 26, 2018
Getting a business off the ground is a costly venture, whether it’s seed money, staffing expenses or research and development. One of the most discouraging thing for new business owners is looking at their expense sheet and wondering where the money is going to come from.  Thankfully, the London Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) has an extensive list of grant and loan programs available to new and existing businesses.  Read the balance of Get A Head Start article.

London and Area Works LogoLondon and Area Works Job Fair

Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 from 2:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: Western Fairgrounds Agriplex, 845 Florence Street, London, ON
Event Details and Registration through Eventbrite; free for job seekers to attend
Jobseekers bring your resume, your enthusiasm and your skills to make your next career connection.  To get the most out of the fair, read ‘5-Ways to Succeed at Job Fairs’ before attending.

LTC to Add Ride Service for Factory Workers

Source: London Free Press article dated July 2, 2018
The London Transit Commission (LTC) is looking to make it easier for workers without their own transportation to get to jobs in areas without regular transit service.  The LTC has approved a report offering three options for better service to hard-to-reach industrial areas in the city, a pressing need for some businesses mainly located southeast of highway 401 and east near London’s Airport.  Continue reading about LTC to add ride service.


Visit LEDC’s News and Events web page to discover the latest business news and business-related events taking place in London.  Read about the top stories on local business who are making an impact in their field.  Learn about the trends that are happening in the economic climate.  LEDC also produces ‘London Matters Newsletter’ which, you can subscribe to be on their mailing list.

Summer Programs for Newcomer Children & Youth:

Every summer various organizations offer activities for children and youths.  Click on the links below to view additional details and note that some program fees may apply.

Education & Training:

Farmers Feed the Workd LogoFarmers Feed the World (On-line Resource)

SourceOCASI newsletter #71 dated June 2018
Farmers Feed the World assists newcomers by providing information online in English and Arabic on Canadian agricultural practices, starting a farm and selling food in Ontario, regulations regarding work and food safety, and legal information regarding land transactions and leasing; learn about these topics through recorded webinars. 

Visit the Farmers Feed the World website to learn about the program and the webinars.


Arts and Heritage:

Pow Wow DancerHarvest Festival & Pow Wow

Dates: September 15 – 16, 2018
Location: The Museum of Ontario Archaeology, 1600 Attawandaron Road, London ON
Event Details: on Museum of Ontario Archaeology website
Everyone is invited to experience a traditional aboriginal Pow Wow! The Pow Wow runs rain or shine. View short video commentary about the Pow Wow event.

Doors Open London LogoDoor Open London

Dates: September 15 – 16, 2018
Location: various locations throughout London
Event Details: on Door Open London website
Get an inside look at London's many museums, heritage sites, and community organizations and see history come ALIVE in London on September 15 & 16 for the 17th annual Doors Open London!


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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