Register for CCR Spring Consultation, 30 May - 1 June 2013, Vancouver
Refugees come to Canada seeking safety for themselves and their families. How do we make sure that refugees and other newcomers feel safe and secure? How do we offer a warm welcome to all? Participate in the Canadian Council for Refugees Spring Consultation on the theme of Promoting Security and a Warm Welcome to explore these questions and more.
Register before 10 May to take advantage of the reduced fees!
For more information view CCR Meetings.
Growing Social Enterprise in the North
The Rural Social Enterprise Constellation (RSEC) is a partnership among a growing network of supporters and doers of rural social enterprise in Ontario. In so doing the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN), a RSEC partner, presents “Making the Money, Getting the Tools, Creating the Linkages” event on May 1, 2013 in the Thunder Bay area. For more information about the initiative and to register for the event visit Rural Social Enterprise Constellation
New Start-Up Visa Coming Soon
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is accepting applications for the new Start-Up Visa program as of April 1, 2013. This is a pilot program which will run for up to 5 years.
Candidates for the program are required to have the support of a Canadian angel investor group, venture capital fund or business incubator before they can apply. Applicants must also meet certain language requirements. More information about the visa can be found on the CIC website.
New Regulatory Colleges
Starting on April 1, 2013, the Ontario government opened 2 new regulatory colleges.
The College of Kinesiologists of Ontario and the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario will regulate and oversee the services of these practitioners in Ontario.
Detention Review Hearings Information
The Immigration Division recently updated its online Detention Review Hearings brochure. Written in plain language in a question and answer format, the brochure explains the detention review process. The pamphlet is available in Arabic, Cantonese, Farsi, Hungarian, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil and Urdu. Read more
New Accessibility Standards for the Design of Public Spaces
On January 1, 2013, the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (Ontario Regulation 191/11) was amended to include accessibility requirements for the Design of Public Spaces. Organizations are not required to make changes to their public spaces. The standard only applies when organizations build new or make major changes to existing elements of public spaces. The regulation can be found on the Ministry website.
A Fair Way to Go: Access to Ontario’s Regulated Professions and the Need to Embrace Newcomers in the Global Economy
In 2011, the Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) embarked on an ambitious endeavour to conduct the first comprehensive assessment of professional registration practices in Canada. In
2011-2012, the OFC completed 37 assessments. While the process found regulators to be generally working in good faith to adhere to their fair-access duties, further improvement are needed. For more information read the 12 key recommendations and the full report.
Office of the Fairness Commissioner