News & Updates

News about and for newcomers to Ontario and the latest updates from Settlement.Org.

  • Wednesday, September 2 2015
    • School Buses Return to Ontario Roads in SeptemberAs another school year begins, Ontario is asking drivers to slow down near school buses and school zones and to pay attention for children.Parents can help by reminding children to stay alert and watch for other vehicles when getting on or off buses.
  • Wednesday, September 2 2015
    • Changes to Ontario’s Student Aid Program (OSAP)Changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) are now in place, making the program more flexible and allowing more students to access financial aid. Among other changes, student aid is now indexed to inflation.
  • Tuesday, September 1 2015
    • Ombudsman Begins Taking Complaints About School BoardsThe Ontario Ombudsman is now officially able to take complaints about Ontario's 82 school boards. Anyone with an unresolved concern about a school board can contact the Ombudsman through their website or by phone 1-800-263-1830.
  • Monday, August 31 2015
    • New Road Safety Rules In Effect September 1The rules of the road will be updated starting in September. Changes include tougher penalties for distracted driving, new rules to protect cyclists and measures to ensure the safety of tow truck drivers and children riding school buses.
  • Monday, August 31 2015
    • Driver’s Licence Fees IncreasingDriver and vehicle licence fees are increasing on September 1, 2015. The fee to get a new driver’s licence or to renew one will now be $81.50. Other vehicle fees are also increasing this fall.
  • Wednesday, August 26 2015
  • Tuesday, August 25 2015
    • LAO Domestic Violence Strategy Consultation SessionsLegal Aid Ontario (LAO) is meeting with domestic violence survivors, partners in the Violence against Women community and other legal and community service providers to develop a strategy to expand and improve legal aid services.
  • Wednesday, August 19 2015
    • Frequently Asked Questions on VotingCanada is having a federal election on October 19th, 2015. This webpage has information on how and where to vote, time off work to vote, voter identification, who may vote, what to expect when you go to your polling place to vote, and why voting matters.
  • Wednesday, August 12 2015
    • Seniors Safety Line Now AvailableOlder adults who are being abused or are at-risk of abuse can now phone a toll-free line for counselling and information about community services. The helpline is 1-866-299-1011 and callers can speak with an interpreter if they choose.
  • Tuesday, August 4 2015
    • New Rules for Chinese Citizens Travelling Through CanadaEligible Chinese citizens can now travel through Canada to the United States without a Canadian visa. The China Transit Program only applies to people travelling through Toronto Pearson Airport (Terminal 1) and the Vancouver International Airport.
  • Wednesday, July 29 2015
    • Tips for Planning a WeddingIf you are getting married, you need to make sure that your paperwork is in order and that the person you’ve asked to perform your marriage ceremony is authorized to perform marriages. ServiceOntario can help with some of the aspects of getting married.
  • Friday, July 24 2015
    • Legal Aid Available to Refugee Claimants Filing AppealsRefugee claimants who are filing an appeal through the Refugee Appeal Division (RAD) may be eligible for up to 16 hours of Legal Aid services. Due to a recent court ruling, all failed refugee claimants can now access the RAD.