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Friday, October 17, 2014

More Countries Added to the Designated Countries of Origin List
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced that 5 new countries: Liechtenstein, Monaco, Romania and San Marino, are now part of the Designated Countries of Origin (DCO) list as of October 10, 2014. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Three New Job-Protected Leaves To Come Into Effect
On October 29, 2014, Bill 21, the Employment Standards Amendment Act, comes into force. This includes the Family Caregiver, Critically Ill Child Care, and Crime-Related Child Death or Disappearance Leaves.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Celebrate Citizenship Week
October 13 to 19, 2014 is Citizenship Week. There will be several citizenship ceremonies, reaffirmation ceremonies and other activities taking place this week.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Social Assistance Rates Increase
Rates for social assistance programs are increasing this fall. This includes rates for Ontario Works (OW), the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities, the Remote Communities Allowance and others.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Working Smoke Alarms Keep Families Safe
Ontario is helping launch Fire Prevention Week 2014 and encouraging families to test their smoke alarms to make sure they are working.Functioning smoke alarms can increase chances of surviving a fire by up to 50%.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Oshawa Family Law Service Centre Opens
Eligible individuals who live in the Durham Region or have a court case at the Oshawa court can now receive legal help at the new Family Law Service Centre. The centre also provides referrals to other community services.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New Tax Credit to Benefit Farmers and Communities
The Food Donation Tax Credit for Farmers is giving farmers a tax credit valued at 25% of the fair market value of the agricultural products they donate to community food programs, including food banks and student nutrition programs.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Canada Job Grant Launched in Ontario
The Canada Job Grant will provide up to $15,000 per person for training costs. Graduates will receive a mix of in-class training and on-the-job experience through organizations like career colleges.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Seatbelts and Child Car Seats Save Lives
The Government of Ontario would like to reminder drivers and passengers of the importance of wearing a seatbelt in order to stay safe on the road. It is the law for everyone in a vehicle to wear a seatbelt. Young children may also need to use car seats.

Celebrating Ontarians Who Are Helping Newcomers Succeed
The 2014 winners of Ontario’s Newcomer Champion Awards have been announced. The awards were presented to 15 people and organizations that have helped make Ontario’s society more welcoming for newcomers.

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