Peel Immigration Web Portal Celebrates Two Years and 100,000 Visits
BRAMPTON, ON. (Dec. 6, 2010) Ė The Region of Peel and Peel Newcomer Strategy Group joined with local partners today to celebrate the second anniversary and 100,000 visits to immigrationpeel.ca, the Regionís immigration web portal.
Peelís portal is one of 21 municipal immigration portals funded by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and Citizenship and Immigration Canada through the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement. Peel launched its site in November 2008 to support the successful integration of newcomers arriving in Ontario and since then it has received nearly 100,000 visitors. "This website is an excellent example of our Government's Open Ontario Plan at work. It will help Peel attract both talented newcomers from around the world and investment to create jobs," said Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.
Regional Chair Emil Kolb said that the portalís success shows there is a tremendous need for practical newcomer information. ďItís all about helping new immigrant families and individuals succeed. The site helps them prepare before they arrive and eases their anxieties,Ē Chair Kolb said. Every year, 25,000 to 30,000 new immigrants arriving in Canada choose Peel as their home, making it the highest recipient of newcomers in the Greater Toronto Area. Peelís immigration web portal, immigrationpeel.ca links to a wealth of useful information about settlement and employment services, as well as to essential ďfirst-stepsĒ such as applying for health cards, registering in ESL courses and enrolling children in school.
ďI often remind people that my family - and probably theirs - were new to Canada once. Some of us can remember the hardships our parents experienced to create a new life in Peel. Helping newcomers to find good jobs and get settled benefits our whole community in many ways,Ē Chair Kolb said. With immigrants making up the majority of new residents in Peel, The Region is investing in a range of initiatives to both speed and smooth their integration into the community. Included among these key initiatives are:
- Formation of the Peel Newcomer Strategy Group comprised of key stakeholders representing all tiers of government as well as the business, non-profit and education sectors. The organization is developing a coordinated and integrated settlement services model to address the needs of newcomers. The group recently published a detailed report describing its vision of a new model for enhancing newcomer settlement services in Peel.
- Publication of five immigration discussion papers (2008) on key issues related to immigration. The Region of Peel commissioned this series of discussion papers with funding assistance from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Each paper helps us to better understand the immigrant experience and offers recommendations to help immigrants succeed. The five papers are:
- Social Cohesion, Social Exclusion, Social Capital
- Meeting the Needs of Immigrants Throughout the Life Cycle
- From Generation to Generation: Utilizing the Human Capital of Newcomer Parents to Benefit
- Neighbourhood Patterns and Housing Choices of Immigrants
- Meeting the Human Service Needs of Immigrants
- Primary research of Peelís Labour Market (2010) and the challenges newcomers encounter in finding employment that meets their skills. In this sample of 1,425 newcomers and Canadian-born Peel residents, the findings point to a significant gap in skill utilization, income and credential recognition of immigrants in the workplace.
Peelís commitment to supporting the integration of newcomers into the community also includes participation in the Mentoring Partnership, an alliance of community agencies that matches skilled immigrants with established professionals in the same occupation, and the development of a long-term corporate diversity strategy.
For more information on services and resources for newcomers, visit immigrationpeel.ca.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.
For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit peelregion.ca.
Immigrationpeel.ca Fact Sheet (PDF 25kb, 2 pgs)