City of Toronto wants input on ways to support new immigrants

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The City of Toronto, in partnership with Ontario Coalition of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI), will be hosting two Open Dialogue sessions designed to start a conversation about a variety of social issues affecting our communities, and to engage a broad range of community members, including Councillors, staff and community agencies.

Date: Thursday, January 16
Time: 9:30 a.m. to noon: Permanent Resident Voting in Municipal Elections
1:30 to 4 p.m.: Newcomer Access to City Services
Location: The 519 Church Street Community Centre
519 Church St., 2nd Floor Auditorium

Through a public conversation, the City wants to identify what’s working, what needs to change and what are the best ways to address barriers to City services for newcomers. The City also wants to identify next steps in facilitating civic participation of newcomers.

Improving access to City services for new immigrants and supporting their civic engagement are two of the pillars of the Toronto Newcomer Strategy, endorsed by Toronto City Council in 2013. The Strategy was developed through extensive consultation and research, which identified that newcomers experience multiple barriers in accessing City services.

To learn more or to register for a session, visit: http://www.toronto.ca/opendialogue or call 311 or my office (416-392-7012).

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