The City of Mississauga has been awarded $70,000 in funding from the Government of Ontario to help newcomers settle in the community. The funding will support the Welcome Home to Mississauga Roadshow, a three-year program to engage new residents through the City’s Community Services Department.
“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, we welcome this significant funding investment made by the Government of Ontario. Each year, we welcome thousands of newcomers to Mississauga. Funding for initiatives like the Welcome Home to Mississauga Roadshow allow us to develop new and existing partnerships with community agencies and other levels of government to provide neighbourhood reach for newcomers,” Mayor Bonnie Crombie said. “With this funding, we can help new residents access the right tools and resources they need to become active and engaged members in our community. As our city continues to grow, we remain focused on attracting and retaining newcomers from across Canada and around the world.”
Beginning in spring 2018, the program will help newcomers to:
• Find community services online, both before and after they arrive in Mississauga;
• Access information about Mississauga at pop-up kiosks at different community events;
• Attend events designed to meet local residents, such as community dinners; and
• Participate in the community storytelling project The Story of M.
“With this initiative, we can connect with residents who are new to the city, making for an easier transition into the community,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner of Community Services. “The program complements existing City work being done like our annual Welcome Day celebration, citizenship and settlement information sessions at our libraries and our Active Assist program.”
“Newcomers are a vital and growing part of Ontario`s communities. They contribute to the social, economic and cultural enrichment of our province. Mississauga is investing in a bright future by supporting programs to help engage, support and integrate newcomers into our province so that they can thrive and excel,” said Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.
Learn more about City services and programs for newcomers at mississauga.ca/newcomers.