Halton is a place where we welcome, respect and celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of all residents, while connecting people to the services they need most. I’m proud of the work Halton Region and our community partners undertake as we work together to make Halton a welcoming, inclusive and supportive community where newcomers can prosper.
When newcomers choose Halton as their home, there are many challenges ahead of them and our community offers support through multiple resources to help them integrate successfully. Halton’s Newcomer Portal outlines resources for arriving, living, working and going to school in the region and is one of the most comprehensive resources for newcomers to Halton.
Other helpful newcomer supports can be found online:
- Housing: Visit halton.ca/housing for a range of services including access to affordable market housing, subsidized housing, housing with supports, an emergency shelter program, as well as one-time financial assistance for low-income individuals and families experiencing difficulty with housing costs.
- New doctors: Visit halton.ca/newdoctor for a listing of family physicians that are also new to Halton and currently accepting patients.
- Jobs: Visit haltonjobs.ca for free programs and services to help people search for a job or train for a new career.
- Parenting: Visit halton.ca/haltonparentsfor a variety of free parenting programs and parenting and health information from health professionals
- Childcare subsidy: Visit halton.ca/childcaresubsidy for information on how to apply for childcare subsidy for eligible families.
- Immunization: Visit halton.ca/immunization for information about immunizations needed for school attendance and the recommended immunization schedule in Ontario.
- HMC Connections: Visit hmcconnections.com for a variety of services to help newcomers adjust to life in Canada, including counselling and settlement information, help connecting with the community, employment supports, English language training and housing supports (formerly known as the Halton Multicultural Council).
While there are many services for newcomers to Halton, there are also opportunities for our current residents to offer their support. The Halton Newcomer Strategy is an advocacy team that engages the community to empower newcomers to Halton and they’re always looking for passionate volunteers to help create welcoming neighbourhoods. Halton Region also provides specific information for Syrian refugees on its website to help them make a safe and healthy transition into our community.
By continuing to work together, our communities can greatly benefit from the talent, education, experience and commitment newcomers bring and keep our region a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.
As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.