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August 31, 2007
New web portal assists immigrants to Toronto
The City of Toronto has launched a web portal to help new and prospective immigrants to the city find the important information they need to succeed.

Toronto’s new immigration portal, provides information on; how to pursue employment, start a business, access public transit and City services, as well as profiles of Toronto neighbourhoods.

Toronto was one of the first five Ontario cities selected for $200,000 in project funding from the Ontario government via Citizenship and Immigration Canada; the funding for the project was provided through the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement to enhance online information about settling and working to help immigrants integrate into Canadian society.

"No other city in the world welcomes immigrants as warmly as Toronto, and that’s probably because about half of us are immigrants," said Mayor David Miller. "Our residents come from more than 200 different countries of origin, speak more than 150 languages, and observe virtually every religion. The City’s motto Diversity Our Strength speaks to how much we value and welcome immigrants to Toronto. This web site will help immigrants settle and participate fully in life in Toronto sooner."

The Toronto immigration portal, found on the Living in Toronto section of the City’s website, will link to the province’s website for newcomers, and other online resources offered by the Ontario and Canadian governments, as well as community agencies serving immigrants in Toronto.

"Newcomers bring a world of experience to Toronto," said Gerry Phillips, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. "Toronto’s new portal and the province’s will help prospective immigrants and newcomers get the information they need easily and conveniently. These tools will help attract needed skills and investment to Toronto and Ontario."

"Canada's New Government wants newcomers to succeed with their new lives in Canada," said Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada. "And one of the best ways to help get local information about language training, job training and other settlement services is through the Internet. We've committed $10 million over the next four years to assist municipalities, such as Toronto, launch their own web portals and help newcomers and their families."

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and livability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Stuart Green, Communications, Mayor’s Office, 416-338-7119
Ada Bielow, Manager Public Information (A), City of Toronto, 416-338-0611
Victoria Totten, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Ontario Region, 416-954-7868



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