Just before Christmas 2010, Ontario’s immigration and settlement sector received a very unwelcome gift from the federal government. Over $43m in cuts were announced to 53 nonprofits working with immigrants in the province. Some organizations lost 100% of their government funding and hundreds of settlement staff will be laid off in the coming months.
Thankfully, in January 2011, a grassroots campaign called Rewind the Cuts was launched to advocate maintaining funding to these organizations. This campaign, however, faces an uncertain outcome. It’s possible that this is simply the beginning of a wave of cuts to settlement services in the coming years.