Local event to promote online tools for newcomers and employers

Attention News, photo and video editors

Guelph Wellington Immigration Portal to launch during “Immigration Connection”

Guelph, ON, March 15, 2013 – The Guelph Wellington Local Immigration Partnership invites members of the media to join newcomers, community leaders, local businesses, agencies and service providers at the fourth annual Immigration Connection event.

The annual event brings people together to discuss ways to make Guelph and Wellington County more attractive and welcoming for newcomers who bring skills, experience and investment to the area. This year’s event features two guest speakers who will address how communities can be more economically, socially and politically inclusive.

What

The Immigration Connection Event and Guelph Wellington Immigration Portal launch

Who

  • Mayor Karen Farbridge, City of Guelph
  • Warden Chris White, County of Wellington
  • Guest Speaker, Peter Paul, Assisting Local Leaders with Immigrant Employment Strategies (ALLIES)
  • Guest Speaker, Dr. Livianna Tossuti, Pathways to Prosperity

Where

Cutten Fields, 190 College Avenue East, Guelph

When

Wednesday, March 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Guelph Wellington Immigration Portal will be launched during the event. Funded by the province of Ontario, the new online tool to makes it easy for newcomers to get to know Guelph and Wellington County, learn about local social groups and activities, and connect with employers in the area.

“The Municipal Immigration Information Online program (MIIO) is an excellent way to bring the skills and talents of newcomers to local economies” said Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Michael Coteau. “We are working with our municipalities to help grow Ontario’s economy and create opportunities for newcomers. It’s a win-win for municipalities and immigrants.”

“Guelph is an inclusive and a welcoming place for immigrants and we need to support them as they settle in our community,” says Mayor Karen Farbridge. “The immigration portal is an important tool we can use to attract foreign investment, new jobs and talented individuals to Guelph Wellington.”

“Wellington County is excited to be part of this new online initiative, as economic inclusion of immigrants in our area will no doubt further strengthen our local economy,” says Warden Chris White. “The Guelph Wellington Immigration Portal is one more way we can achieve this goal.”

For more information

Alex Goss

Project Manager, Local Immigration Partnership
Community Engagement, City of Guelph 
T 519-822-1260  x 2634 
E alex.goss@guelph.ca

Learn more about the Guelph Wellington Immigration portal at guelph.ca/immigration