Immigration Waterloo Region Weekly
Immigration Partnership News
Apply Now: Two Funding Opportunities for Immigrant and Refugee Initiatives in Waterloo Region
The Waterloo Region Immigration Partnership is now accepting applications for support for initiatives that facilitate the welcoming, settling and integration of immigrants and refugees in Waterloo Region.

Call for Applications. Organizations, groups and individuals can now apply for support through the Immigration Partnership Fund for Immigrant and Refugee Initiatives and the Fund for Immigrant Economic Wellbeing. 

1. Applications open for the Immigration Partnership Fund for Immigrant and Refugee Initiatives. Established at the Waterloo Region Community Foundation as a signal of the welcoming community Waterloo Region strives to be, this fund will now support initiatives that facilitate the welcoming, settling and integration of Ukrainians fleeing war and Afghan and other refugees in the Region. Through the generosity of residents and businesses, there is currently $114,000 available in the Fund. With a focus on meeting the individual needs of refugee families arriving in the region, funding may be awarded:

  • For minimum $1,000 and maximum $5,000 to individuals/groups and agencies for unforeseen and/or extraordinary settlement costs for individual refugees.
  • For minimum $5,000 and maximum $25,000 to agencies for programming.

2. Applications open for the Fund for Immigrant Economic Wellbeing. This Fund targets initiatives that enhance the employment, entrepreneurship and economic wellbeing of immigrants in Waterloo Region. Supported through the Region of Waterloo’s Equity Fund, a total of $1 million is available for granting. Funding will be awarded:

  • For minimum $1,000 and maximum $5,000 to individuals/groups and agencies for otherwise unsupported employment, entrepreneurship or economic wellbeing costs for individual immigrants.
  • For minimum $5,000 and maximum $100,000 to agencies for programming or to immigrant-led and other businesses.

Visit www.immigrationwaterlooregion.ca/funding for further information on both Funds, eligibility, deadlines and application links.

For more information, please contact Alejandra Amez, Communications Coordinator, at AAmez@regionofwaterloo.ca

We have partnered with Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs) of Southwestern Ontario and WILL Immploy to host a webinar this Fall for employers that will focus on information and best practices in creating welcoming and inclusive spaces within the workplace.

Our guest speakers for this session include:

-Roger Faulkner - President, Owner & General Manager of General Coach Canada
- Tarndeep Singh - Social Research/Project Assistant, Sarnia-Lambton Local Immigration Partnership

More details and registration, here.
For more details on these events and other immigration, anti-racism and community initiatives, follow us on our social media accounts!
Community Partner Highlights 
Immigrant Services and Interpretation Open

Refugee Integration Updates

Community members can support Afghan and other refugees arriving in the region in many ways: Providing affordable housing or primary care, making monetary donations to the Immigration Partnership Fund or Reception House Waterloo Region, donating clothing and other items, sponsoring refugee families, supporting family reunification efforts,etc. Visit http://immigrationwaterlooregion.ca/afghanresettlement for more information on the Afghan Resettlement in Waterloo Region!

Today marks one year since Afghanistan fell into the hands of the Taliban. Canada has welcomed over 17,375 Afghans fleeing the country in search of refuge, including 465 government assisted and privately sponsored refugees reported to have settled in Waterloo Region. 

Visit www.immigrationwaterlooregion.ca/ukraine to learn how residents of Waterloo Region can support the Ukrainians coming to Canada. In addition, visitors will find helpful information and tools shared by the federal government specifically for Ukrainian individuals and families such as service access instructions, welcome to Canada checklist, SIN for Newcomers, etc.
Information and Resources
Supportive Care In Person Career Fair
Join Conestoga College to learn more about the fully-funded Supportive Care program by attending this career fair on Sept 13 at Conestoga Career Centre, 332 Marsland Drive (Floor #2), Waterloo, 10am. During this Career Fair, you will have the opportunity to meet with hiring employers on-site. (Please be sure to bring along your resume.)

About the Supportive Care Program 

This 18-week fully funded Supportive Care Program is looking for job seekers who want to work in the home care field, as well as employers who are hiring home care workers. This Conestoga College program is a great opportunity for newcomers looking for a job in the home care field: Students will receive training and a conditional job offer as a Supportive Care Worker.

This could include working with seniors, individuals with disabilities, and/or individuals who are recovering from illness/injuries, etc. The program is offered across Ontario. Most of the training is offered virtually, live through Zoom with the option to attend an in-person lab.  


Waterloo Region Community Foundation (WRCF) is accepting applications for the Arts Grants Fund between August 8 and September 22, 2022. Approximately $220,000 will be distributed through the fund in 2022, of which $15,000 of the granting dollars available will be allocated by the Arts Grants Committee to Pat the Dog Theatre Creation to be distributed as part of their Microgrant Program for individual artists across Waterloo Region. Visit wrcf.ca/artsgrants for eligibility and application details.

Waterloo Region is pleased to announce the launch of the Upstream Fund, a $2.1 million annual fund to support community-led initiatives in Waterloo Region that align with the Community Safety and Wellbeing Plan (CSWP).  
Organizations, groups and individuals can now make a proposal for funding through the Upstream Fund. Please read the information below for more information on how to submit your proposal!  Submission will be accepted until September 23, 2022. 

In collaboration with the Canadian Index of Wellbeing and many community partners, Wellbeing WR is launching a 2022 Community Wellbeing Mini-Survey this Fall. The data from this survey will shed light on the reality of community wellbeing and inequities after more than 2 years into the COVID-19 pandemic, and help improve services and supports for people living in Waterloo Region. Your voice matters in shaping community wellbeing in Waterloo Region. To stay up to date on the 2022 Mini-Survey, sign up for Wellbeing WR survey mailing list here. 
Events and Webinars
City of Waterloo Summer Events
The City of Waterloo invites families to enjoy the last days of Summer with its fun activities and events, such as Art Market, Campfire, Movies in the Park, Public Art and Historical Uptown Waterloo walking Tour and much more.
Questions et problèmes courants sur la résidence temporaire et le parrainage  
Vendedi 19 août, de 14h à 15h15 
Cet atelier vise à donner de l’information juridique sur une sélection de questions courantes en matière d’immigration afin d’appuyer les intervenants dans leur travail auprès des clientèles visées.  Plus précisément, la session portera sur la prolongation, les délais et autres problèmes courants liés au statut temporaire (permis d’études et de travail).
Emancipation Day: Virtual Learning Circle, Aug 22, 12-1pm
In partnership with the City of Cambridge and IdeaExchange, Wellbeing WR is providing a virtual learning opportunity about Emancipation Day, and the slavery that existed in Canada causing intergenerational trauma for many African Canadians. The virtual learning circle will be hosted by Rhythm and Blues on August 22nd.
ESL Book Club, Aug 22, 2pm
Join The Kitchener Public Library for this special Book Club geared towards English Second Language learners! In this program, participants will fun discussing and reading different English texts together. Suggested minimum CLB level is 5. Contact Kaia at Kaia.Bishop@kpl.org for help if you’re not sure if the book is the right level for you.
Startup Business Basics, Aug 23, 10-11am EDT
Waterloo Region small Business Centre invites entrepreneurs to learn the necessary steps to start their business. Including: The various forms of business ownership, government regulations, the importance of a business plan, forecasting cash flow, identifying your target market and client profile and when and why to register for HST. Registration is required to receive the ZOOM Link. Registration for other entrepreneurship webinars on video production, content marketing, email marketing and more here.
Newcomer Orientation Week , Aug 29-31, 9am -3pm
Attending high school (grades 9-12) for the first time in September? Join YMCA of Three Rivers Immigrant Services for the Newcomer Orientation Week that provides an orientation to school, tips for success and an opportunity to make new friends! To register, call 519-742-8220 or email itinerant@ytr.ymca.ca.
Accepting Identity & Finding Connection for 2SLGBTQ+ Newcomers, Aug 31, 6pm
This online event is brought the City of Cambridge Newcomer Outreach Program will cover the following topics: KW Unity Mosque Yes! You can be Queer and Muslim, Wilfrid Laurier Self-Care and Safety for Queer Newcomers, Newcomer Outreach Program, Spectrum Resources and more.
Walk this Way: March of 1,000 Umbrellas, Sept 15, 11am
Join the United Way Waterloo Region and hundreds of local businesses, organizations and community members to show support for our local agencies and all the people that provide the critical work on the ground in Waterloo Region. Special performance by Cambridge native Stacey Kay, Canada’s Got Talent Finalist.
Newcomers' Trip to Crow Shield Lodge, Sept 22, 9am-2pm
All-day bus tour for newcomers: City of Cambridge's Newcomer Outreach Program is pleased to announce a bus tour to Crow Shield Lodge. Crow Shield Lodge provides access to Indigenous worldviews and cosmovisions which are available to people of all Nations. The purpose of the bus tour is to introduce our newcomer community members to the Indigenous values, worldviews, practices and land.
COVID 19 Coverage and other News

The Immigration Waterloo Region calendar has information about local programs and events for newcomers. Subscribe for a digest of events coming up in the next week or add your own events to share.
Feel free to send suggestions or relevant events/resources to include to the Immigration Waterlooo Region weekly by emailing Dan Vandebelt (dvandebelt@regionofwaterloo.ca) and Alejandra Amezquita Gutierrez (AAmez@regionofwaterloo.ca)
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