Immigration Waterloo Region Weekly
Your guide to upcoming events, information and resources in Waterloo Region

March 16, 2020

OUR HEALTH IS IN OUR HANDS!
Stay Informed on 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Protect Yourself
Due to the COVID-19 events are changing rapidly, w e encourage Waterloo Region residents to stay informed about the virus by visiting the Region of Waterloo Public Health webpage . This webpage keeps residents up to date on how many positive cases have been detected in the Region, what facilities and programs have been closed and cancelled and what measures people should take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 .

In addition, the Ontario Ministry of Health has prepared an i nformation Sheet on COVID-19 and translated it into 23 other languages including French, Chinese, Arabic, Spanish, Hindi and Italian.  Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre has translated it into two additional languages: Tigrinya and Amharic.   This info sheet shares important information about how you can protect yourself, what are the COVID-19 symptoms and what to do if you are sick after travelling.

Check out the Coronavirus updates across the country visiting the Public Health Agency of Canada webpage.
Events and Programs
G5 Refugee Sponsors - Virtual Strategizing Meeting, March 25, 7:30-8:30pm
(G) The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) is organizing this virtual meeting to discuss advocacy priorities for G5 sponsors and how the CCR can better support these sponsors. It will also track the findings of the survey that the CCR conducted in Fall 2019.
Civic and Community Engagement
The Immigration Partnership invites you to participate in the 4th annual #belongtogetherWR campaign on March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination by sharing a story, making a personal commitment or telling us what you have done to eliminate racism and discrimination in our region. Have your say!
Research and Data
Computer Programmers and interactive media developers were the number one in demand job in Waterloo, Wellington, Dufferin in February. That's according to our updated Labour Market Snapshot which is now available online.
This paper presented by Maxim Institute takes a regional development lens on New Zealand's migration policy, seeking to understand freely-chosen international migration and what it might look like for regions to unlock the potential of immigration policy for the long-term health of their communities.
The Latest Immigration News
  St. John's newcomer students experience swimming thanks to burkinis , The Chronicle Herald, Mar 14, 2020 
Ontario Needs Skilled Immigrants , Ontario Government, March 11, 2020

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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