The Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto, will host an important community forum that will bring together newcomer communities, non profit organizations, organized labour, business and government officials. "Refusing to settle for less: Newcomer policy recommendations to overcome poverty" is the title of the forum that will provide a space for reflection, dialogue and action to address racialized poverty and employment issues, while strengthening civic participation among immigrants and refugees living in Toronto.
The forum is a grassroots community initiative first proposed by newcomers themselves organized around a Newcomer Advocacy Committee of the Mennonite New Life Centre.
The committee gathers newcomers from different walks of life to identify common priorities and to take action on public policy changes. At the forum, members of the Newcomer Advocacy Committee will present a research report including public policy recommendations on access to fair and meaningful employment for newcomers.
The keynote speaker for this event will be the Hon. Jean Augustine, PC., CM. Fairness Commissioner, Province of Ontario who will speak on the Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy and its relation to the work of the Office of the Fairness Commissioner. Among other confirmed panellists speaking at the forum are Joan Atlin of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council and Avvy Go of the Colour of Poverty Campaign.
The forum will include four-round table sessions on: Employment Equity, Paid Internships, Municipal and Provincial Elections and Community Organizing Experiences. Each round table will be facilitated by representatives of community organizations such as the Labour Education Centre, the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians and I Vote Toronto Campaign. The final section of the forum will a presentation of key recommendations to a panel of politicians from all three levels of government.
Registration is required prior to the forum.
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