Toronto’s Newcomer Day


Toronto became the first non-European city to adopt our Integrating Cities Charter on 18 December 2014.

As part of its commitment to the integration of migrants and persons of migrant background in all aspects of city life, Toronto hosted its first annual Newcomer Day this year on 29 May, along with an inaugural Newcomer Fair. During a citizenship ceremony, sixty people became Canadian citizens as part of the first annual Newcomer Day, which was hosted by the city of Toronto in partnership with the Toronto Newcomer Leadership Table. The leadership table is made up of representatives from Canada’s three orders of government, community agencies, school boards, health and other sectors.

Toronto has a comprehensive set of resources in place to help newcomers settle and integrate, but they can be difficult to access. Many newcomers are unaware of all the support available and many face difficulties integrating into the city's social, economic and cultural landscape.

In response, the city launched its Newcomer Strategy, designed to improve newcomer settlement through shared leadership, stronger collaboration and a more seamless and coordinated service system.

The first Newcomer Day was a bit success, attracting important media attention at local and national level.

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