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Immigration portal available in seven languages

Launched in June, the portal helps newcomers settle into northeastern Ontario
Cochrane, Ont. (Supplied photo)

The Northeastern Ontario Immigration Portal is now available in seven languages.

A joint initiative of the Timmins Economic Development Corp. (TEDC) and the Timmins & District Multicultural Centre, the online website was launched in June as a one-stop shop for resources aimed at making the transition easier for newcomers to Northern Ontario.

On Dec. 13, the organizations announced the portal is now available in English, French, Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, Punjabi and Filipino.

“Having access to services in their first language is an invaluable asset for newcomers,” said TEDC chairman Fred Gibbons in a news release.

“The TEDC is proud to be part of this initiative and it’s just one of the ways we are working to diversify our economy in northeastern Ontario.”

The portal helps address issues relating to static and declining populations and provides information about local services and resources. Mobile-friendly, the portal helps organize community information necessary to make settlement decisions. 

“This new tool allows newcomers – whether they're from Chinatown, Toronto, or Beijing, China – to get a sense of a fresh new life in over 30 Northeastern Ontario communities,” said Tom Baby, TDMC Coordinator, in the release.

“By attracting newcomers to the region, this tool will help Northeastern Ontario spur growth and innovation.”

The project is funded by the government of Ontario through the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.