Halton Newcomer Portal helps newcomers navigate services in Halton

Halton Newcomer Portal helps newcomers navigate services in Halton

Release Date: Nov 21, 2012

Photo (left to right):

  • Marwa Elsewisy
  • Christina Suero
  • Indira Naidoo-Harris, Director of Communications for The Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (Provincial Government)
  • Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr

Newcomers attending an information services fair held at Halton Region earlier today were the first people in the community to use the new Halton Newcomer Portal, a website designed to help newcomers find information about services that can assist them before and after their arrival in Halton. The Halton Information Services Fair is held annually for local students in English as a Second Language classes and features information displays about Regional and community programs and services. In addition to a demonstration of the new site, guests at the Halton Information Services Fair were invited to explore the portal at designated computer stations set up at the event.

“The Halton Newcomer Portal is a community based initiative to support newcomers and ensure that Halton Region is a welcoming, inclusive and supportive community in which they can participate and prosper,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “The portal will help newcomers identify the community supports and services they can access when they arrive in Halton.”

The goal of the Halton Newcomer Portal is to provide Newcomers with information that will assist them as they transition to their new life in Halton. Information is provided on everything from community supports such as local services for Newcomers, to information about government services, education and training, employment and the local labour market, healthcare, and community services. Funding was provided through Ontario’s Municipal Immigration Information Online program.

“Immigrants are critical to Ontario’s economic growth and are an important part of our strong and thriving communities” said Michael Chan, Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. “Ontario continues to welcome newcomers and help them settle in our communities, so they can contribute fully to our prosperity. When newcomers succeed, Ontario succeeds.”

Halton Region in partnership with the Halton Multicultural Council and Sheridan College was the lead on the development of the portal which included extensive consultation with over 200 individuals and organizations. The portal is part of the Halton Newcomer Strategy which is a key initiative in the Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan. Through the Halton Newcomer Strategy, Halton Region’s focus is on removing barriers to employment for newcomers and supporting initiatives that improve services for newcomers in Halton.

The Halton Newcomer Portal will be available at www.welcometohalton.ca. To learn more about the Halton Newcomer Strategy visit www.haltonnewcomerstrategy.com.

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; emergency medical services; waste management; public health; social/assistance/Ontario Works; children’s and seniors’ services; social/non-profit housing; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at www.halton.ca.


Media Contact:
Sheldon Wolfson
Commissioner, Social & Community Services
Halton Region
905-825-6000 ext. 7094
Toll free: 1-866-442-5866

Alternate Media Contact:
Stacey Hunter
Communications Specialist
Halton Region
905-825-6000 ext. 7529