Huron County Immigration Partnership
Huron County’s Immigration Partnership is a collaboration of community members, organizations and business partners from multiple sectors within the region working to create a welcoming community for newcomers. Our partners represent settlement, health, housing, language, education, community services, municipalities, employment services and more.
Immigration Partnership strives to improve the coordination of settlement, integration and community involvement of immigrants and refugees in Huron County. This work is important to us so that Huron County will be a community where immigrants and refugees successfully settle, work and belong.
We are working to strengthen our community’s capacity to welcome immigrants and improve integration outcomes through enhanced economic, social political and civic participation.
New to Canada?
Welcome to Huron County! We have some of Canada’s best beaches, the prettiest sunsets and stunning hiking trails. Our farmers’ markets and tasting trails are a great way to discover one of Ontario’s most agriculturally productive regions.
Huron County is divided into nine municipalities and is home to five towns: Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Seaforth and Wingham. There are five villages: Bayfield, Blyth, Brussels, Hensall and Zurich, along with more than 60 hamlets.
Get settlement support
Settlement workers help newcomers settle in their community by:
- Completing forms and documents
- Navigating and referring to local systems such as health care, recreation services, education & taxes
- Providing referrals to local programs & services
- Learning about Canadian life and culture
- Connecting with interpretation services
These supports are funded by the government and are provided to newcomers at no cost.
Book your virtual or in person appointment by contacting:
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Learn or improve your English
The Centres for Employment & Learning of Avon Maitland offer English as a Second Language programs. The programs are conducted in a classroom setting and are specifically designed to offer assistance to adults in the community for whom English is not their first language but who would like to:
- Listen, speak, read and write in English
- Improve communication and employability skills
- Increase knowledge of Canada
Visit the Centres for Employment & Learning’s website for more information or contact:
Centres for Employment & Learning
tel: 519-271-4896 ext 2402
Get help finding a job
The Centre for Employment & Learning offers individualized support to assist job seekers in obtaining their employment goals. Services include:
- Employment counselling
- Resume/cover letter writing assistance
- Information on community programs and services
- And more
The Conestoga Career Centre also offers employment support in Huron County. Services include:
- Finding new employment and career opportunities
- Creating a personal plan
- Understanding the job opportunities in your local area
- And more
For Conestoga Career Centre services in Huron County please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 519-271-5700, ext. 7224.
Visit a Huron County Library branch
The Huron County Library has 12 branches in communities throughout our area. They offer an exciting selection of programs, events, books, videos and other materials for all ages and interests. Public access computers are also available at their locations. Services are at no-cost to the user.
Attend local events
Public events occur every weekend in Huron County in various towns, villages and hamlets.
Learn more about things to do in the area at Ontario’s West Coast website.
We recognize that:
- Immigration is important to the future of Canada and Huron County.
- Immigrants’ current settlement and integration outcomes are filled with multiple challenges, and many immigrants remain on the margins of our community.
- Local communities, institutions and leaders have an accumulated knowledge and experience that we must leverage and build upon.
The Huron Immigration Partnership’s mission is to connect and bring people together to build a welcoming place that attracts, employs and supports newcomers.
We are a vibrant, welcoming community that embraces diversity and offers opportunities; a place where all belong and are respected.
What We Do
- Collaborate to create a welcoming community for newcomers
- Research to better understand and meet newcomer needs
- Improve the coordination of settlement and integration services
- Raise awareness around the benefits of immigration to the community
Our Working Groups
Settlement and Service Delivery Working Group
This working group focuses on how services can be best delivered and accessed by newcomers in Huron County. The members of this working group discuss coordinated services for newcomers, as well as identifying gaps in services or programs that could be addressed by service providers to meet the needs of newcomers.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Working Group
This working group creates and implements strategies to increase the public’s knowledge of equity, diversity and inclusion while advocating for systemic change at the organizational level. Members of this group work towards creating opportunities to raise awareness of the benefits of immigration and the creation of welcoming communities that attract newcomers.
Employment and Labour Market Working Group
This working group focuses on improving the employment and skills development outcomes of newcomers in the region. The goal of this group is to inform employers of the benefits of hiring newcomers and to identify strategies to retain a newcomer workforce, as well as identifying initiatives that support newcomer businesses. The working group advises the Local Immigration Partnership on employment and labour-related matters and trends.
Research Working Group
This working group has been formed to improve the Local Immigration Partnership’s knowledge of the trends related to the settlement and integration in Huron County. The research working group’s goal is to collect data on how to enhance services and inform the Immigration Partnership and community strategies to retain newcomers in the region.
Immigration Partnership conducts public campaigns to raise awareness and promote the belonging of immigrants and refugees in the Huron County community.
If you are interested in learning more about a particular topic, check out some of the resources we have compiled, including books, videos, articles, podcasts and more.
How Can We Help?
Huron County Immigration Partnership is always excited to support newcomers to Huron County. Let us know how we can help!
57 Napier Street,
+1 (519) 524-8394 ext.6