McGuinty Government Launches Citizenship Curriculum To Ease Newcomers' Transition

    New "All About Ontario" Course For Citizenship And Language Training

    TORONTO, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is launching "All About
Ontario," a new citizenship curriculum designed to ease newcomers' transition
by teaching them more about life in this province, Ontario Minister of
Citizenship and Immigration Mike Colle announced today.
    "Understanding Ontario's traditions and the responsibilities of
citizenship are important elements for newcomers making a successful
transition to life in this province," Colle said. "That's why we're launching
this new teaching tool for adult newcomers to learn about the province's
history, geography, government and elements of responsible citizenship such as
voting and volunteering."
    "All About Ontario: A Curriculum Resource for Citizenship and Language
Training" will be incorporated into English as a second language (ESL) and
French as a second language (FSL) classes across the province. Anyone
interested in ESL or FSL classes should contact their local school board.
    The province invested almost $100,000 to develop this curriculum
resource, which was piloted last fall in non-credit ESL citizenship and
language classes in six school boards: Toronto District School Board; Toronto
Catholic District School Board; Thames Valley District School Board; Waterloo
Region District School Board; Niagara Catholic District School Board; and,
Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board.

    Breaking Down Barriers For Newcomers

    'All About Ontario' is a part of the McGuinty government's comprehensive
plan to break down barriers for newcomers. Other initiatives include:

    -   The first-ever Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement, which increases
        federal spending on language training and settlement services by an
        additional $920 million over five years to front-line service
        providers in Ontario
    -   Over $50 million investment province-wide annually on
        English-as-a Second Language and French-as-a-Second Language classes
        for adult newcomers, including occupation-specific language training
    -   The Fair Access to Regulated Professions Act 2006, which was passed
        in December. The Act will ensure a fair, open and transparent process
        for obtaining registration and licensing in regulated professions for
        internationally trained individuals
    -   Launched, which provides information for
        newcomers on the job market, how to find work, settlement information
        and even how to get a driver's license.

    Disponible en français


For further information:

For further information: Rick Byun, Minister's Office, (416) 325-3460;
Michel Payen-Dumont, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7010

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