Toronto hosts its 9th Annual Newcomer Day

Posted on May 24, 2023 at 09:00 am EDT

Tomorrow, May 25, the ninth edition is celebrated Newcomer’s Day in Toronto. It is an event organized by the City of Toronto to help newcomers to the city (and Canada) get familiar with their new home and the settlement services that are available to them.

The event will be held at Nathan Phillips Square and will take place from 10 am to 3 pm. It is open for all Torontonians and visitors to attend.

A representative of the Toronto City Council wrote to CIC News and said: “Newcomer Day is an event for new Torontonians to feel celebrated and supported in their new home. In addition to building a more welcoming community for all, the event includes performances, food trucks, and an information fair that promotes newcomers’ awareness of the programs available to them.”

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Last year, more than 8,000 people attended the event and more are expected this year.

Event Highlights

One of the key events of Newcomer Day is a citizenship ceremony. City representative says 40 permanent residents are expected become Canadian citizens during the day.

There will be many other events as well. For example, to help foster civic engagement among youth and newcomer groups, information on civic engagement in Toronto will be available. Participants will have the opportunity to vote on issues important to them as part of a mock voting exercise.

This could be a useful exercise for some, as Toronto will elect a new mayor on June 26 and this may be the first time some newcomers have had the chance to vote in Canada.

In addition, there will be a host of representatives from universities, language schools, career services, community services (such as those offering additional support to women and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community), mental health services and more, all available to help. newcomers to settle in the city.

There will be children’s activities and a Tipi design workshop to help newcomers better understand Canada’s indigenous history. Participants also have the opportunity to join a 30-minute walking tour of the surrounding neighborhood led by the Toronto History Museums.

immigrants in toronto

Immigrants make up 23% of Canada’s population and Toronto is home to the largest number of immigrants in Canada. Data from the 2021 Census shows that 46.6% of Toronto’s population are immigrants.

Toronto is also home to 15.7% of Canada’s non-permanent residents, and in 2021, 17.6% of Toronto immigrants arrived as refugees.

A census report compiled by the city government says that women+ (defined by Statistics Canada as trans women, non-binary people and cisgender women) make up the majority of immigrants in the city. It found that for Toronto’s non-immigrant population, Women+ made up 49.9 percent of the population. By comparison, 53.9 percent of immigrants in Toronto identify as Women+.

Among all immigrants, 55% were born in Asia. Census data shows that the top three countries of birth for Toronto immigrants are the Philippines, China, and India.

It was also found that in 2021, 52.9% of Toronto’s population was first generation, meaning that neither parent was born in Canada. This compares to 26.4% of the Canadian population as a whole and 33.7% of the population of Ontario.

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