June 27 marks Multiculturalism Day – a time for celebrating diversity in Canada. Half of all immigrants to Canada make Ontario their home representing approximately 200 countries and 130 languages. The Region of Halton – consisting of Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills – is one of the fastest growing and most welcoming communities in all of Canada, with almost 30 per cent of new residents born outside the country.
Part of celebrating the diverse nature of Halton is emphasizing what new and old Canadians can offer each other. Immigrants bring their rich professional and cultural experiences to a land that embraces diversity and hard work. Canadians born in the country offer their hospitality in a free, progressive nation that was built by generations of hard-working immigrants.
On Multiculturalism Day, these groups celebrate what they have created together.
Moving to and settling in a new country can be a challenge, so accessing free resources such as those offered by The Centre for Skills Development & Training can help smooth the transition for newcomers to Halton. The Centre offers services to help immigrants improve their English, develop the skills they need to find work and provides support and resources to help them learn about the community.
As Canadians, let us celebrate our multiculturalism and demonstrate how diversity strengthens our community. For information on how to access immigrant services at The Centre, visit thecentre.on.ca/immigrants/ or call 905-333-3499.