LIP to Host Information Session Discussing Immigration in The Sault

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Do you have questions about how refugees arrive and are settled in Sault Ste. Marie? Do you want to know more about the growing communities of newcomers in our city? Would you like to know how the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program works, and what it will mean for our community?

The Local Immigration Partnership invites you to attend an information session on Wednesday, November 27 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Russ Ramsay Room, third floor, Civic Centre.

The information session will feature a panel of community leaders and specialists who will answer questions about international students, the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program, the refugee resettlement program, the community’s overall immigration strategy, and Canadian immigration processes in general.

“Many people have questions and assumptions about immigration in our community,” says Adrian DeVuono, LIP Project Coordinator. “This information session aims to bring clarity, openness and transparency to immigration programs and processes so that everyone has an understanding of how they work and why they’re important for our community. We want people to know that we have a plan and that we’re confident this community can increase its diversity to the benefit of everyone.”

The information session is a unique opportunity for citizens to learn, ask questions and engage in an open dialogue about an issue that will play a major role in shaping the identity of Sault Ste. Marie. All are welcome and invited to attend.


  1. What a joke, if the prospect of more immigrants,refugees, or illegals, coming to Sault Ste. Marie, and area isn’t warmly embraced by everyone, those who don’t jump for joy will immediately be labeled as being not politically correct, bigotted, racist, islamophobe, or what ever ophobe is currently in fashion. If anyone doesn’t agree with answers given by the panel they might as well bring their own tar and feathers. Ontario is massively in debt, Canada is massively in debt, there are homeless people all over Canada including Sault Ste. Marie. I’m not racist, bigotted, any kind of phobe. Take care of Canadians first, charity begins at home, then offer help where needed.I have nothing against immigration in moderation by people who can pay their own way, and not be financed by Canadian taxpayer dollars

    • Jim Sweezey i don’t know how refugee system works and i hope nobody ever have to and i don’t know if you’re aware that an international student pays 17000 dollars a year for the same education we pay 3600, on top of that they look for and do jobs for minimum wage that most people here don’t want to, and pay taxes, pay rent, buy groceries that support our stores, the income that comes from them helps or at least i hope it helps with the debt, they dont get OHIP or anything even after working and paying taxes until they meet certain criteria. As a former international student i know the struggle first hand. Please ask an international student or similar who is or has gone through it becaiae like you said youre not raciat or bigot or any kind of phobe but not having proper information can be really dangerous too.

      • @Jay Singh – and they should be paying more. Post secondary institutions receiving funding from the government provided by taxes. A newcomer paying the same tuition as tax paying Canadians would be entirely wrong and tantamount to cheating.
        It’s also true that many newcomers engage in what anthropologists call ghettofication – start businesses and own houses and only employ or house people of the same ethnicity.
        Further, since newcomers haven’t been paying the historical taxes, you should not be receiving OHOP benefits or other state supplied financial assistance. Many international students are only in Canada for a short period of time and thus leave a very very minute economic foot print, minimal economic impact and don’t contribute to Canada’s GDP.

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