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Virtual Multicultural Wellness Fair 

In our 8th Year we go Virtual! This year more than ever, mental health supports are needed. The unique times we are facing have brought with them new challenges and made more evident the importance of having reliable resources to maintain and improve our mental health. It has been proven how much the diverse communities experience more layers of challenges to access resources, and 2020 is not the exception.

The MWF is a multi-agency partnering initiative that aims to reach out to culturally diverse populations in Hamilton to provide education about mental health and community resources. This event honours World Mental Health Day and creates awareness about Hamilton services to multicultural communities, including newcomer immigrants and refugees.

The event will feature a line-up of incredible speakers, and entertaining performances, as well as a chance to win one of many prizes and giveaways. This event is open to everyone. Share this event with your clients, or friends, and neighbors. 

Tune in on Facebook Live: MWF2020 will be held on October 10, 2020 from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm - Facebook Event Page.

Stay safe and join the event on Facebook Live. 

Just Recovery Ontario 
HIPC would like to introduce the Just Recovery Ontario campaign. This campaign came about when a number of community organizations from across Ontario got together and shared their concerns regarding how many equity-seeking groups have been particularly affected by COVID 19.

In Hamilton, the campaign has been spearheaded by the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic. The campaign invites individuals, groups and organizations to join the call for a just recovery for all through the five pillars below: 
 
  • Create adequate and accessible income supports
  • Ensure decent work with fair pay, benefits & protections in safe workplaces
  • Expand and preserve safe, adequate and affordable housing
  • Invest in access to basic services like child care, transportation, digital access and eldercare
  • Establish tax policies that make sure people with the highest incomes pay their fair share

To learn more please visit the campaign's website. 
 
Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) Opening October 12
The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. The CRB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Individuals eligible for the CRB can receive $1,000 ($900 after taxes withheld) for a 2-week period. One may apply up to a total of 13 eligibility periods (26 weeks) between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021, given that one continues to be eligible for the benefit during this time period.

Applications will open on October 12, 2020. The easiest way to apply will be online through CRA My Account.

For more information please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/recovery-benefit.html 
Community Announcements 

Proclaimed by the Parliament of Canada on June 21, 2018, Latin American Heritage Month is the perfect time for Canadians to learn a little more about the long and rich history of the Latin American community in Canada and the inspiring role it has played—and continues to play—in our society. Together, let’s celebrate the richness, vitality and colour of Latin American cultures and traditions. We wish everyone a happy Latin American Heritage Month!

In 2007, the Parliament of Canada proclaimed October Canadian Islamic History Month in recognition of the significant contributions the Muslim community has made to Canadian society. This month offers all Canadians a wonderful opportunity to reflect on and learn more about the history of Islam in Canada and the cultural diversity of Canada’s large Muslim community. Happy Canadian Islamic History Month!
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