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IRCC Launches Call For Proposals On February 18 
The call for proposals 2019 for settlement and resettlement assistance funding will launch on February 18 which will be open to agencies, groups and individuals. This process will create a full set of Settlement Program and Resettlement Assistance Program services across Canada that will be in place for the next 5 years. Funded projects will start on April 1, 2020, and will run up to 5 years, or end no later than March 31, 2025. You can apply to get funding under the Settlement Program and/or Resettlement Assistance Program but you must submit separate proposals for each program.
Defining Visible Minorities

A new Globe and Mail report poses the question whether or not the term "visible minorities" should remain relevant today. The term has had historical and legal implications in the past. However nowadays, our population is constantly changing. Visible minorities are no longer the minority in places such as Richmond, B.C., and Markham, Ont. − they are now the clear majority. And Statistics Canada projections show that in some other cities – including Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary – visible minorities could be the majority by 2036.

Briefings 
Drs. Lorraine Carter and Suad Badri of McMaster University hosted a workshop for professionals in the settlement services sector titled "Culturally-integrated ESL: An Equal Access Language and Literacy Strategy." The session featured Hamilton-focused research project exploring ESL services from the perspective of female adult learners of culturally-distinct backgrounds, opening the doors for possible collaboration among key agencies to consider a pilot based on the research findings. 
HIPC Senior Project Manager Sarah Wayland was a guest lecturer to the Refugee Health Policies and Practice class at McMaster University. She presented to a group of students in the Global Health M.Sc. program. Her presentation featured the latest data and trends on immigrants in our city, introducing the students to the ways in which City and partners come together to create a welcoming and inclusive Hamilton for all newcomers.
The City of Hamilton and Hamilton Black History Committee hosted an event to honour the start of Black History Month at Council Chambers on February 1st. The event featured performers, educators and youth speakers, as the city came together to celebrate the contribution and richness of our Black community. You may find more events on this occasion here
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