For Immediate Release
June 20th, 2017
Statement: Mayor Crombie Marks World Refugee Day
“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, we gather together to mark World Refugee Day.
“World Refugee Day is all the more important as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation and our country’s founding. These celebrations are an opportunity to remember the enduring nation-building contributions made by newcomers.
“Mississauga is proudly home to people from every corner of the globe and all points in between. We are blessed to be the destination of choice for so many families who choose Canada to build a better, more promising future for their children.
“Mississauga offers many great City programs, services and resources that are available, whether you have recently arrived or if you’ve already been settled here for a number of years.
- Programs for Newcomers: Mississauga Library provides important different services from Canadian citizenship practice tests to job search support.
- English Language Services: Improve your fluency, build your vocabulary and gain confidence in speaking English at multiple Mississauga Library locations; special language programs are also offered for adults and youth, respectively
- Newcomer eNewsletter: a great source of news and info, sent directly to your email box
- Library in Your Language: The Mississauga Library System offers materials in World Languages as they are reflected in the community. Be sure to get your Library Card!
“Interpretation of City of Mississauga information is available from a number of community agencies who can help newcomers better understand all the services provided. The agencies and their contact information are listed online. The Region of Peel provides essential services to Mississauga residents in the areas of affordable housing, children’s services, health, social services, water and waste.
“Mississauga residents who wish to offer their support for Syrian newcomers to Peel Region can volunteer or donate through the United Way Peel Region.
“If residents or community groups have ideas on ways to further reach newcomers and deliver new and innovative public service programs, I encourage them to contact my office, their councillor or consider making a presentation to the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (DIAC).
“I encourage all residents to visit Celebration Square throughout the summer months. Celebration Square, located in the heart of Mississauga, continues to be a popular destination for cultural festivals and to bring people together to celebrate the diversity that thrives throughout our neighbourhoods.”
“With growing uncertainty around the world and increased fears of discrimination, racism and persecution, I want to remind the public that Mississauga welcomes everyone – no matter a person’s culture or faith. Mississauga is home.”
Learn more about these City services and programs at: www.mississauga.ca/newcomers