Midhurst/ January 5, 2016 – The County of Simcoe recently launched a new pilot project called Library Link. The initiative establishes community libraries as welcoming hubs in Simcoe County to help immigrants feel at home, access materials in different languages, and find local community information and referral support.
"Municipalities have the same goal of attracting the newcomers they need to keep their local economies growing," said Michael Chan, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade. "Working together, they can inspire each other to find solutions and get a greater return on their investment."
The pilot project was launched with funding provided by the Government of Ontario. The project included the training of staff and addition of multilingual resources to better support immigrant residents in communities who may require community information and referral supports. The program also added new multilingual collections for adults and children available in multiple languages.
"We are grateful that the Government of Ontario has funded this tremendous initiative that will ultimately help newcomers further integrate into our communities," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "As a County, we are leading a number of creative and impactful programs that further open our region to immigration, skilled labour and ultimately support our economic, social and community growth."
Five public libraries participated in the pilot project:
- Barrie (Painswick branch)
- Bradford West Gwillimbury
- Wasaga Beach
Visit immigration.simcoe.ca for more information.
The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.
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