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Citizenship and Immigration cuts to racialized organizations are unconscionable

January 12, 2011

(Toronto, Ontario) NARCC condemns the cuts to community organizations by Citizenship and
Immigration Canada. The cuts to organizations that specifically serve racialized newcomers to
Canada in Toronto, Ontario are unwarranted.

Organizations such as the South Asian Women’s Centre, Eritrean Canadian Community Centre,
Ethiopian Association, Afghan Association of Ontario, Community Action Resource Centre,
Northwood Neighbourhood Services, Bloor Information and Life Skills Centre, Davenport-
Perth Neighbourhood Community Centre and many others are a welcome place, that quickly
help newcomers and immigrants settle and integrate in Canadian society. The cuts to these
organizations will adversely impact the integration of newcomers in Ontario, thus, leaving many
vulnerable newcomers to the detriment of not only the federal government but the provincial and
municipal governments of Ontario.

“Cutting $43 Million from Ontario, a province that predominantly has a high percentage of
newcomers to Canada is impetuous and is gravely concerning, particularly, where the cuts
impact organizations that serve newcomers who are women”, said Estella Muyinda, executive
director, National Anti-Racism Council of Canada (NARCC).

“We are aware that many newcomers may land in different provinces but end up in Ontario
eventually. We call on the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Mr. Jason
Kenney to reverse this decision”, said Audikesvan Dharmalingam, Chair, NARCC.

Organized in 2001, NARCC is an organization that represents racialized group members from
across Canada. NARCC is a network of national, local and community based groups with
a shared vision of racial equality and the elimination of racism and other forms of related

For more information contact:
Estella Muyinda
Executive Director
National Anti-Racism Council of Canada (NARCC)
Phone: 416-979-3909

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