One of the most multicultural cities globally, Toronto adds tens of thousands of newcomers from all parts of the world to its population every year. To celebrate and support them, the city hosts Toronto Newcomer Day – an annual fair that welcomes immigrants, old and new, with a host of activities, food kiosks, a marketplace, and information booths offering settlement and bridging programs for employment etc.
Here’s a look at its fifth edition, held at Nathan Phillips Square in 2019. The event was graced by Toronto Mayor John Tory’s presence. Mayor Tory applauded the newcomers’ spirit to embrace change and highlighted the assistance that Canada offers for them to settle in and integrate into society. A number of immigrant-serving organizations and government agencies took part in the Newcomer Day. For instance, Access Community Capital Fund, which helps newcomers with their professional development, business plans and financing needs. The celebration also included a group art exhibition titled Geographies of Belonging, which showcased the work of 15 newcomer professional visual artists – their interpretation of a sense of belonging in a city different from their hometown or place of birth.