Welcome to Ontario, the most multicultural province in Canada, where half of all new immigrants make their home. Ontario is a land of opportunity. It is a prosperous, democratic society built by the hard work of generations of immigrants.
Oxford’s multiculturalism stems from the older and newer generations of immigrants moving to Canada as well as the small number of Native Americans and Native American descendants. According to the results of the Statistics Canada census in 2016, 28.5% of Oxford County’s population is either a first or second generation immigrant. Our newcomers are largely from Europe, however a number come from the Americas and Asia as well. This percentage increases every year and every year our community becomes more multicultural.
The Oxford Local Immigration Partnership Council (OLIP) is committed to nurturing a welcoming, inclusive, safe community that embraces and truly values diversity. The organization has put together the Newcomer Mentorship Program, which connects recent immigrants to Oxford County with a local resident who can help with adjustments to their new life in Canada. This program is one of the many ways OLIP works to welcome newcomers into the community.