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Forum on Housing Options for Newcomers and International Students

The University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Toronto, in partnership with the Philippine Consulate General in Toronto will hold a panel discussion entitled Forum on Housing Options for Newcomers and International Students, on Saturday, February 3, 2024, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the office of the Philippine Consulate General in Toronto (160 Eglinton Ave E., 7th floor).

With the influx of international students, refugees and temporary workers in the Greater Toronto Area, the demand for housing has surged in recent years. In 2023 alone, more than 32,000 Filipino international students arrived in Canada, 5,000 of whom are currently living in Toronto. Considering that ours is one of Canada’s most expensive cities, finding affordable and safe housing has become one of the biggest challenges faced by newcomers. Many times, they also become vulnerable to exploitation if they are unaware of their rights as tenants.

This free, in-person panel discussion will provide an opportunity for us to link our kababayans with resources that will help them navigate the rental market, make them aware of their rights and responsibilities as renters, connect them with services for newcomers, and inform them of the City’s plans and policies regarding affordable housing. Guest speakers include Mayor Olivia Chow, and representatives from Agincourt Community Services, York Region Legal Clinic, and the real estate sector. The project’s community partner, Catholic Community Services of York Region, will also be present at the forum.

Seats are limited and pre-registration is recommended. To sign up, scan the QR code on the flyer or visit https://www.upaatoronto.com/upcoming-events.

Contacts:

Nova Rellosa-De Leon, (416) 5687352, novardeleon@gmail.com

Agnes Lopez Manasan, (416) 5616317, agneslopezmanasan@gmail.com

About UPAAT

The University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Toronto (UPAAT) is a non-profit organization run by dedicated volunteers. Since its establishment in 1977, the Association has been serving the needs of its members through various social, cultural and educational activities.

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