The County of Wellington is trying to find inclusive ways to make newcomers and immigrants feel welcomed and supported while living and working in the county.
Many immigrants and newcomers face barriers that limit them from interacting with other communities, which ultimately, make them feel like outsiders.
“I came straight from China to Fergus in 1994, and I have never had any problems with any of the residents here — everyone is very friendly and kind,” said Zhuohui Tan, a local Fergus resident and the owner of Black and White Chinese restaurant in Fergus.
“However, I have an accent and I can’t speak English very well. This makes it difficult for me to communicate with them, and because of this, sometimes, there are misunderstandings.