Social Development

Newcomer Strategy

A selection of people of all agesToronto has a comprehensive set of resources in place to help newcomers settle and integrate. The Toronto Newcomer Strategy is designed to improve newcomer settlement through shared leadership, stronger collaboration and a more seamless and well-coordinated service system.

Download the Toronto Newcomer Strategy report (PDF).

HIghlights

Ontario Government Foreign Trained Immigrant Survey

Foreign Qualification Recognition in Ontario – 20 Minute Survey for Internationally Trained Immigrants

 Are you a newcomer to Ontario who has had your education, experience or qualifications assessed, or worked or sought work in Ontario? If so the Government of Ontario (Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration) would like to hear about your experiences as part of a review of Foreign Qualification Recognition in Ontario.

 The survey should take no more than 20 minutes to complete and all information provided by respondents will be aggregated with that of others and no response will be attributed to any individual.

 

City Services for Newcomers Brochures

Improving Access to Municipal Supports is one of the pillars of the Toronto Newcomer Strategy. The brochure outlines key City services available to all residents in Toronto and is available in Arabic, English, Farsi, French, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Tamil. It has been developed to improve newcomer access to City services and is the result of a collaborative effort between a number of City divisions and the Toronto Newcomer Office.

Newcomer Brochure in Arabic

Newcomer Brochure in English

Newcomer Brochure in Farsi

Newcomer Brochure in French

Newcomer Brochure in Simplified Chinese

Newcomer Brochure in Spanish

Newcomer Brochure in Tamil

The City of Toronto's Immigration Portal

The City of Toronto's Immigration Portal is designed to help all Toronto newcomers at every stage of the immigration process. Visitors are always linked to trusted, credible and official resources to get the most up to date and accurate information               .

Toronto Newcomer Initiative

TNI was a pilot initiative that explored ways for the City of Toronto to encourage the participation of newcomers in the life of the city and community. Practical learnings from pilot projects as well as advice and input from a broad range of stakeholders helped the City to develop the Toronto Newcomer Strategy.

Read more about the pilot projects and research findings by downloading the TNI Program Report.

Toronto Local Immigration Partnerships

Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs) are funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to help facilitate coordination between the non-profit agencies, government and the for-profit sector to better meet newcomer needs and support their settlement process and access to the labour market. A LIP is a partnership table that is focused on planning; it is composed of representatives from the non-profit (community-based) agencies, private (for-profit) organizations and public (government) institutions.

In other Ontario municipalities, there is only one Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) table. Given the size and complexity of Toronto, 17 neighbourhood-based LIPs were originally established and subsequently merged to create 4 Quadrant-based LIPs. For more information about each Quadrant LIP, visit their websites:

Toronto East LIP
Toronto North LIP
Toronto South LIP
Toronto West LIP

Resources

Wellbeing Toronto

Wellbeing Toronto is an interactive website that allows users to create maps, tables and graphs about Toronto's populations and services.

Check out Wellbeing Toronto for your own maps and graphs on newcomer  demographics.

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Reunification Adaptation Project (RAP)

Many families temporarily separate during the process of coming to Canada. The length of separation is often longer than anticipated and prolonged by immigration, employment and income issues.

The longer the separation, the harder it is to maintain strong family ties, roles and supports. Reunification can be joyful, but it can also be filled with tension, as family members adapt to each other anew and settle in a new country. Children and youth are particularly vulnerable, and may have difficulty re-establishing relationships with their parents.

In 2011, Toronto Public Health launched the Reunification Adaptation Program (RAP) with ten newcomer-serving agencies to provide peer support groups for adults and youth who were dealing with family separation and the challenge of reunification.More information and resources from RAP can be found

Read more about the findings from RAP at here.