Toronto 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).
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.
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 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:
Wellbeing Toronto is an interactive website that allows users to create maps, tables and graphs about Toronto's populations and services.
Check out Wellgeing Toronto for your own maps and graphs on newcomer demographics.
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.
The Global City: Newcomer Health in Toronto
Toronto Public Health and Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services released The Global City report in 2011. It is the first comprehensive report on the health of newcomers in Toronto.
Download: The Global City: Newcomer Health Report in Toronto
For more information about Newcomer Health Research, please see project page.
The Toronto Newcomer Strategy has been generously funded by: