Research Project- Positive Practices in Newcomer Employment Services

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Funded by Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Service Delivery Improvement Funds this research project delivered by Georgian College, Career and Employment Community Services will examine the positive practices serving newcomers in Employment Services across Ontario.

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Contact information:

Melissa Fletcher
Project Supervisor, Newcomer Employment Research Project
Career and Employment Community Services
705.728.1968, ext.4127
melissa.fletcher@georgiancollege.ca

What is the purpose of this project?

In Ontario, employment services are typically geared to the general population; discussions with service providers indicate that they often struggle when presented with the sometimes unique needs of population subsets, such as immigrants, particularly outside large urban centres.

This project will examine and identify positive practices in supporting immigrants through the Employment Ontario Employment Services (EOES) network. While the research will be centered in Barrie and Simcoe County, province-wide input will be sought to inform, test and distribute these findings.

The short-term objective is to create a model of service that can be used by EOES service providers across the province to support newcomer labour market entry or reentry. This model will support a mid-term objective of increasing the effectiveness of Employment Ontario services across the province, particularly in communities like Simcoe County that are seeing growing numbers of newcomers and do not yet have the specialized programming available in urban centres.

In the long term, immigrant employment rates will increase, leading to the greater integration of newcomers in the Canadian labour market.

At the end of this project, all EOES providers will be able to have access to pathway documents, having the same information and resources as the providers in big cities.

How can I help?

If you serve the newcomer population and are interested in participating in this project, please connect with us.

Focus group locations:

  • Markham
  • Oakville
  • Perth
  • Waterloo

Conferences:

To be determined. Our findings will be presented later in 2020 or beginning of 2021.

Webinars:

To be developed