Promising Practice May 2022
The Shoe Project
Read about how shoes are used as a metaphor for the migration journey and life-transformation of newcomer women in Canada.
Promising Practice April 2022
Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership
Learn how a Local Immigration Partnership and community stakeholders engage in an annual public education campaign to promote positive relationships among local residents and newcomers with the aim of reducing racism and discrimination.
Promising Practice February 2022
Immigrant Women’s Peer Support Program, Immigrant Services Society of BC
Learn about a program in British Columbia where immigrant and refugee women both lead and participate in peer support groups, using a two-pronged approach to decrease social isolation.
Promising Practice January 2022
Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigrant Health Care
Learn about the first interdisciplinary volunteer medical clinic in Canada dedicated to refugees and immigrants who find themselves sick and medically uninsured or precariously insured.
Promising Practice December 2021
Skills for Change – Mental Health and Wellness Department
Learn about the Mental Health and Wellness Department at Skills for Change that aims to support and empower newcomers who may need to reduce and manage their stress, learn healthy coping skills, and holistically improve their mental and emotional well-being.
Promising Practice November 2021
COSTI’s Newcomer Wellness Program
Learn how a community of stakeholders integrated traditional and alternative methods of healing in a wraparound service model to support the settlement and mental health needs of Yazidi refugees.
Promising Practice October 2021
Archway Community Services
Learn about Archway Community Services – an organization that provides wrap-around services help improve mental health.
Promising Practice September 2021
Learn about the Willow Place – a Manitoba-based organization that provides inclusive, no-cost family violence prevention services to women, including immigrants and refugees, who are victims of domestic violence.
Promising Practice August 2021
Achēv – TRIEC Mentoring Partnership
Read about Achēv and the TRIEC Mentoring Partnership that aims to support newcomers on their employment journey in Canada to achieve their goals and to improve their overall wellbeing as new members of Canadian society.
Promising Practice July 2021
National Newcomer Navigation Network
Read about an intersectoral, dynamic national platform designed for the health, settlement, social and educational sectors serving newcomers to connect, learn and collaborate around system navigation.
Promising Practice May 2021
Landing and Settling Program at Global Gathering Place
Read about a program that recognizes the barriers that may exist for immigrants and refugees in seeking, accessing or receiving mental health supports. As an alternative, through Landing and Settling’s weekly group sessions, clients benefit from social interaction and are guided to build on their inherent resilience while supporting one another in their journeys.
Promising Practice April 2021
Women Exchanging Life Lessons (WELL) at Global Gathering Place
Through WELL, participants gain a heightened awareness of their health, and start building a referral network of information and resources. Read more to learn how this program works to equip newcomers with practical ways to address challenges early, through building health literacy and strengthening health supports for their own health and the health of their family members.
Promising Practice March 2021
BrightStart! supports mental health and wellbeing for mothers and preschool-aged children
Learn about the BrightStart! program at The Global Gathering Place that uses structured play, crafts, songs and presentations to interrupt isolation and feelings of being overwhelmed for vulnerable immigrant and refugee mothers and children.
Promising Practice February 2021
OCASI – The Accessibility Initiative
Learn about The Accessibility Initiative - a national bilingual project that aims to enhance the knowledge and skills of settlement sector professionals so that they are better equipped to serve newcomers with in/visible disabilities and Deaf newcomers.
Promising Practice January 2021
National GAR Case Management – Client Support Services
Learn about a national program providing specialized settlement services to meet the complex needs of Government Assisted Refugees in their first 12-24 months of resettlement in Canada.
Promising Practice December 2020
Business Edge Program – Intercultural Skills Lab
Learn about a program that helps internationally educated individuals gain skills for obtaining and retaining careers in Canada, and for establishing meaningful connections to help alleviate feelings of isolation.
Promising Practice November 2020
Mennonite New Life Centre
Learn about the various innovative, holistic mental health programs at the Mennonite New Life Centre, and how this organization was able to shift to online service delivery due to COVID-19.
Promising Practice October 2020
Newcomers’ Health and Well-Being program
Learn how Cedar Centre partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association of York Region/South Simcoe and the Welcome Centres of York Region, to implement a program that integrated a trauma-informed component to address the physical and mental health needs of immigrants and refugees.
Promising Practice September 2020
Living Well in Times of Self-Isolation online program
Learn how the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia has developed an online program to support immigrants and refugees during the COVID-19 pandemic and practical tools to manage stress and worry.
Multicultural women's peer mentoring group
Promising Practice August 2020
Multicultural Women’s Peer Mentoring Group
Learn about a community connection program at the South Vancouver Neighbourhood House that seeks to alleviate social isolation for immigrant and refugee women.
Promising Practice July 2020
Traditional Embroidery as a Settlement Mental Health Modality with Arabic Speaking Refugee Women
Learn how Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services incorporates Expressive Arts, through the medium of traditional embroidery, into settlement programs to support the mental health of Arabic women and other refugee groups.
Promising Practice June 2020
Newcomer Initiative for Arabic-Speaking Youth
Learn how Kids Help Phone launched a pilot service to provide telephone counselling in Arabic to newcomer youth.
Promising Practice March 2020
Black Coalition for AIDS prevention
Learn how a coalition was built to provide ethno-specific and culturally competent services to African, Caribbean and Black communities living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, including immigrants and refugees.
Promising Practice Febraury 2020
Learn how an organization in Edmonton developed a program to support the mental health of newcomers who have received a positive HIV result.
Promising Practice January 2020
Trauma Centered Trauma-Sensitive Yoga
Learn how trauma-sensitive yoga practice can be used as an adjunctive treatment for complex trauma and PTSD. Leila, a certified facilitator, shares evidence supporting this practice and speaks about her experience in using yoga with trauma survivors.
Promising Practice December 2019
English Online Inc.
Learn how an organization in Manitoba is leveraging technology to break down isolation and provide settlement services to newcomers.
Promising Practice November 2019
Women Sharing Heritage Program, Association for New Canadians
A Newfoundland organization is supporting young newcomer women who may have experienced sexual and gender-based violence by breaking the confines of traditional settlement and health settings.
Promising Practice October 2019
Foothills Community Immigrant Services, Calgary Catholic Immigration Society
This Calgary Settlement Worker in Schools (SWIS) is tackling newcomer children's feeling of social isolation and everyone in the community has a role to play.