Tuesday, July 13, 2010

PPCII Website has been launched

The PPCII website has been launched: http://ppcii.ca. Please refer to the website for the latest updates on news, events and resources.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Job Posting: Cultural Activity Planner / Summer Student

The New Canadians Centre is pleased to announce that they are hiring a summer student for 10 weeks this summer. The student will help with many summer activities, particularly Multicultural Canada Day and ongoing workshops for youth and families with young children. Special this year: international students are eligible to apply. The deadline is noon on Wednesday, June 9.

For a detailed description of the job and instructions on how to apply, please see the job posting here.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Job Posting: Community Research and Outreach Intern

CRRC has identified the need for publicity and outreaching strategies
to make the Peterborough community better aware of our services in the
areas of education, consultation, and capacity building. The employee
will work to increase the profile of CRRC in the community,
spearheading initiatives such as the creation of an outreach toolkit,
which includes developing a membership database, pamphlets, posters,
merchandise, a newsletter, and a display. The employee will also
produce pamphlets or other promotional material to advertise CRRC’s
programming and services, such as the Anti-Racism Education Workshop
series for teachers in Peterborough. As well, the employee will liaise
with other social service groups in Peterborough (especially
Indigenous and ethnospecific groups) to develop and strengthen
organizational relationships and suggest possible joint initiatives
for the coming year. In addition, the employee will be responsible for
developing a public relations protocol, wherein best practices and
contact lists will be developed for the purpose of distributing
information and announcements to the broader Peterborough community.

In addition to these projects, the employee will complete general
office duties, including maintaining an office presence, liaising with
the board of directors, and carrying out activities related to CRRC’s
mandate of education, consultation, and capacity building as required.
The ideal candidate will possess a good understanding of race-related
issues; background in research and outreach; and strong networking and
team-work skills.

Contract details: 30 hrs/week for 7 weeks (start date Monday, June 7,
2010), $10.25/hr

Eligibility: Applicants must be students meeting the following criteria:
• Are between 15 and 30 years of age;
• Have been registered as a full-time student in the previous academic
year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next
academic year;
• Are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or have official refugee
protection status under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
• Are legally entitled to work in Canada, according to relevant
provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

Application deadline: FRIDAY MAY 28th at 5 PM. In cover letter please
describe all relevant experience and explain why you are interested
working with CRRC. Apply by email only: racerelation@gmail.com

Please send an email with an attached electronic cover letter and
resume with “Community Research and Outreach Intern, CRRC” in the
subject heading to:


Please do not send paper documents. No phone calls please.

CRRC welcomes the contributions that individuals from marginalized
communities bring to our organization, and invites aboriginal people,
people of colour, women, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, trans and
queer-oriented people, single parents, members of ethnic minorities,
immigrants and people with disabilities to apply.

CRRC thanks all applicants, but only those applicants selected for an
interview will be contacted, no later than 9pm on Friday, June 11,

Thursday, May 6, 2010

PPCII Job Posting: Research and Implementation Specialist

We seek a Research and Implementation Specialist for the Peterborough Partnership Council on Immigrant Integration to work with multiple stakeholders in forming and implementing a cross-sector strategic plan for immigrant integration in Peterborough and surrounding area. Full details regarding the position and application process can be found here.

Applications must be delivered by hand or post, and received by May 14, 2010. Questions can be directed to Hajni Hős at hajni@nccpeterborough.ca, 743-0882 ext 230

Friday, April 23, 2010

Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership Report

Windsor City Council has approved the attached report, created by the Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership Council.

Integration Strategy
- executive summary
- full report

As noted in our report to Council, CIC has provided additional funding to facilitate further meetings of our Partnership Council to refine the strategic recommendations in preparation for phase two of the LIP initiative.

Mary Ellen Bernard
Project Manager, Local Immigration Partnership
City of Windsor
519 255 5200 Ext 5270

Friday, April 16, 2010

Peel Region Immigration Discussion Papers

With funding support from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Region of Peel in 2008 commissioned a series of discussion papers on key issues related to immigration.  The completion of these papers was one of several key deliverables under the Region’s Immigration project.  The others include the Peel Immigration Labour Market Survey and the development of ImmigrationPeel.ca, Peel’s immigration web portal.

The overarching purpose of the immigration project is to ensure that that Peel will be a welcoming community for current and future generations of newcomers so that they are able to live, work and feel part of an inclusive and prosperous community.  Specifically, the Immigration project aims at creating a process to ensure the needs of newcomers are addressed in decisions about service delivery, advocacy and partnerships in Peel, including newcomers’ employment needs and the need of the local economy.

The titles of the papers along with a very brief description follow:

* Social Cohesion, Social Exclusion, Social Capital - addresses the dynamics of social interaction among people of different ethnic or racial groups, socioeconomic status and influence, and suggests strategies for effective inclusion.

* Meeting the Needs of Immigrants Throughout the Life Cycle - addresses the needs of immigrants and their families at different stages of their lives, and includes implications for child care and long-term care services.

* From Generation to Generation: Utilizing the Human Capital of Newcomer Parents to Benefit Families - looks at how we can build on the education and skills of parents to better ensure the successful integration of immigrant children and youth.

* Neighbourhood Patterns and Housing Choices of Immigrants - addresses the housing needs of immigrants, the factors that determine where they live and how ethnic enclaves affect, and are affected by, the fabric of neighbourhoods.

* Meeting the Human Service Needs of Immigrants - draws on the main findings of all the other papers to consider their implications for human service delivery in Peel. The paper looks at how existing services can be improved to better meet the needs of immigrants and puts forward specific recommendations that the Region may want to implement.

Each of these papers helps us to better understand the immigrant experience and offers a number of recommendations for how the Region of Peel, other sectors of society (public, private and non-profit) and individuals can help immigrants be successful in their new home and become fully integrated members of society. These recommendations have implications for all Regional services, the Region’s diversity strategy and all public services in Peel.

The immigration papers were presented to Region of Peel Council late last year and are now available on the Region’s website: http://www.peelregion.ca/social-services/discussion-papers.htm

Launch of Welcoming Communities Initiative Website

Dear Colleagues

We are writing to announce the birth of the Welcoming Communities Initiative website at welcomingcommunities.ca and lescommunautesaccueillantes.ca. Our aim is to serve the growing community of researchers, local stakeholders and policymakers who are working to promote diversity and civic potential in second and third tier communities in Ontario and across the country.

As you will see, our site is in its infancy though we hope to mature quickly. At the top of our list of 'improvements' will be to introduce a French language version of the site as quickly as possible and to make good on a commitment to translate all important communiqués and information.

We would welcome your feedback on what works on our site and what doesn't along with any suggestions you may have regarding content, additional features that would add value, things to fix, and links you would find useful. Please use the 'contact us' button on the website to do this.

Best wishes, Vicki and Carl on behalf of Governing Council

Thursday, March 18, 2010

TIEDI report: Class enrollment and labour outcomes of immigrants

Toronto Immigrant Employment Data Initiative (TIEDI) has published its latest report on whether enrolling in classes in Canada affects the labour outcomes of immigrants.

The report is available at: http://www.yorku.ca/tiedi/pubreports.html.

Findings from the report include:

Immigrants who have enrolled in at least one university course in Canada take longer to find employment, but are more likely to have higher hourly wages and to work in their field of study than other immigrants.

Immigrants who have completed courses in Canada are less likely, on average, to hold full-time employment than immigrant men who did not return to school, but more likely than immigrant women who did not return to school.

Immigrants who enrolled in classes leading to higher degrees were likely to have taken more time to find their first job following immigration.

Immigrants who had completed classes leading to a high school diploma or had enrolled in other training not leading to a diploma had significantly higher average income per household member than immigrants who
had enrolled in trades or university education or immigrants who had not attended school after immigration.

Immigrant women who did not return to school have less favourable labour market outcomes than immigrant men who did not return to school, or immigrants who enrolled in courses.

Further reports are forthcoming on, among others: the labour outcomes of immigrants by educational attainment and the experiences of immigrants with accreditation.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Peterborough elementary school student populations

We have received some data regarding the profile of elementary school student populations in Peterborough.

The data include:
Percentage of students who live in lower-income households
Percentage of students whose parents have some university education
Percentage of students who receive special education services
Percentage of students identified as gifted
Percentage of students whose first language is not English
Percentage of students who are new to Canada from non-English speaking country
Percentage of students whose first language is not French
Percentage of students who are new to Canada from non-French
speaking country

The full data set is available here

Friday, March 12, 2010

March 25: Dance Around Africa


Dust off your dancing shoes because it’s time to dance, this time with live marimba music!

We have invited “The Resolutionaries”, a group of local Peterborough musicians led by Chaka Chikodzi. The marimba is a traditional Zimbabwean instrument that combines sweet melodies with African rhythms.

Date: Thursday March 25, 2010
Time: 7-9:30 pm
Location: Ballroom, Holiday Inn Peterborough
Admission is by donation.