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.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Projections of the diversity of the Canadian population

All growth scenarios considered, the diversity of Canada's population will continue to increase significantly during the next two decades, especially within certain census metropolitan areas, according to new projections of the country's ethnocultural makeup.

By 2031, between 25% and 28% of the population could be foreign-born. This would surpass the proportion of 22% observed between 1911 and 1931, the highest during the twentieth century. About 55% of this population would be born in Asia.

Between 29% and 32% of the population could belong to a visible minority group, as defined in the Employment Equity Act. This would be nearly double the proportion reported by the 2006 Census. The visible minority population is likely to increase rapidly among the Canadian-born, many of whom are children and grandchildren of immigrants.

Full report available here

Friday, March 5, 2010

Presentation: Community Integration in Rural Ontario

At the March 11 meeting of the Peterborough Partnership Council on Immigrant Integration (PPCII), guest speaker, Magdy ElDakiky, Community Economic Development Specialist at OMAFRA, will deliver a presentation on the Community Immigrant Retention in Rural Ontario (CIRRO) project. The project was designed to respond to the rural communities’ growing need to deal with the issue of human capital decline. Magdy will present highlights of this provincial initiative involving 3 case-study communities (Brockville, North Bay and Chatham-Kent).

The subject of immigrant integration will be more comprehensively addressed at the upcoming PPCII conference “Together We Prosper – Practical Tools for Immigrant Integration”.

Date of presentation: Thursday March 11
Time: 1:00pm – 1:30pm
Location: Auditorium, Peterborough Public Library

Presentation materials (pdf format)
- Slides
- CIRRO Infosheet Jan 2009
- CIRRO Infosheet Jan 2010

Edited 12 March
- Peterborough Examiner news article
- Peterborough Examiner video

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Conference: "Together We Prosper: Practical Resources for Immigrant Integration"

The Peterborough Partnership Council on Immigrant Integration is organising a one-day conference to provide information to make our community and workplaces more welcoming to immigrants. The workshops will include information on the business case for immigration, how to develop a diversity policy for your organization, diversity training, an introduction to the services and supports for employers, and how to recruit and select foreign-trained professionals.

The conference will take place on Thursday March 25, from 8:30am to 4:30pm at the Holiday Inn. There will be an evening social event from 7-10pm, which is a dance with live Marimba music at the Holiday Inn. Registration for the conference is $25, and includes admission to the evening social event.

You are invited to participate in this conference.
a) The conference poster
b) The conference program
c) The registration form

The deadline to register for the conference is Friday March 19. Your registration is complete only once you receive email confirmation. Space is limited and a waiting list will be kept.

Please forward this information widely.

Funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, with the support of the Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP), New Canadians Centre Peterborough, Workforce Development Board and member organisations of the PPCII.

Monday, March 1, 2010

NCC Job Posting: Partnership Resource Coordinator

The Partnership Resource Coordinator will be responsible for building partnerships between the New Canadians Centre Peterborough and regional educational institutions. The Coordinator will develop collaborative programs that facilitate settlement services for new Canadian children, youth and their families by providing supports, resources, and programming through the schools.

Applications will ONLY be accepted in hard copy AND IF received by 2pm on March 15, 2010.

Full details available here

Friday, February 26, 2010

Consultation: Peterborough Housing Strategy

As required by the Places To Grow Act, the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and municipal Official Plans, the City and County must develop a Housing Strategy to meet the needs of all residents, with a particular emphasis on affordable housing. As Service Manager for Housing, the City is leading development of this Strategy for both City and County.

Our community, like others, is experiencing the effects of climate change, urban sprawl, traffic congestion, and environmental degradation. The Province and the Municipalities are developing strategies for dealing with these challenges. Housing is fundamental to a healthy community; the Housing Strategy will address the need for greater urban density and intensification, as well as the needs of housing households of low and moderate incomes, seniors and persons with special needs across the continuum of housing from homelessness/housing insecurity to home ownership.

A community Steering Committee has been formed to advise on the process of research, consultation and drafting the final document that will go before Councils for approval - likely before summer.

In addition to the contribution of Steering Committee members, a number of consultations in the community have been held or are to come. These include meetings with the Supply Sub-Committee of AHAC, the Peterborough Social Planning Council, social housing provider representatives, the Homelessness Agencies Co-ordinating Committee, Social Services Division staff, Planning Department staff, Our Space users, County Planning staff, the Township Clerks/Treasurers and Chief Building Officials, PACAC, the Council for Persons with Disabilities, and the Landlords Association.

Some questions to consider from local research:
• What support systems for newcomers (i.e.: immigrant services, ESL programs) are required to ensure a quality of life for new immigrants in the community?
• Is Peterborough today prepared/willing for any significant influx of immigrants/cultural diversity? What planning is necessary to facilitate a changing demographic/community composition?

A consultation for the general public will be held on Thursday, 11 March 2010, 6 - 8:30 p.m. at the Public Library (lower level). Your presence would be most welcome.

Cheryl Lyon
Programs Officer
Housing Division
City of Peterborough
(705) 742-7777 ext. 1501

The full InfoNotes document with additional consultation questions can be found here

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Webinar: Making the Grade - Integration Through Education in Toronto and Zurich

Webinar, March 2, 2010

Making the Grade: Integration Through Education in Toronto and Zurich
Free Webinar - Register online

Date and Time (By Timezone):

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
10:00 (EST, Toronto, New York)
15:00 (GMT, London)
16:00 (CET, Berlin, Zurich)

From Zurich and Toronto
Join Cities of Migration on March 2, 2010 for a 60-minute international conversation about integration strategies that generate equal opportunities in education and accelerate improved academic outcomes for immigrant and second-generation students.

Making the Grade: Integration Through Education in Toronto and Zurich

* Learn about The Toronto District School Board (TDSB), the 2008 winner of the international Carl Bertelsmann Prize, and their grade-A success in responding to the challenge of migration and demographic changes in the culturally-diverse city of Toronto, Canada. Moving beyond traditional instructional models of second-language learning, discover how a public school system can partner with settlement agencies, community organizations, and government partners to guarantee educational opportunity for every student in Toronto's diverse, inclusive city schools.

* From Zurich, learn how Quality in Multicultural Schools (QUIMS) tackled inequality of education at school with a flexible, multi-strand approach that included the student’s most important allies –her teachers and parents. Language support, parent councils, intercultural mediators, and systematic additional teacher training all combined to transform a pilot school program in the Canton of Zurich into core school legislation since 2008.

How to join: To participate, you need a computer with internet access and a landline telephone, not a mobile. Online and audio instructions will be emailed to confirmed participants.

To register, click here.

For assistance, contact: citiesofmigration@maytree.com

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Immigrant Health in Ontario

This profile highlights immigrant health using provincial level findings from Statistics Canada’s Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS). It compares self-perceived health, risk factors, use of services, and chronic conditions among immigrants and the Canadian-born population. The analysis is based on data from the combined 2005 and 2007/08 CCHS for the Ontario population age 12 and over (unless otherwise stated).

The total sample size for this combined data file is 81,286 respondents (16,443 of whom are immigrants). Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)level analysis, provided in an accompanying spreadsheet, allows LHINs to profile their individual immigrant populations.

Download this report here

Community Dialogue: Public Transit & Newcomers/Immigrants

Save the Date!

Community Dialogue: Public Transit & Newcomers/Immigrants
Saturday March 6, 2010
Peterborough Public Library, 345 Aylmer

All are welcome, food provided.

For more information, please contact Anu (anu@cassa.on.ca)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Baseline research reports

The PPCII conducted 2 research projects to examine the issue of immigrant integration in our community. The goal of these projects was to establish our baseline level of knowledge and to inform the next phase of the development of the integration strategy for our community.

The final reports for these projects has been produced:
A) Focus groups with key representatives of the housing and transportation, health and social services, employment and education sectors

b) Review of academic and grey literature regarding the issue of immigrant integration in small communities in Ontario

Friday, February 12, 2010

Request for proposals: Phase 2 Research

Phase Two Research

The Peterborough Partnership Council on Immigrant Integration (PPCII) is seeking Proposals from Researcher(s)/Planner(s) to; review data collected from Phase One participatory research; collaborate with the Integration Strategy Committee in identifying gaps and carrying out additional research; collaborate with the Integration Strategy Committee and stakeholders (Sector Working Groups) in validating results and writing recommendations and an action plan to improve immigrant integration in Peterborough and surrounding area.

Total budget for this assignment, including professional fees, must not exceed $23,500 including GST. Lowest-priced or any proposal not necessarily accepted.

Proposals should be brief, with an outline of the proposed methodology and approach to the assignment, as well as relevant experience, CV and references.

Full RFP is posted here.

For information about the PPCII, please visit the Partnership Council menu at the New Canadians Centre website: www.nccpeterborough.ca

Proposals should be delivered by courier or by hand no later than 4 pm, February 24th, 2010 to:

Hajni Hős
Peterborough Partnership Council on Immigrant Integration
205 Sherbrooke St Unit D, Peterborough, ON, K9J 2N2

Edited 22 Feb:

Is this Phase Two Research the last one?
Yes, at the end of Phase one we hope to have an integration strategy, so Phase 2 is the last one.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Video: Condemnation of attacks against Asian-Canadian anglers

February 10, 2010, Peterborough, ON - The Community and Race Relations Committee of Peterborough (CRRC) announces the launch of a Public Service Announcement (PSA) focused on the attacks against Asian-Canadian anglers in Ontario. Featuring Italo Labignan, well-known host of the Canadian Sportfishing Show, the PSA condemns the numerous attacks against Asian-Canadian anglers in communities surrounding Peterborough, and encourages the public to report any wrongdoing witnessed.

Launch & Press Conference:
When: Thursday February 11th, at 1pm.
Where: New Canadians Centre, 204 Sherbrooke Street, Peterborough, ON.

Identifying himself as both a sport fisher and an immigrant, Labignan was deeply disturbed by these attacks, stating “these attacks cannot be tolerated.” Created as part of CRRC’s ongoing work on the issue of racially-motivated attacks and graffiti, the Committee is pleased to have Labignan add his voice to those who strive for an Ontario that is safe for all to live, work or fish in.


View: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pla5tSTcgc0

“We began our work on the issue of the attacks against Asian-Canadian anglers in 2007, and are launching this PSA on the eve of the sentencing hearing for one of those cases – anticipating that the court will respond appropriately” said Mike Ma, coordinator of the CRRC. Trevor Middleton, 23, will be sentenced for aggravated assault and criminal negligence in a case that was racially motivated according to victims and community members, in Newmarket on February 12, 2010.

"While we remain extremely concerned about the Trevor Middleton case which is now being considered for sentencing, we believe that it is important to take a proactive stance before the next fishing season to prevent future crimes with professional fishermen like Italo Labignan," said Karen Sun, CCNCTO, "We are really pleased to have his support for this important message to the public."

For further information: Mike Ma, Community and Race Relations Committee of Peterborough, 705-742-9658, racerelation@gmail.com

Friday, January 22, 2010

PPCII March Conference

PPCII Website Tender result

We thank all bidders who submitted a tender for the design of the PPCII website. The bids were all assessed by the Resource Development and Marketing Committee and Emmatt Digital Solutions was the successful bidder.