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(NO) Access TO: A Pilot Study on Sanctuary City Policy in Toronto, CanadaA Ryerson working paper outlining the results of a pilot study that explored whether Access TO is working. The paper includes legal, policy and qualitative research and includes recommendations to improve services. DocumentRyerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement2017
2016 Census: Housing, Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity, Aboriginal peoples BackgrounderKey points, glossary, charts and maps on the 2016 Census.DocumentCity of Toronto2017
2017 Refugee Claim Data and IRB Member Recognition RatesData obtained from the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) through an Access to Information Request reveals vast disparities in refugee claim recognition rates across decision-makers in 2017. This is consistent with similar findings from prior years for Canada’s previous and new refugee determination systems. Data complied by Sean Rehaag, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School.DocumentSean Rehaag, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School2018
A Better Way Forward - Full reportA Better Way Forward: Ontario’s 3-Year Anti-Racism Strategic Plan is the province’s commitment to change the way we do things and break down barriers to advance racial equity.DocumentGovernment of Ontario2017
A Better Way Forward - Summary DocumentA Better Way Forward: Ontario’s 3-Year Anti-Racism Strategic Plan is the province’s commitment to change the way we do things and break down barriers to advance racial equity. DocumentGovernment of Ontario2017
A Bold Voice: Ontario Human Rights Commission Annual Report 2016-2017Our new strategic plan positions the OHRC as a bold voice on critical and emerging human rights issues, and as an institution that will use its functions and powers to make sure that people and their human rights are at the very centre of the decisions we make as a society. This year’s annual report reflects the OHRC’s work related to our new strategic plan – and the results we are already seeing. DocumentOntario Human Rights Commission2017
A Handbook for Governing Hyper-Diverse CitiesBased on DIVERCITIES research in 14 countries, our team of 60+ international researchers interviewed over 140 interesting local initiatives for this handbook. Our aim is to provide insight for policy makers on how to improve social cohesion, social mobility and economic performance in cities and to give policy makers ideas on how to unlock the positive aspects of urban diversity.DocumentDIVERCITIES2017
A Philosophical Dialogue On Diversity and InnovationIn this edited video of the session, Bart Somers, Mayor of Mechelen, gives some background to the racial and cultural mix of his city of Mechelen in Belgium, and explains with his infectious enthusiasm his views on managing cultural diversity to create an inclusive and tolerant society in which everyone, regardless of their cultural background, has a place and feels like a member of a modern multicultural city.DocumentHofstede Insights2017
A Place to Call Home: Report of the Expert Advisory Panel on HomelessnessA report to the Government of Ontario with recommendations to end homelessness within the next 10 years.DocumentGovernment of Ontario - Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing2015
Academic Solutions for the Syria Crisis: International Journal of Research from the FrontlinesThis editions includes practical solutions for those who need education solutions the most. The volume is divided into 3 parts. Firstly an interview with an expert on refugee education. Secondly, articles and opinions that deal with more specific problems relating to the crisis and that provide inspiration on how science and scientists can offer solutions for helping refugees and rebuilding a post-conflict society and thirdly, a show-case of concrete projects. DocumentNew Research Voices2017
Action Plan: The Way Forward Modernizing Community Safety in TorontoThis final report, action plan, is a comprehensive review of policing in Toronto. Developed by the Transformational Task Force, a partnership of external volunteers and members of the Service, the report makes recommendations for massive changes that will result in a more efficient and effective Toronto Police Service that aligns to the current and future needs of the city.DocumentToronto Police Service2017
Agency of the Future - Blueprint for DiscussionThis paper is a concept paper that was developed for a meeting held on June 21, 2013. The aim of that meeting was to test an initial set of concepts with individuals from three sectors: settlement, CIC and research partnerships.DocumentPathways to Prosperity2013
Anti-Racism - What Works? An evaluation of the effectiveness of anti-racism strategies.This report provides a review of the literature on anti-racism strategies, and incorporates evidence from various key researchers and policy workers from around Australia.DocumentCentre for Social Change and Social Equity, Murdoch University2003
Ballots and Belonging: New Citizens on Political ParticipationBallots & Belonging - New Citizens on Political Participation is a kind of Democracy 101 about new Canadian citizens. This latest ICC Insights study asks the basic questions. How and why do new citizens participate in the political process, and what does their level of engagement mean? How, too, can we make the process better - for them, and for all of us?DocumentInstitute for Canadian Citizenship2015
Barriers to Belonging: Paving a Smoother Path to Immigrant InclusionDrawing on the knowledge of experts from front-line service organizations, governments, and academic institutions, this report recommends a number of policies to improve the successful inclusion of recent immigrants in Canadian communities. The report offers general recommendations on citizenship and selection policy, as well as specific recommendations in three areas where change would have a big impact: designing smarter services; building bridges to employment; and strengthening political engagement.DocumentAction Canada2016
Basic Voter's GuideAn easy to use guide for voters for the Canadian Federal ElectionsDocumentAccess Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services2015
Beyond Synergy: Charities Building the Future Canadians WantThis paper argues that an effective approach to equitable, inclusive, and environmentally responsible economic growth and an effective approach to the social deficit are overlapping policy issues. The missions of charities can boost efforts to achieve the broad objectives of Canadians and their governments. In turn, economic growth that is equitable, inclusive, and environmentally responsible can assist the charitable sector in managing the emerging social deficit. DocumentImagine Canada2018
Canada Refugee Resettlement FactsAn infographic depicting how the refugee resettlement system works in Canada.DocumentUNHCR2018
Canada Votes: 2015 Federal Election Bulletin: Affordable HousingA factsheet developed for voters on the 2015 Canadian Federal ElectionDocumentNetwork of Social Planning Councils2015
Canada Votes: 2015 Federal Election Bulletin: Child CareA factsheet developed for voters on the 2015 Canadian Federal ElectionDocumentNetwork of Social Planning Councils2015
Canada Votes: 2015 Federal Election Bulletin: Climate ChangeA factsheet developed for voters on the 2015 Canadian Federal ElectionDocumentNetwork of Social Planning Councils2015
Canada Votes: 2015 Federal Election Bulletin: Community InfrastructureA factsheet developed for voters on the 2015 Canadian Federal ElectionDocumentNetwork of Social Planning Councils2015
Canada Votes: 2015 Federal Election Bulletin: Employment InsuranceA factsheet developed for voters on the 2015 Canadian Federal ElectionDocumentNetwork of Social Planning Councils2015
Canada Votes: 2015 Federal Election Bulletin: Health CareA factsheet developed for voters on the 2015 Canadian Federal ElectionDocumentNetwork of Social Planning Councils2015
Canada Votes: 2015 Federal Election Bulletin: Immigrant Population: Express EntryA factsheet developed for voters on the 2015 Canadian Federal ElectionDocumentNetwork of Social Planning Councils2015
Canada Votes: 2015 Federal Election Bulletin: Jobs and EconomyA factsheet developed for voters on the 2015 Canadian Federal ElectionDocumentNetwork of Social Planning Councils2015
Canada Votes: 2015 Federal Election Bulletin: Long Form CensusA factsheet developed for voters on the 2015 Canadian Federal ElectionDocumentNetwork of Social Planning Councils2015
Canada Votes: 2015 Federal Election Bulletin: Poverty ReductionA factsheet developed for voters on the 2015 Canadian Federal ElectionDocumentNetwork of Social Planning Councils2015
Canada Votes: 2015 Federal Election Bulletin: Public TransitA factsheet developed for voters on the 2015 Canadian Federal ElectionDocumentNetwork of Social Planning Councils2015
Canada Votes: 2015 Federal Election Bulletin: Responsible TaxationA factsheet developed for voters on the 2015 Canadian Federal ElectionDocumentNetwork of Social Planning Councils2015
Canada Votes: 2015 Federal Election Bulletin: Seniors and Income SecurityA factsheet developed for voters on the 2015 Canadian Federal ElectionDocumentNetwork of Social Planning Councils2015
Canada: Good Ideas from Successful CitiesPart of a series on municipal leadership in immigrant integration, this report is a snapshot of municipal leadership and excellence in Canada; each of the 12 city profiles includes a selection of international comparators.DocumentCities of Migration - Maytree Foundation2013
Canada's Refugee Strategy: How It Can Be ImprovedA joint Policy Paper from The School of Public Policy and the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. The paper provides an overview of how Canadian refugee policy has evolved since the end of the Second World War and describes the current state of affairs in refugee policy, including the good and the bad.  The paper will then conclude with a number of recommendations for the improvement of Canada's refugee policy.DocumentThe School of Public Policy and the Canadian Global Affairs Institute2018
Changes in Immigration PolicyA PowerPoint presentation from the TSLIP Workshop Session and Council Meeting that outlines some of the recent changes in Immigration PolicyDocumentToronto South LIP2014
Cities Free of Rumours: How to build an anti-rumour strategy in my city.This guide is the story of, and transmits the lessons learned by the C4i (Communication for Integration) project to a broad audience of policy makers. A story of how rumours have become a pretext for citizens to meet and interact, thus opening a new chapter in the development of truly inclusive societies. DocumentThe Council of Europe and the European Union2015
Common Room Insurance Application: Single Event, Individual and Group Users Liability ApplicationAn application for insurance coverage for the use of TCHC common spaceDocumentToronto Community Housing Corporation 
Common Room Rental Application and Fee GuidelinesA document that outlines TCHC rental and fee guidelines for the use of their common roomsDocumentToronto Community Housing Corporation 
Common Room User Insurance RequirementsA document that outlines the insurance TCHC requires for groups using their common roomsDocumentToronto Community Housing Corporation 
Community Supporter Toolkit for the 2016 CensusA toolkit filled with products and resources designed to help organizations spread the word about the benefits and positive impact of the census in your community.DocumentStatistics Canada2016
Considering Canada: A Look at the Views of Prospective Skilled ImmigrantsThis report highlights how patterns of immigration are changing and will continue to change with new immigration priorities an systems in place. Information gathered through WES' survey research with prospective immigrants provides stakeholders with timely and detailed data an information on skilled immigrants in the context of Canada's changing economic immigration system. This type of information is critical to refining services, resources and programs to better connect with immigrants both overseas and in Canada.DocumentWorld Education Services2015
Contesting the Designation of the US as a Safe Third CountryFollowing the election of Donald Trump as president of the US, additional problems have emerged signaling a new urgency to cease Canada’s policy of returning certain refugee claimants to US authorities. Amnesty International Canada and the Canadian Council for Refugees urge the Government of Canada to immediately suspend the STCA and to consider rescinding the agreement altogether.DocumentCanadian Council for Refugees and Amnesty International2017
Creating a Culture of InclusionRecognizing the benefits of diversity and inclusion, many employers and organizations have taken significant steps to build inclusive strategies and policies in their workplaces. However, the best-intended strategies and policies do not always result in meaningful inclusion within the workplace because the culture of the organization is not in alignment with the policies.DocumentHire Immigrants - Ottawa2018
Dealing with Urban Diversity - The Case of TorontoOne of 14 books that focus on Diversity in major urban cities around the world. The book addresses the overall question posted by the DIVERCITIES research project: Under which conditions can urban hyper-diversity positively affect social cohesion, economic performance and social mobility of individuals and groups suffering from socio-economic deprivation?DocumentDIVERCITIES2017
Delineating Ethnoburbs in Metropolitan TorontoThis study attempts to develop the concept of ethnoburb(ethnic suburb) further into an operational model by overcoming the limitations, so that it can be applied to different metropolitan cities for comparison as well as for examination of temporal changes. This paper proposes not only a methodology and experiments with it to delineate ethnoburbs using the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) as a laboratory, but also interprets the ethnoburbs to highlight their social and economic characteristics and illustrates that in importance, ethnoburbs are incubators for societal changes.DocumentCERIS Working Paper No. 1002013
Developing Cultural Dexterity in Your OrganizationsA series of videos featuring Dr. Lionel Laroche, a specialist in cross-cultural communication.DocumentMulticultural Business Solutions2017
Dialogue with Funders: Deconstructing the Challenges of Grant Writing Workshop: Grant and Funding Opportunities Inventory (Pg 1 & 2)A resource list of grant and funding opportunities.Document 2015
Dialogue with Funders: Deconstructing the Challenges of Grant Writing Workshop: Grant and Funding Opportunities Inventory (Pg 3)A resource list of grant and funding opportunities.Document 2015
Dialogue with Funders: Deconstructing the Challenges of Grant Writing Workshop: Introduction to EvaluationA PowerPoint presentation on the Basics of EvaluationDocumentToronto Public Health2015
Dialogue with Funders: Deconstructing the Challenges of Grant Writing Workshop: Needs Assessment Rationale and Being StrategicA PowerPoint presentation on Needs Assessment, Rationale and Being Strategic when developing funding proposalsDocumentOntario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade2015
Dialogue with Funders: Deconstructing the Challenges of Grant Writing Workshop: The Six Essential Questions to Answer: A checklistA checklist of questions to ask yourself when writing a funding proposalDocumentOntario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade2015
DIVERCITIES governing urban diversityInformation sheet on the stakeholder workshop on governing urban diversity. Notes from 3 workshop sessions: 1. Approaches of diversity amongst policy-makers and civil society actors, 2. Social cohesion, neighbourhood attachment and everyday life in diverse neighbourhoods, and 3. The role of diversity in promoting social mobility, economic performance and entrepreneurshipDocumentEuropean Union2016
Diversity and ImmigrationA video of Keynote speaker, Umit Kiziltan, Associate ADM, Strategic and Program Policy, IRCC speaking at the Divercities: Governing Urban Diversity Conference in Rotterdam. The presentation addresses Diversity and Immigration: Projections, public anxiety and choosing inclusion and hope over fear.DocumentDIVERCITIES Conference2017
Diversity Dividend: Canada's Global AdvantageAs a growing number of countries turn inward and shut their doors to immigration and free trade, Canada stands poised to reap the benefits of its successful immigration policies and its diversity. Canada’s diversity ought to be its global advantage and this report shows how to realize this potential and why it is imperative to do so.DocumentCentre for International Governance Innovation2017
Does Diversity Drive Prosperity?A video recording of the 2016 GDX Annual Lecture by Dr. Khalid Koser, Executive Director of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund in Geneva, Switzerland. DocumentCities of Migration2016
Evaluation of CIC's Visitor Visa ProgramA report that presents the findings of the evaluation of CIC's Visitor Visa Program in relation to: Continued Program relevance, Program performance and Resource utilization and alternatives. April 2011- January 2012DocumentCitizenship Immigration Canada - Evaluation Division2012
Everyday Acts of InclusionDiversity drives organizational success. However, success is only achieved when everyone feels included and can contribute to their full potential. At the 2018 Employer Summit, we asked over 100 employers and skilled immigrants to personally reflect on a time they felt included in the workplace. Almost all the examples of inclusion involved just one person within a workplace making a small effort.DocumentHire Immigrants - Ottawa2018
Evidence for a healthy city - Informing healthy municipal policyA resource designed to share evidence with relevance to policy and programs intended to improve health and wellbeing in Toronto. This is a survey of recent research from CRICH with direct application to municipal policy and related ideas and resources.DocumentCentre for Research on Inner City Health - St. Michael's Hospital2014
Expanding Our Routes to SuccessThe Final report by Ontario's Expert Roundtable on ImmigrationDocumentCivicAction2012
Fair Exchange: Public funding for social impact through the non-profit sectorThis paper begins with a short story of public funding reform in Canada. This is followed by an overview of how the non-profit sector is changing and its growing importance in achieving outcomes of mutual interest with governments and sets up the case for why funding practice reform is imperative.DocumentMetcalf Foundation2013
Financial Literacy for Newcomers to Canada forumA PowerPoint presentation on the importance of financial literacy for newcomersDocumentCanadian Centre for Financial Literacy, SEDI 
First Peoples: A Guide for NewcomersPublished by the City of Vancouver, this guide aims to fill the need for clear information in simple language about the First Peoples in Vancouver. It introduces newcomers to three important topics: who are Aboriginal people (or First Peoples) in Vancouver and Canada; a brief overview of the relationship between the Government of Canada and First Peoples; and current initiatives and ways for newcomers to learn more about Aboriginal people in the community.DocumentThe City of Vancouver2014
Get Emergency Ready: Your Personal Preparedness GuideA resource guide to help you be prepared for an emergency including how to develop an emergency plan, checklists and tips and emergency contact numbers.DocumentCity of Toronto - Emergency Management Program 
Global migration's impact and opportunityMigration has become a flashpoint for debate in many countries. But McKinsey Global Institute research finds that it generates significant economic benefits—and more effective integration of immigrants could increase those benefits.DocumentMcKinsey Global Institute2016
Global Refugee NumbersAn infographic on the gloabal refugee crisisDocumentUNHCR2017
Global Report on Internal DisplacementThe Global Report on Internal Displacement presents the latest information on internal displacement worldwide caused by conflict, violence and disasters.DocumentNorwegian Refugee Council2017
Growth and Change in Toronto's NeighbourhoodsThis report provides an overview of changes to the population and dwelling counts in Toronto, a review of the implications of t hose changes and recommendations on how to accommodate those changes. This report describes the changing landscape of Toronto as descried by the census and the implications for our future priorities as a city.DocumentSocial Planning Toronto 2017
History of Immigration to Toronto Since the Second World War: From Toronto the "Good" to Toronto "the World in a City"To appreciate fully the impact of immigration on Toronto, it is important to understand the history of Canadian immigration policy and how that policy has played itself out in Toronto. It is also important to understand how immigration fits into the mindset of government, business, the larger Canadian community, and immigrants, themselves. It is important to acknowledge that while the receiving society has an agenda when it comes to immigration, so do immigrants, and the expectations of the state and those of immigrants may not dovetail.DocumentCERIS /OISE2000
How to be an Ally: Islamophobia at the IntersectionsA tipsheet on how to be a supportive ally against Islamophobia.DocumentRania El Mugammar2017
Immigrant-Friendly Cities - a presentationA PowerPoint presentation that highlights the recommendation from the Immigrant-Friendly Cities reportDocumentPublic Interest2014
Immigration and Ethnicity in Canada SeriesA series of online booklets designed to provide concise histories of particular aspects of immigration and ethnicity in Canada. Many of these accounts trace the origins, the development and the contemporary situation of particular ethnocultural communities in Canada.DocumentThe Canadian Historical Association2017
Income Tax Info Sheet for Newcomers ArabicInformation for Newcomers on filing a tax returnDocumentCanada Revenue Agency2017
Income Tax Info Sheet for Newcomers EnglishInformation for Newcomers on filing a tax returnDocumentCanada Revenue Agency2017
Income Tax Info Sheet for Newcomers FrenchInformation for Newcomers on filing a tax returnDocumentCanada Revenue Agency2017
Invisible Citizens: Canadian Children in Immigration DetentionCanadian children living in detention have been a largely invisible population, and the central task of this report is to make their existence and their plight visible. The invisibility of their detention has been achieved and sustained by several related features of the system. DocumentUniversity of Toronto, Faculty of Law, International Human Rights Program2017
Irregular Arrivals at the Border in 2017: Background InformationThe UNHCR has prepared some background information on 'Irregular Arrivals at the Border in 2017'.  The document includes information on who is crossing and why, how many people by month and the impact and response.DocumentUNHCR2018
Key results from 2016 CensusStatistics Canada first report on the latest national statistical portrait with results from the 2016 Census count on population and dwelling.DocumentStatistics Canada2017
Leading our Future: Leadership Competencies in Ontario's Nonprofit SectorThe report is based on a literature review, and focus group and key informant interviews with leaders across the sector. It identifies the forces and pressures facing nonprofits and charities, and the seven key roles the sector and organizations will need to lead into the future. The report also outlines how we move towards this vision, with a framework focused on three levels: organizational, sector, and systems and policy change.DocumentOntario Nonprofit Network2017
Leveraging Census Data to investigate community vulnerabilityA presentation by the City of Toronto Social Research and Information Management unit on using Census Data to investigate vulnerability in our communities.DocumentCity of Toronto2017
LinkedIn: InstructionsInstructions on how to open a LinkedIn account and join the Toronto South LIP Community of Practice;DocumentToronto South LIP2015
Linking Community Organizing with Policy Change Initiatives: Implications for Future Community of Practice in TorontoA research report that explores the challenges and opportunities of anti-poverty community organizing for policy change in Toronto, with particular attention to linking local organizing initiatives with broader policy change initiatives.DocumentSocial Planning Toronto2013
Living on the Periphery: Poor Urban MenThis infographic, from the Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, focuses on the issues of poor urban male. It describes the major problems affecting them and lists some of the promising practices designed to improve their life chances.DocumentInstitute for Research on Poverty2016
Making Ontario HomeThe first province-wide study in Ontario focused on immigrant and refugee use of settlement and integration services, and one of the largest surveys of this nature of immigrants and refugees ever undertaken in Ontario.DocumentOCASI2012
Matching Evaluation Approaches to Expectations 2.0A resource guide to help agencies select the evaluation approach and the purpose or expectation. A handy easy to read chart is included.DocumentOntario NonProfit Network2017
Mentoring improves employment outcomes for skilled immigrantsThis report's findings make a compelling case for scaling up mentoring in Canadian cities. Mentoring is a low-cost, high impact intervention that delivers on the promise of opportunity made to newcomers that make Canada their home every year.DocumentALLIES - Maytree Foundation2005
Myths and Facts about Immigrants and RefugeesA factsheet that addresses some of the myths and facts about immigrants and refugees.DocumentToronto South LIP2016
National Forum on Human TraffickingReport from the National Forum on Human Trafficking held on December 3, 2017 at Brock University in St. Catharines. The forum placed an emphasis on policy analysis, strategy setting and knowledge sharing of practical advocacy tools. DocumentCanadian Council for Refugees2018
National Forum on Trafficking in PersonsOn 23 November, 2016, the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) hosted a National Forum on Trafficking in Persons in conjunction with the CCR Fall 2016 Consultation in Montreal. Over 60 individuals participated in the forum, primarily from Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Alberta and British Columbia. The forum facilitated constructive exchanges between representatives of non-governmental organizations (including anti-trafficking and social justice advocates), service providers, academics, as well as representatives of different levels of government.DocumentCanadian Council for Refugees2017
New Data Shows Epidemic Poverty Levels in TorontoA factsheet illustrating the rise in poverty levels for families and neighbourhoods in TorontoDocumentAlliance for a Poverty-Free Toronto and others 2014
Newcomers to Canada and Financial Services: Avoid Fraud and Get Fair TreatmentA PowerPoint presentation from the Forum on Financial Literacy for Newcomers to CanadaDocumentOmbudsman for Banking Services and Investments2011
Oversight at the Border: A Model for Independent Accountability at the Canada Border Services AgencyIn this report, the BCCLA recommends two separate accountability mechanisms for the CBSA, one charged with providing realtime oversight of CBSA’s policies and practices, and one charged with conducting investigations and resolving complaints.DocumentBritish Columbia Civil Liberties Association2017
Peace, Peacebuilding and Peacelearning: A Holistic IntroductionA free, online, 90-day curriculum study guide designed for budding peace and community change leaders children to adults.DocumentNational Peace Academy 
Perspectives on Global Development 2017: International Migration in a Shifting WorldThis edition focuses on the issue of international migration and development in the context of shifting wealth. The report builds on a growing body of research carried out the the Development Centre that looks at the drivers and impacts of migration in developing countries, South-South migration, and the interrelations between public policies, migration and development.DocumentOrganization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Centre2017
Portraits 2017: Immigration and DiversityThis latest in the series of reports from the Mowat Centre’s Portraits 2017 survey examines trends in attitudes relating to immigration and ethnic, racial and religious diversity.DocumentMowat Centre2018
Poverty Reduction Strategy: A BackgrounderAn outline of the Poverty Reduction Plan for the City of TorontoDocumentCommitment 2 Community, Social Planning Toronto, Alliance for a Poverty-Free Toronto, public interest and Colour of Poverty/Colour of Change2015
Poverty Reduction Strategy: TO ProsperityAn infographic on the Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy for the City of Toronto.DocumentCommitment 2 Community, Social Planning Toronto, Alliance for a Poverty-Free Toronto, public interest and Colour of Poverty/Colour of Change2015
Practice to Policy: Lessons from Local Leadership on Immigrant IntegrationThis report is the last in the series,' Good Ideas from Successful Cities: Municipal Leadership on Immigrant Integration'. The series highlights how local governments can contribute to the future prosperity and well-being of their cities through wise investments in immigrant integration.DocumentCities of Migration - Maytree Foundation2012
Refugee Claimants in BC: Understanding Current Irregular Arrival TrendsThis report is the result of a survey of 311 refugee claimants who arrived in BC.  The report attempts to gain a better understanding of the profile and experiences of refugee claimants, and to learn from them to better assist with policy and program design. The report also includes 12 recommendations for both Federal and Provincial governments.DocumentImmigrant Services Society of BC2018
Refugee determination system: a practical guideThis information is intended for front line workers who support refugee claimants and other vulnerable migrants. The information here comes from the CCR webinar “Supporting refugee claimants: practical steps” and input from our members working on the ground. DocumentCanadian Council for Refugees2018
Refugees in Canada: A Brief HistoryThis booklet, a part of a series on 'Immigration and Ethnicity in Canada', gives a brief history of refugees in Canada. What the history of refugees in Canada has demonstrated clearly is the important, sometimes life-saving, role of civil society – 4 individuals, collectives, and organized groups outside business or government – who have taken private and public action to include refugees in the nation’s social fabric.DocumentThe Canadian Historical Association2017
Risk Management for Philanthropy: A ToolkitA toolkit to assist funders in using risk management practices. Consists of an initial set of 10 adoptable and adaptable tools to help anyone engaging in strategic philanthropy plan for contingencies and mitigate risk. DocumentOpen Road Alliance and Rockefeller Foundation2017
Sanctuary Cities: Challenges and OpportunitiesThis 60 minute webinar explores sanctuary policies and programs in Toronto and New York, what works and why it's important, asking: Who does the sanctuary city seek to protect and why?DocumentCities of Migration: Learning Exchange2016
Seizing the MomentFederal Budget 2017 recommendations from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. DocumentFederation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)2017
Service Canada Toolkit - Outreach Initiative for Reaching NewcomersA toolkit developed by Service Canada that describes their programs and services including information on Apprenticeship Grants and Loans, Student Loans, Youth Employment Strategy (YES), Foreign Credential Referral, New Horizons for Seniors and Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities.DocumentService Canada 
Statistics Canada InfographicsStatistics Canada has created a number of Infographics based on the 2016 Census. Infographics provide a quick overview of Statistics Canada survey data. Some notable graphics include: Immigrant Languages in Canada, Portrait of households and families in Canada, Population Growth in Canada,  Language Projections for Canada and Population Projections, Immigration and Diversity, Canada and regions, 2011-2036. DocumentStatistics Canada2017
Syrian Refugee Crisis in Historcal Context - Video LectureThis recent lecture by Professor Rachad Antonius of the Université de Québec à Montréal provides an insightful overview of Syria’s history as it relates to present events. The Jesuit Refugee Service in Canada and St. Monica’s Parish in Montreal organized this lecture to raise awareness among sponsorship groups about the geopolitical forces at work in the Middle-East from the beginning of the 20th century until today which created the circumstances that led to war and forced many Syrians to flee their homeland since 2011. DocumentJesuit Refugee Service and St. Monica's Parish2017
The Black Experience ProjectA study that began with the question "What does it mean to be Black in the GTA?" The research study examines the lived experiences of individuals who self-identify as Black and'or of African heritage living the the GTA. DocumentDiversity Institute, York University, Environics Institute, YMCA, United Way2017
The Diverse City: Can you read all about it in ethnic newspapers?A CERIS Working Paper Series that examines how three ethnic newspapers published in the Greater Toronto Area portray residents other than their target audiences.DocumentCERIS2013
The Global Refugee Crisis: Empirical Evidence and Policy Implications for Improving Public Attitudes and Facilitating Refugee ResettlementThe literature reviewed and policy implications discussed in this article are based on the premise that one of the major solutions to the refugee crisis must be refugee resettlement in new host countries. For such a solution to succeed, however, requires relatively favorable attitudes by members of host societies, protection of the well-being of refugees, and effective integration of refugees into new host countries.DocumentVictoria Esses, Leah Hamilton, Danielle Gaucher2017
The Impact of President Trump's Executive Order on Asylum SeekersA report released by Harvard Law School's Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program on the effects of President Trump's Executive Orders on people seeking asylum protection in the United States under long-standing provisions of US and international law, including refuge law and the Convention Against Torture.DocumentHarvard Law School2017
The Leadership Ethos: How What We Believe Can Inform Our Leadership PracticesWhen we acknowledge that the practice of leadership is not neutral—that it is not apolitical—we necessarily embrace that nonprofits (that is, the people who work and govern in them) are going to make different leadership choices depending on their values and their politics, whether consciously or not. Moreover, we acknowledge that different leadership practices will create different results (or impacts) at the levels of the individual leader, teams of staff and board, organization, and field or sector, and in communities at large.DocumentNonProfit Quarterly2018
The Power of Civic ActionA report on how the Thorncliffe Park Women's Committee revitalized their park and created an engine of grassroots economic activity.DocumentMetcalf Foundation, Thorncliffe Park Women's Committee2015
The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Canadian MediaThis paper offers a critical analysis of Canadian media content (The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, Huffington Post, CBC, and CTV), from September 2015 to April 2016, of the coverage of the Canadian resettlement effort of Syrian refugees, including representation of the refugees and the Canadian government and public. The analysis is informed by theories of orientalism, neocolonialism, neoliberalism, and feminism.DocumentRyerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement Working Paper2017
The Unequal City 2015: Income and Health Inequities in TorontoThis report builds on the findings of The Unequal City report published in 2008, by providing updated information on differences in health between income groups in Toronto for 34 health indicators, measuring how strongly income is related to differences in health and exploring how the relationship between income and health inequities has changed over time.DocumentToronto Public Health2015
The ungrateful refugee: 'We have no debt to repay'Author Dina Nayeri looks back at her journey as a child refugee and explores the idea of gratefulness and what it means to migrate to another country and start a new life. DocumentThe Guardian2017
These maps will change the way that you view the worldThe World Economic Forum published a series of map projections that show the world in different ways.DocumentWorld Economic Forum2017
Toronto Backgrounder: 2016 Census Population and Dwelling CountsThe City of Toronto's Backgrounder on the recently released first set of Census data. Data focuses on City of Toronto and Toronto neighbourhoods.DocumentCity of Toronto2017
Toronto East Community Service InventoryA list of Community Services available in Toronto's East End. Created by the former Toronto East LIPDocumentToronto South LIP (formerly Toronto East LIP)2011
Toronto South LIP Website ManualA step-by-step manual for members of the Toronto South LIP includes instructions on how to update Agency Profile and post Program Services, Events and Job PostingsDocumentToronto South LIP2014
Toronto: Planning for Diversity, Inclusion and Urban Resilience It has become imperative for municipalities to understand the dynamics and complexity of the global migration phenomenon and tackle the challenges and opportunities it presents locally. This report presents the key takeaways from Toronto’s planning practices as part of the Building Inclusive Cities initiative.DocumentCities of Migration2018
Towards a Poverty Reduction Strategy - Discussion Paper on Poverty in CanadaThe Government of Canada is committed to developing a Poverty Reduction Strategy. Governments can make a difference. However, poverty is a complex problem that requires involvement from a wide range of partners. For this reason, the Government of Canada is reaching out to its provincial, territorial and municipal partners, Indigenous people, community organizations, poverty experts and academics, the business community and, notably, those who have a lived experience of poverty to work together towards reducing poverty.DocumentGovernment of Canada2016
Tracking the Interregional Mobility of Recently Arrived Refugees in Canada: Data Snapshots from the IMDBUsing data from the Immigration Database (IMDB) which links tax-filer information to provinces of landing and their current provinces of residence, the purpose of this study was to track the interregional mobility among three cohorts of refugees arriving to Canada between 2000 and 2013. The refugee sample consisted of approximately 181,000 individuals comprising government assisted, privately sponsored, landed in Canada and refugee dependants.DocumentCERIS2017
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to ActionIn order to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission makes the following calls to action.DocumentTruth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada2015
Two Types of Diversity Training that Really WorkOne of the most common ways that companies attempt to address organizational diversity is through formal training. Yet research on the effectiveness of such programs has yielded mixed results. Diversity training effectiveness depends on the specific training method used, the personality characteristics of those who are trained, and the specific outcomes that are measured after training concludes.DocumentHarvard Business Review2017
Underground Railroad for RefugeesAt a safe house in Buffalo, asylum seekers from around the world prepare to flee the U.S. for CanadaDocumentThe New Yorker2017
Unprotected and Unrecognized: The Ontological Insecurity of Migrants Who are Denied Protection from Domestic Violence in Their Home Countries and as Refugee Claimants in CanadaThis paper involves an intertextual analysis of Canadian refugee policy and narratives from interviews with twenty-five Spanish-speaking women living with precarious migratory status in Toronto, Canada.DocumentCERIS Working Paper No. 962013
Vital Signs Toronto 2017Toronto’s Vital Signs Report is compiled from current statistics and studies, serving as an annual consolidated snapshot of the trends and issues affecting the quality of life in our city. For the first time this year, Toronto Foundation has used an equity lens to identify data for inclusion and analysis. This new framing aims to surface the gaps and opportunities for improvement and make the report a more actionable tool for policy-makers, practitioners and philanthropists.DocumentToronto Foundation2018
Watch the Movements of Every Refugee on Earth Since 2000A new visualization shows the flow of refugees around the world from 2000 to 2015, and makes the lesser-known story in Africa–and in places like Sri Lanka in 2006 or Colombia in 2007–as obvious as what has been happening more recently in Syria. DocumentFast Company 2017
Welcoming Diversity: The Role of Local and Civil Society Initiatives in Integrating NewcomersWe highlight the importance of a three-pronged approached to integration that combines governmental leadership, solid integration policies, and civil-society and locally-based initiatives that allow for personal interchanges between newcomers and hosts. These interchanges contribute to changing notions of who does and does not belong and are invaluable in showing where the key to co-existence lies.DocumentInternational Migration Research Centre2018
What is Happening to my Neighbourhood?A PowerPoint Presentation on the socio-spatial restructuring of Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal 1970 to 2015DocumentNeighbourhood Change Research Partnership, University of Toronto2017
What we mean when we talk about inclusionWe live in the golden age of diversity and inclusion, yet so many still feel so excluded. How did we arrive in this place, and where do we go now?DocumentMacleans2018
Why is Immigration Important To CanadaAn infographic developed by the Conference Board of Canada outlines why immigration is important to Canada's social and economic growth.DocumentConference Board of Canada2017
Why policy-makers should care about behavioural scienceGovernments are embracing policy based on behavioural science to help create better policies, programs and services.DocumentInstitute for Research on Public Policy2018
Why We Should Use the Term Illegalized ImmigrantA research brief that argues to replace using the terminology 'illegal immigrant' with 'illegalized immigrant' based on the argument that language matters in public discourse. The term illegal immigrant implies that an immigrant has committed a crime, that they don't belong, that someone has been wronged. The language shapes the way civic society, employers and communities engage immigrants in everyday lifeDocumentHarald Bauder, Ryerson University2013

General Websites

WebsiteSorted By Website In Ascending OrderDescriptionLinkPublisher
211 TorontoA website of over 20,000 community, health, social and related government services - a reliable resource for anyone looking for human services in Toronto; launched in 2013 as an improved, more user-friendly version of its earlier rendition. Also, a 24 hour Information and Referral helpline for Toronto – call 211.WebsiteFindHelp
Call it OutInteractive eLearning program tool designed to raise awareness of the history and impact of racism and racial discrimination and to promote a culture of human rights in Ontario.WebsiteOntario Human Rights Commission
Canadian Centre on statelessnessThe Canadian Centre on Statelessness is a non-profit organisation that seeks action against statelessness through research, advocacy and the fostering of a national community of allies including persons affected by statelessness.WebsiteCanadian Centre on Statelessness
Canadian Council of RefugeesThe Canadian Council for Refugees is a national non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection of refugees and other vulnerable migrants in Canada and around the world and to the settlement of refugees and immigrants in Canada. The membership is made up of organizations involved in the settlement, sponsorship and protection of refugees and immigrants. The Council serves the networking, information-exchange and advocacy needs of its membershipWebsiteCanadian Council of Refugees
CERISCERIS is Ontario's leading network of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners working in the field of migration and settlement. It serves as the knowledge exchange hub for all three communities and in the interest of all migrants and the general public.WebsiteCERIS
End Immigration Detention NetworkA network including members of No One Is Illegal and Fuerza Puwersa who are demanding an end to deportations and detentions, and full immigration status for all migrants.WebsiteNo One Is Illegal
Environmental Migration to CanadaA website for the first research project in Canada to systematically investigate how environmental factors overseas influence international immigration to Canada. Learning how deforestations, droughts, pollution, and urban ecological decline are affecting migration dynamics in less developed countries, and how those dynamics can in turn contribute to peoples’ decision to migrate to Canada. WebsiteWilfred Laurier University and University of Ottawa
National Vital Signs ReportsThe national Vital Signs Report developed by the Community Foundations of Canada. This site housed the national Vital Signs Reports for the years 2015 (Understanding belonging), 2016 (Social participation and belonging, Sport and belonging) and 2017 (Community systems and belonging).WebsiteCommunity Foundations of Canada
Neighbourhood Change & Building Inclusive Communities from WithinThis website is the online home for a major research initiative focussed on long term trends relating to the urban impact of growing income inequality and socio-spatial polarization in Canada and in cities in similar nations.WebsiteUniversity of Toronto
Open PolicyOpen Policy Ontario is the social policy consultancy of John Stapleton. John Stapleton is a writer, instructor and Innovations Fellow with the Metcalf Foundation. He teaches a popular course on public policy for community advocates and is extensively published in local and national media.WebsiteJohn Stapleton
Poverty Reduction TorontoOver 75 community based organizations have come together to identify key actions the City of Toronto should undertake as part of its proposed Poverty Reduction Strategy, and to make sure that strategy is adopted and implemented in the coming months.WebsiteCommitment 2 Community, Social Planning Toronto, Alliance for a Poverty-Free Toronto, public interest and Colour of Poverty/Colour of Change
Refugee Research NetworkThe Refugee Research Network has been created to mobilize and sustain a Canadian and international network of researches and research centres committed to the study of refugee and forced migration issues and to engaging policy makers and practitioners in finding solutions to the plight of refugees and displaced persons. WebsiteCentre for Refugee Studies, York University
Social Planning TorontoSocial Planning Toronto is committed to building a "Civic Society" one in which diversity, equity, social and economic justice, interdependence and active civic participation are central to all aspects of our lives - in our families, neighbourhoods, voluntary and recreational activities, and in our politics.WebsiteSocial Planning Toronto
Spark OntarioA website dedicated to matching volunteers to volunteer opportunities across OntarioWebsiteFindHelp Information Services
Stop Racism and Hate CollectiveThe Canadian Anti-racism Education and Research Society (CAER) grew out of the attempts by a number of social activists and academics to organize farm workers in British Columbia in the 1970s. Now the organization monitors hate crimes and develops resources and campaigns to stop racism in CanadaWebsiteCanadian Anti-racism Education and Research
We FightA website launched to assist those who are victims of Human Trafficking.WebsiteLAW (Legal Assistance Windsor)
Wellbeing TorontoWellbeing Toronto is an interactive mapping application. It allows you to select a number of datasets at the neighbourhood level and have the results appear instantly as a map, tables and graphs. WebsiteCity of Toronto