Settlement and Integration Action Group

Objectives:

  • To strengthen the availability and accessibility of settlement and family supports for newcomers
  • Create a platform to accurately identify and address the diverse settlement needs of all newcomers, including newcomer seniors, women, youth, LGBTQ newcomers, and refugees
  • Enable visibility and accessibility of housing and related services through facilitating service coordination, resource sharing and needs-based partnerships that will result in enhanced access to and ability to maintain affordable housing for newcomers.
  • Enhance availability of and access to legal information, resources and services for newcomers.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Newcomers, service providers, and faith-based and cultural institutions aremore knowledgeable and better able to access settlement related information, resources, and supports
  • Greater awareness among service providers of the needs of specific newcomer groups(including newcomer seniors, women, youth, LGBTQ newcomers, and refugees) and how to best address them
  • Reduced barriers that allow all newcomers to access programs that are relevant to their needs and interests, and that enable them to participate in the community in a meaningful way
  • Enhanced newcomer awareness of and timely access to information and services 
  • Newcomers, including vulnerable and low-income groups are more aware of and have access to services and resources that assist them to have access to affordable, safe and healthy housing options and the ability to maintain these in the long-term
  • Affordable, safe and long-term housing leads to improved physical and mental health for newcomers
  • Immigrants have more information about legal issues and have barrier free access to legal support services when they need them
  • Service providers in Scarborough are more aware of resources and equipped with information of newcomer’s housing and legal services needs and work collaboratively to address them
  • Improved service coordination and collaboration among housing/ legal service providers and settlement service organizations.

The TEQ LIP Settlement and Integration Action Group works to strengthen the availability and accessibility of settlement services and supports including housing, legal and other services for newcomers through facilitating enhanced service coordination and knowledge sharing among organizations, and greater community engagement in Scarborough.

Settlement and Integration Action Group Members:

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