Scarborough Newcomer Settlement Collective

What is the Scarborough Newcomer Settlement Collective?

The Scarborough Newcomer Settlement Collective (SNSC) is a new short-term project which is exploring how we could build a governance model which would bring people together to plan and fund services. Check out this video to find out more about:

  • The goals of the SNSC
  • How we will achieve this
  • Who’s involved

About Us

The Scarborough Newcomer Settlement Collective (SNSC) is a service delivery improvement (SDI) project which is exploring new ways to make planning and funding decisions for newcomer service delivery in Scarborough by creating a model of community-based participatory governance.

The SNSC will facilitate stakeholders working together (funders, newcomers, organizations, community members, and service providers) to develop and test a participatory governance structure for newcomer service delivery planning and resource allocation. Through this participatory approach, the planning and decision-making for the development of the model will be driven by people affected by and involved in newcomer service delivery in Scarborough.

Ultimately, the project aims to:

  • Develop a community-based participatory model of governance for local decision-making on newcomer service planning and funding;
  • Develop a model that best suits the needs and requirements of the Scarborough community;
  • Build stakeholder capacity to inform model development.

Read the Environmental Scan

This environmental scan was undertaken to provide baseline information to inform the Scarborough Newcomer Settlement Collective (SNSC) with the goal of developing a model for community-based funding for services for newcomers in Scarborough. To see the Environmental Scan click here.

Existing Governance Structures in Scarborough: Leah Yuyitung

Project Structure

The Scarborough Newcomer Settlement Collective takes a participatory approach and brings together experts with lived experience, service delivery organizations, community stakeholders, and funders, throughout its structure, which includes:

  • Advisory Committee: The leadership group responsible for supporting the project to meet its goals by guiding process and building awareness of the project within the wider community to support more stakeholders to be involved.
  • Model Development Work Group: The group will consider what a structure for community-based participatory decision making around service delivery planning and funding could look like by reviewing the data and information available, considering the gaps, seeking and reviewing community feedback and working together to develop the model.  
  • Stakeholder Feedback Groups: The SNSC will gain an understanding of the community context, stakeholders and decision-makers and inform the model development through a number of groups and research including an environmental scan, and seek feedback from stakeholders through focus groups and community discussions.
  • Partnership with University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC): Supporting evidence-based decision making for the model’s development and potential future implementation.

The SNSC is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), led by Catholic Crosscultural Services, and proud to work in collaboration with the TEQ LIP, its members and partners.

Advisory Committee

Meet some of our Advisory Committee Members:

Q&A with an Advisory Committee Member

The Scarborough Newcomer Settlement Collective’s focus is bringing people together from all interest groups (local residents, organizations, funders, newcomers and service providers) to help gather evidence for the development of the model.

Find out here how the advisory committee is involved as we ask a member the following questions:

  1. Why did you want to get involved?
  2. How are you involved, what does this look like?
  3. What kind of decisions has the advisory committee made thus far? What other decisions are anticipated?


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