In 2012, Canada admitted 257,887 immigrants – a little more than the average number of immigrants that came for the past 10 years. The high numbers of immigrant intake contributes to Canada’s reputation as a country of demographic openness and multicultural tolerance.
Health and Wellbeing
The analysis of frontline workers’ (38 respondents) training needs in mental health, addictions and cultural competence undertaken by Toronto North Local Immigration Partnership in the winter of 2013 showed that there is an enormous demand for such training opportunities, notwithstanding the fact that 80% of the study participants have previously participated in some mental health training.
On March 28 Toronto North LIP held an All-Council meeting. The Toronto North Settlement Strategy and Action Plan were unveiled and well-received. We had great conversations about how to embark on implementing the Settlement Action Plan and we had a chance to learn about changes to the immigration system that could affect your services and ability to support newcomers through their settlement process.
For more information, please see the enclosed:
Pathways to Employment in Canadian Mental Health - bridge training program designed for internationally-trained psychologists and allied mental health professionals by the Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto and community-based mental health and settlement organizations. For more information, please visit: http://www.bridgingprograms.org/index.php
List of workshops and training programs for service providers
"This research explores community-based perspectives on the political economy of immigrant health. It seeks to examine and clarify the relationship between three bodies of knowledge: the political economy perspective on population health; the academic public health literature on the health of immigrant populations in Canada; and professional knowledge related to the provision of health and social services to immigrant communities at the level of Community Health Centres in the City of Toronto."
-Vahid Shahidi, Wellesley Institute
Newcomer Health Forum, Monday, October 1st, 2012
Brief overview of breakout sessions' discussions and participants' recommendations
-Toronto North Local Immigration Partnership
"Improving services and outcomes for immigrant, refugee, ethno-cultural and racialized groups (IRER), is a common challenge for mental health systems in high income countries. The Service Systems Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Commission established a project to consider the issues and options for service improvement for IRER groups and to report to the Commission. The aim was to help their deliberations on how the goals of the Mental Health Strategy for Canada could be achieved."
"...This article discusses post-migration determinants of mental health for newcomer youth in Toronto and reflects on policy implications. Preliminary study findings indicate that settlement challenges and discrimination/exclusions are salient risks to the mental wellbeing of newcomer youth and their families."
- Yogendra B. Shakya, Nazilla Khanlou & Tahira Gonsalves