It is not surprising that recreation was identified as one of the key priorities for newcomer health and wellbeing and was included in the Toronto North Settlement Strategy. Recreation helps people stay healthy and live longer. It is a proven therapeutic tool that helps to restore physical, mental and social capacities and abilities. The value of recreation for newcomers cannot be overestimated. By engaging in recreation activities newcomers decrease the negative effects of stress caused by immigration and settlement, make new connections and become a part of the community.
Health and Wellbeing
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.
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