Settlement, Orientation and Language

Mapping Toronto North Services

We are working on developing a list of current services and programs that could be used by new Canadians from Syria in Toronto North, their sponsors and service providers. We hope to complete this resource by early January and present it at the info session & fair for service providers and sponsors. Please stay tuned for more details on that. We also hope to get a better understanding of what information and/or training you might need to effectively serve newcomers from Syria.


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Creating welcoming environments and spaces for meaningful engagement

In October the TN LIP convened 17 individuals from 14 various agencies in a training focused on creating welcoming environments and spaces for meaningful engagement for newcomers and residents.  The training sought to initiate a conversation with those working in the humanservice sector around the environments they are creating in which newcomers access support.

Recreational Services in Our Neighbourhood- Newcomer Research & Advocacy Project Report

In 2012 Fairview Resident Action Group sought to create a project to build a case for positive change in their neighbourhood. After a series of meetings the group decided to focus on the accessibility of recreational programming in the Fairview neighbourhood. In 2013, the resident group embarked on recreation research and advocacy project. The 12-month project in North York East focused on identifying and advocating for residential recreation interests and needs. The project results are presented in the enclosed report. 

Citizenship Test Preparation Course Program Model

"Since 2008, a new citizenship test was implemented that has resulted in increased failure rates compared with previous versions of the test. An environmental scan from the Toronto North Local Immigration Partnership (TNLIP) indicated that various settlement agencies and other organizations (e.g., school boards) were offering Citizenship Test Preparation Courses in various formats. However, the number was few and several were being discontinued.

Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral System (CLARS) Presentation

The Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) have launched a project to test the benefits of a harmonized approach to language assessment and referral for newcomers. The project called “Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral System” (CLARS) offers a “one-stop” language assessment. 

March 28 All-Council Meeting

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: