Key issues we see
Language and English as a Second Language
Language learning supports are often inaccessible to newcomers who experience multiple barriers, such as those related to caring for children, disabilities, and health.
Finding housing is increasingly more challenging for newcomers, with many staying in temporary housing or emergency shelters. Suitable and affordable housing is becoming more inaccessible.
Many newcomers struggle to navigate Toronto’s complex social assistance infrastructure and access services. With language and mobility already a barrier, newcomers often seek support to access timely social support.
Many newcomers fall through the cracks of existing service infrastructure due to particular barriers such as a lack of access to ESL learning services and to Francophone services. Others experience additional barriers related to age, race, or LGBTQIA+ identity.
Many newcomers struggle with a cultural gap between Canada and their country of origin. Opportunities to enhance relations between newcomers and those born in Canada are often lacking.
DID YOU KNOW?
In Toronto North, the most common first languages among newcomers are Mandarin, Farsi, Tagalog, and Cantonese.
Key Action Areas
Identify gaps in service provision for newcomers and facilitate linkages between service providers such as those offering faith, Francophone, and senior services.
Research and Advocacy
Identify resources and service gaps for newcomers, including those related to housing, seniors, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and Francophone individuals.
Identify and share best practices to foster welcoming communities.
Facilitate connections between service provider organizations and other stakeholders, and find pathways to support equitable service delivery.
Inform policy and systems change by actively participating in local and regional conversations on changes to service delivery access.
Astha Priya – Coordinator, Settlement & Language
416-494-7978 x 425