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HIPC Releases New Research Report on Newcomer Housing
Based on prior research that found housing to be a growing area of concern for newcomer populations, HIPC’s Research and Evaluation Committee identified housing as a priority area of research. Last fall, HIPC engaged McMaster Research Shop to learn about affordable housing initiatives in other Canadian cities that could serve as models for efforts in Hamilton. Their environmental scan focused on initiatives and projects that have successfully helped newcomers to Canada (immigrants and refugees) secure housing. The scan included initiatives led by municipalities, community groups, religious or other organizations. Based on internet searches, literature review, and phone interviews, the students documents how these projects conceived, who was involved, and their outcomes.

Results from the environmental scan of newcomer affordable housing initiatives in major urban cities across Canada, including Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina and Vancouver, identified six programs with promising features and the greatest chance for replicability in Hamilton. All these programs provided emergency shelter or transitional housing, as well as housing stabilization support, which included accommodation search and advocacy support. Five of the programs also provided wrap-around supports, such as counselling, language classes, and employment training in order to ensure holistic care of their clients.
 
Upcoming Webinar: Hire International Workers

Interested in hiring international talent? Looking for information? Do you want to hear an expert's take on the matter? Invest in Hamilton and the law firm of Long Mangalji LLP will be presenting a webinar for employers who want hire international workers and students. The webinar will explore the pertinent immigration laws and policies and resources available to hire newcomers. Topics will include:

  • The immigration requirements to work legally in Canada for students who are on study permits and are transitioning to their work permits
  • The obligations for employers when hiring international workers
  • Strategies to obtain work permits
  • Pathways to permanent residence
  • Where and how to find local resources to help hire newcomers

Participants are welcome to attend in person or register for the webinar online. To register, please click here.

Together in Dance 
Are you excited for Family Day Weekend? Do you have plans? Mark your calendars and head over to Mohawk College this Sunday February 16, 2020 to attend the first ever Together in Dance Festival: Celebrating Diversity Through Dance! This multicultural family-friendly event is hosted by the Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts in partnership with agencies across Hamilton and the region.

HIPC is proud to host another CommuniTea conversation circle on immigration and belonging. There will be a variety of teas as well as treats starting at 12:30 PM by the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre of Mohawk College. Families, friends and allies are all welcome to join us for a conversation in honor of building a Hamilton for everyone to call home! 
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