New Report: Exploring Hamilton’s Informal Settlement Network
Hamilton's settlement services offer language training, education, employment, health, and other programs to newcomers. In addition to these funded service providers, established immigrants, ethnic and religious groups, and business owners provide recent immigrants with unique supports that address various groups and their specific needs. 

In fall of 2018, HIPC engaged Huyen Dam, a PhD student at McMaster University, to learn more about informal support networks. Throughout six months of intensive field research that included 32 in-depth interviews, Dam examined the resources, supports and challenges faced by informal networks as they embrace newcomer communities and ease their integration in our society. 

This week, HIPC released the final project report Exploring the Informal Settlement Network in Hamilton. The report explores the nature of support provided for newcomers by informal services and groups, such as creating friendships, belonging and social inclusion. It also identifies some challenges faced by informal networks in delivering their grassroots work. Finally, it provides an insight into the barriers to integration in Hamilton and offers recommendations to overcome them.

It is important to recognize the work of local informal networks that make real differences in the lives of newcomers. HIPC hopes that this research helps bridge the gap between formal and informal services and contributes to a seamless settlement experience for everyone who arrives in Hamilton. 
HIPC Presents 2018-2019 Research Highlights at Annual Event
Did you catch HIPC on local news? In the pursuit of influencing change and creating informed conversations in Hamilton, HIPC hosted its Annual Event on March 26, 2019. More than 150 people participated in the event which featured a presentation of key projects from 2018-2019, the release of HIPC's most recent Annual Report, a panel discussion of the latest research on immigration trends in our city, and a drumming circle led by HIPC member Leo Johnson. The event offered an opportunity for key sector leaders to connect, network and reflect on the realities of immigration in our city. We are thankful for the positive sentiments that followed and were also pleased receive coverage in The Hamilton Spectator of the research presented. Onward! 
HIPC Connects
Researcher Jenna Blower of Cities of Migration, a Ryerson University-based think tank, led the "Immigrant Futures" community consultation in partnership with HIPC. Immigrant Futures seeks to improve immigration outcomes by employing an economic development lens. Blower presented a global range of model cases and programs that are inclusive of newcomers and support economic growth.
Photo credit: Layla Abdulrahim-Moore, HIPC Program & Policy Advisor via Twitter
Hamilton, Ontario and Moncton, New Brunswick were featured in a workshop on municipal immigration strategies and practices in attracting and retaining newcomers. The Hamilton presented was given by HIPC Policy and Program Advisor Layla Abdulrahim-Moore to the National Metropolis Conference in Halifax. Both Immigration Partnership teams are housed within Economic Development at their respective municipalities and shared their distinctive experiences. 
Photo credit: Layla Abdulrahim-Moore, HIPC Program & Policy Advisor via Twitter
Community Announcements 
  • JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services is recruiting two positions for Children’s Mental Health Counsellor (Diverse Communities)

  • Service providers: you are invited to register for the Family Learning Project workshop on April 16 to learn more about child protection laws and help clients understand their duties. 

  • IWC will be holding Job Search Workshops to help clients write resumes, prepare for interviews and identify career goals. Registration is required. Click below to connect with the designated IWC contact for each specialization STEM: April 8 - 12 | General: April 24- 28 |  8 Main St. East. 
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