Multilingual resources on financial support 
The website provides multilingual information on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and other financial assistance programs that are available during this time. This could be useful to clients, service provider agencies, and the greater community. To access the page, please click here.
Opinion: Hamilton’s immigrants can help with economic recovery
Lily Lumsden, the Chair of Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council (HIPC), and HIPC member Judy Travis recently published a commentary piece in the Hamilton Spectator on the role immigrants could play in Hamilton's economic recovery. The opinion piece was informed by the co-authors' experiences in settlement services and workforce research, and the recent publication of HIPC’s report on newcomers in Hamilton’s labour market.

"We know that ongoing immigration is a positive for our economy," they wrote "for the present time, immigration has been halted, and it is highly unlikely that Canada will reach immigration targets for 2020. Yet Hamilton has approximately 15,000 immigrants who have arrived since 2011, many of whom are in the labour market or wish to be."

Newcomers are an asset that can be leveraged. The research found that among newcomers arriving in the most recent period of immigration (2011-2016) and who are in the labour force, almost half have a university degree, double the rate for Canadian-born Hamilton residents. Among newcomer women, the most common fields are health care and business and administration. The most common fields of study for male newcomers are engineering and engineering technology, followed by business and administration. The complete report is available on the HIPC Website.

Given this knowledge, how can we as a community make sure everyone is included in our path to economic recovery post COVID-19? 
Multilingual Resources for Newcomers and Youth
The YMCA of Hamilton, Burlington and Brantford prepared a series of short multilingual videos to spread awareness about healthy COVID-19 practices for the newcomer community, including newcomer youth. Multilingual resources are important in helping new immigrants access timely health information, particularly as they appear to be at higher risk of acquiring COVID-19, according to new data from the City of Toronto. The data shows that the group with the highest percentage of recent immigrants also had the highest rate of COVID-19 cases, with 104 per 100,000 people. The group with the lowest percentage of recent immigrants had the lowest rate, with 69 cases per 100,000 people.

Education is key for community protection. Special thanks to our HIPC partner for sharing this resource. These videos may be helpful in your work or community:
Physical Distancing 
With summer upon us and as Hamilton heads towards reopening, families may be getting tired of explaining why it is important to continue to practice physical distancing to their youngsters, as well as elders experiencing heightened isolation. Here's a fun video we found by UBC explaining the concept in a light way. If you have any videos, or video ideas to share with, send them our way and we might feature them in future issues. Stay safe and healthy, everyone! 

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