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Just Released: Immigration Profile Report 
HIPC recognizes that the city of Hamilton would not be where it is today without the contributions of our immigrant population over the past two centuries. Understanding the cultural, economic and educational backgrounds of immigrants in Hamilton becomes instrumental to policy making and providing quality public service, to enable all agencies and individuals in building a better Hamilton for all. In keeping with that, and as the fiscal year comes to an end, HIPC is keen to share findings from its various research-focused projects of 2018-2019.

This week, HIPC released a new report on the Demographic Profile of Immigrants in Hamilton, an initiative taken on by the Research and Evaluation Committee. The objective of the research is to increase our understanding of Hamilton’s immigrant population, including how the characteristics of immigrants have changed over time as well as how Hamilton measures up when compared to neighboring cities and the province of Ontario as a whole. The report covers data on recent immigrants as well as more established foreign-born populations. Most data in the report is derived from the 2016 Census. 

The report examined data collected under five categories: population growth forecasts; immigrant demographics; place of origin and ethnicity; education, employment and ethnicity; and lastly linguistic knowledge. It is HIPC's belief that immigration continues to be important to our city today and in the future. With that in mind, HIPC invites you to read, share, and reflect on the realities of our community as supported by facts and data, to create empowering dialogue.
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
In keeping with HIPC's mission to create a welcoming an inclusive Hamilton for All, HIPC acknowledges the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination as a reminder of the important work that is ahead of us. We must continue to loudly reject discrimination in all of its forms including discrimination based on race, faith, color, gender or national identity. Every day is a chance to continue the work with our partners and remind our community that what we have in common is far more than anything that tries to divide us. Our unity as a community is our strongest asset. 
Hamilton Mourns Victims of the Christchurch Attack
Photo Credit: CBC Hamilton Via Twitter 
On Monday March 18, 2019, hundreds of Hamilton residents gathered at the Hamilton Mountain Mosque to mourn the victims of the deadly attacks on two mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. Religious leaders of different faiths, community leaders and politicians called on the public to actively denounce Islamophobia and all forms of hate, and to promote the message of peace. 

The HIPC team offers our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and extends our sympathies to our Muslim community of friends and neighbors here in Hamilton and across the nation. 
HIPC Hosts SPO Day 
"Newcomers do not know where to start."
"It's just too complicated as it is." 

With similar sentiments. many front-line workers acknowledged that there are system-wide challenges in accessing services, as part of a knowledge and experience exchange exercise. On March 13, HIPC hosted a Service Provider Organizations Day to bring together members of the settlement and public service sectors for a morning of consultation and networking. The objective of the event was to discuss immigration trends and research findings and identify sector specific priorities and collective projects for the future. It offered an opportunity for participants to strengthen relationships and build partnerships. "The willingness to work together is an added benefit and advantage to our clients and our community," said Lorraine Hamilton, a long time HIPC supporter and partner at Collège Boréal.

Participants made recommendations made in four areas of settlement:  employment, housing, health and demographic-specific services. A system-navigation approach has been endorsed by many to simplify the pathway to services. "These discussions helped us frame the gaps in services and identify ways to address those gaps moving forward," said Maisie Raymond-Brown, Director of Employment and Training Services at YWCA Hamilton. 
Community Announcements 
  • HIPC Annual Event will take place on Tuesday, March 26, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the auditorium of the Dave Braley Centre in downtown Hamilton-100 Main Street West. RSVP required by end of day on Thursday March 21. 
  • Help HSR make Hamilton home for everyone. Answer this survey, have your voice heard.
  • La Caravana: Panel Discussion and Q&A on the Central American Migrant Crisis, Wednesday April 3, 2019. RSVP here. 
  • Wesley - English Conversation Circle for Newcomers, every Tuesday at 3:30 pm - 📍 52 Catharine St. N. 
  • Wesley - Women Self-care with Laila, every Thrusday at 2 pm - 📍 705 Main St. East. 
We would like to feature your updates
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If you would like your work to be featured and shared with the community, please email us your events, announcements by the first Monday of each month using this form.
 
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