Global Virtual Summit on Digital Identity for Refugees
Do YOU have ideas on how digital technologies can help refugees and asylum-seekers? UNHCR would like to hear from you.
The UN Refugee Agency, in partnership with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), is inviting written contributions to a Global Virtual Summit on how digital identity can provide greater opportunities for refugees and asylum-seekers, allowing them to contribute more to their host communities. Anyone can take part of the submission process. This is an opportunity for researchers, subject matter experts, field workers, students and thought leaders to explore and propose possible tools that may support the Global Compact on Refugees. The key objectives are to ease the pressures on host countries; enhance refugee self-reliance; expand access to third-country solutions; and support conditions in countries of origin for return in safety and dignity. The deadline for written contributions is 22 April 2019. 
Join Us for Newcomer Day 
Planning is underway for the annual Newcomer Day in Hamilton. You said it, we listened. We are modifying and remodeling the day to cater to our visitors. We value working with our partner organizations and supporters to bring an event that truly embodies and celebrates the many generations of newcomers that make Hamilton as we know it. Have ideas? Want to be part of this event? Get in touch.
Make an Impact, Hire Local 
Employers in the Hamilton area are invited to attend a unique networking experience curated by Workforce Planning Hamilton, for a chance to: 
  • Visit displays and network with staff from over 20 free employment services and specialized programs 
  • Hear Aline Ayoub, Aline Ayoub HR Consulting's presentation: A Road Map to Hire the Right People for Your Business to learn new strategies to attract and retain quality employees 
  • Visit pop-up presentations on: Hiring and Training Incentives; Equity Hiring; Employment Standards; and the Accessiblity for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
  • Enjoy a full hot breakfast
It Takes a Village 
A recent article in The Hamilton Spectator highlighted HIPC's new report Exploring Hamilton's Informal Settlement Network and the work of HIPC partners IWC, Wesley, YMCA, and Good Shepherd. The article highlighted how each organization continues to assist Syrian newcomers who resettled in Hamilton as they retrain, get jobs and build new lives.

Three years ago more than 2000 Syrian refugees made Hamilton their home. Immigrants statistically earn less than the Canadian-born population, but their resilience coupled with the support of key community players can create wonders. Commenting on what makes Hamilton a distinct place for them to settle, "I think Hamilton did quite well. I think a lot of community stakeholders came together. Where there were gaps, people stepped up." - said Daljit Garry, Executive Director of Wesley and incoming HIPC Chair. 
Community Announcements 
We would like to feature your updates
We send this newsletter out every other week. This is a chance for us to highlight the work of our partners, share upcoming events, grant opportunities and stories of impact. 

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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