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Community Connections programming is intended to provide newcomers with help to establish social and professional networks so they are engaged and feel welcome in their communities. Community Connections activities are designed to accomplish this by providing the following:
- Assessment of client needs,
- Cultural mentoring in a group setting,
- Opportunities for multi-way interaction and cross-cultural awareness,
- Conversation circles supporting language learning, and
- Group activities/sessions supporting knowledge transfer and cross-cultural awareness connections with the community.
Volunteer recruitment and participation, and partnership projects with other organizations, are essential components of the program.
Objectives of the program include:
- Creating welcoming spaces and communities – effectively engaging newcomers through increased accessibility, co-locating settlement services, and maximizing public community spaces.
- Fostering engagement between newcomers and Canadians – for example, through mentorships, sports and recreational activities, community groups, and participation on school councils.
- Raising awareness and understanding – by designing projects to raise awareness and understanding on settlement and integration issues.
- Planning, promotion and partnerships –
- Planning and partnership projects to bring together diverse organizations to coordinate their efforts on initiatives to welcome immigrants to their community.
- Promotion projects to increase uptake by newcomer clients while also encouraging greater volunteer involvement from community members.
More than 60 agencies in Ontario have received funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to offer the Community Connections program.
The Community Integration Network (CIN) is a service from the Catholic Centre for Immigrants (CCI) funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). In consultation with IRCC and in collaboration with the Service Providers, CIN works towards standards, tools, resources and program coordination that support the effective delivery of services under the Community Connections stream. This includes Community Connections programs and activities, Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) and Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP).
Professional Development 2016-2017
CIN offered a series of 2-day professional development sessions for front-line staff working in programs funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada under the Welcoming Communities stream. This includes:
- Workers in Community Connections programs and activities
- Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS)
- Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) workers
All PD sessions took place in Toronto on these dates:
- Monday & Tuesday, October 24-25, 2016 (English)
- Monday & Tuesday, November 14-15, 2016 (English)
- Monday & Tuesday, December 12-13, 2016 (French)
- Monday & Tuesday, January 23-24, 2017 (English)
Community Connections Group Activities Planning Tool (CCAPT)
This planning tool was created by the Community Integration Network (CIN) in close consultation with many of the staff and managers involved in the delivery of Community Connections group activities in Ontario. It is intended to provide common denominators to express the outcomes of Community Connections group activities in a manner that is consistent with the Settlement Logic Model.
For CCAPT guidelines and template, visit CIN's website at Resources: CCAPT.
Public Speaking and Presentations Resources
CIN has collected a variety of online resources taken from different sectors to offer you diverse perspectives on public speaking and presentations.
You can download the PDF document from CIN's website at Resources: Presentations.
Ideas for YOUTH Activities
The Community Integration Network (CIN) collected all the information presented at our Youth Services Meeting of January 23, 2014.
A document is now available on CIN's website under Resources: Presentations.
We hope you enjoy all the wonderful ideas, and that they provide inspiration for your own projects. If you have any questions about a particular initiative, please contact the presenters directly.
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For further information, please send an email to ComConnInfo@cin-ric.ca.
The Community Integration Network (CIN) is a service from the Catholic Centre for Immigrants (CCI) funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). In consultation with IRCC and in collaboration with Service Providers, CIN works towards standards, tools, resources and program coordination that support the effective delivery of services under the Community Connections stream. This includes Community Connections programs and activities, Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) and Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP).
For details about CIN, visit the website.
SettlementAtWork.Org is where you will find news items, events, RFPs and job listings for professionals in the Ontario settlement sector. Visit the website.
For more information on the program, please visit the wiki page.
Travailleuses et travailleurs en établissement dans les écoles (TÉÉ) is the French-language equivalent of SWIS. Visit the TÉÉ website.
Grâce au programme des travailleuses et des travailleurs d’établissement dans les écoles (TÉÉ), des TÉÉ embauchés par des organismes communautaires se rendent dans certaines écoles primaires et secondaires francophones qui accueillent un grand nombre d’élèves nouvellement arrivés.
Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) provide settlement services, information sessions, outreach, and programs in public libraries throughout Ontario. For more information on the program, please visit the wiki page.
Do you have a Community Connections program?
When you create a Wiki page for your Community Connections program or activity, let us know so we can link to it here.
Please email us at ComConnInfo@cin-ric.ca with the details.