Community Integration Network (CIN)

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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 will work 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).

Planned activities for 2016-2017 include:

  • Developing and supporting processes to ensure broad-based feedback to/from IRCC.
  • Coordinating the development of Community Connections activities to facilitate sharing of promising practices, resulting in similar outcomes.
  • Enhancing the capacity of SPOs with practical tools/processes to document the importance and value of the Community Connections activities.
  • Supporting Francophone programs/workers in the Community Connections stream.

For further details about CIN, visit the website.

Please note that Le Centre ontarien de prévention des agressions (COPA) plays the role of coordinator for the French-language equivalent of SWIS, the provincial Franco-Ontarian network known as Travailleuses et travailleurs en établissement dans les écoles (TÉÉ).


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)

Public Speaking and Presentations Resources

The Community Integration Network (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.


Please send an email to, or contact a CIN team member:

Lucila Spigelblatt
219 Argyle Ave., Ottawa, ON K2P 2H4
Tel: 613-232-9634 x 347
Fax: 613-232-3660

Ursula Rudden
219 Argyle Ave., Ottawa, ON K2P 2H4
Tel: 613-232-9634 x 390
Fax: 613-232-3660

Nathalie Verly-Raphaël
219 Argyle Ave., Ottawa, ON K2P 2H4
Tel: 613-232-9634 x 323
Fax: 613-232-3660


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.

For more information on the program, please visit the wiki page.

The Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) program places settlement workers from community agencies in elementary and secondary schools that have high numbers of newcomer students.

For more information on the program, please visit the wiki page.

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.

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