The Range of Newcomer Services in the Greater Toronto Area - Executive Summary

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By: April Lim
Date: 2003

This summary aims to provide an overview about the range of newcomer services in the Greater Toronto Area, the service deliverers and a brief description of some sources of funding. For the purposes of this report, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) refers to the City of Toronto, Peel Region (Mississauga, Brampton) and York Region (Markham, Vaughan and Richmond Hill).

The report begins with a description of the range of settlement services available in the GTA. Following the range of services is a brief overview of federal and provincial government funding programs for settlement services in the GTA: Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC), Immigrant Settlement and Adaptation Program (ISAP), Host and Newcomer Settlement Program (NSP).

Next, other funding sources such as foundations and the United Way are briefly discussed. Lastly, research methodology, limitations and challenges are addressed. Appendices 1, 2 and 3 list settlement services, ethnic and cultural organizations in Toronto, York Region and Peel Region respectively.

Upon reviewing the program agendas of newcomer-serving organizations in the GTA, a consistent collection of issues or needs to which these organizations respond was identified. These are:

  • Advocacy
  • Counselling and support
  • Education
  • Emergency food services
  • Employment
  • English as a second language (ESL)
  • Form filling
  • Health/Medical
  • Housing
  • Information and referral
  • Legal
  • Orientation
  • Recreation
  • Translation and interpretation

Many settlement services are available exclusively for target groups such as youth, women and seniors. The following table provides a description about key settlement services that are offered by organizations in the GTA and also a brief description of the target groups.

This report is available for download in Adobe Acrobat PDF format (255 KB, 55 pages).