Catholic Immigration centre of ottawa. Joël Denis, Norah Lynn Paddock, Louise Saulnier, Leslie Wong. Outline. CIC Background. Mission: facilitates the reception of newcomers to Canada; and assists newcomers in realizing their full potential in Canadian society. History:
Joël Denis, Norah Lynn Paddock, Louise Saulnier, Leslie Wong
Growing number of high needs clients (e.g. refugees – especially children – and women with small children)
Social isolation and impact on health
1. Go right to the source – family reunification
2. Increased support for community based initiatives – e.g. neighborhood watch programs and food co-operatives
3. Increased support for social development activities, including intergenerational projects and cross-cultural gatherings.
4. Research recommendation: develop and test models to demonstrate a stronger link between social support networks and health benefits – e.g. gender analysis????
Increase government funding for translation/interpretation services through settlement service providers
Extend eligibility of government-funded language training to temporary residents
Develop guidelines and training to help mainstream service providers become culturally-sensitive