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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:

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Catholic immigration centre of ottawa

Catholic Immigration centre of ottawa

Joël Denis, Norah Lynn Paddock, Louise Saulnier, Leslie Wong


Outline

Outline


Cic background

CIC Background

  • Mission:

    • facilitates the reception of newcomers to Canada; and

    • assists newcomers in realizing their full potential in Canadian society.

  • History:

    • Religious origins

    • 1976: Catholic Immigration Services – Ottawa is set up.

    • 1978-1981: Southeast Asian refugee crises, services number of staff expand.

    • 1984: Agency is incorporated as an autonomous organization - The Catholic Immigration Centre.

    • Today, CIC continues to expand its programs and services to meet the needs of newcomers and the Ottawa community.


Cic mandate louise

CIC Mandate - Louise


Staffing volunteers q5 les

Staffing/Volunteers (Q5) - Les


Client needs and service delivery

Client Needs and Service Delivery

  • Client Profile:

    • Over 55% are Government-Assisted Refugees (GARs)

    • Slightly more women than men (51% versus 49%)

    • Majority are between 25 and 44 years of age, often with large families

    • Small, but growing, number of seniors

  • Primary Needs:

    • Language training

    • Housing support

    • Employment support

      Growing number of high needs clients (e.g. refugees – especially children – and women with small children)


Service delivery challenges

Service Delivery Challenges

Client Profile

Primary Needs

  • Over 55% are Government-Assisted Refugees (GARs)

  • Slightly more women than men (51% versus 49%)

  • Majority are between 25 and 44 years of age, often with large families

  • Small, but growing, number of seniors


Source of funding q5 les background

Source of Funding (Q5) - Les Background


Funding challenges

Funding Challenges

  • Funding levels do not reflect growing demand for settlement services

  • Funding restrictions limit the types of services that can be provided

  • Reporting requirements are onerous


Social determinants of health for immigrants

Social Determinants of Health for Immigrants

  • Immigration Status

  • Migration History

  • ????

Health Status

  • Language Skills


Healthy immigrant effect

Healthy Immigrant Effect

  • [NL: Proposed new slide]


Cic and social support networks

CIC and Social Support Networks

Social isolation and impact on health

  • CIC as a Social Support Network:

    • Services to expand individuals networks (e.g. language classes).

    • Knowledge sharing (e.g. Federal Skills Workers Program, federal credential recognition, and social assistance application process).

    • Helping themselves by helping others


Social support networks key obstacles and opportunities

Social Support Networks: Key Obstacles and Opportunities

  • Obstacles:

    • Social Networks and vulnerable populations: A problem compounded

    • Hip bone connected to the knee bone?

  • Opportunities:

    • One part of a wider social support network: Summerset Community Health Center, Family Services Ottawa, Ottawa legal clinics

    • Promising results of host program


Social support networks policy recommendations

Social Support Networks: Policy Recommendations

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????


Catholic immigration centre of ottawa

Language Skills

  • [NL: Proposed new background slide for each social determinant of health – What does it mean? Why is it particularly relevant for newcomers?]


Cic and language skills

CIC and Language Skills

  • Language is a key barrier to accessing basic support services (particularly for refugees)

  • Access to health services – especially mental health support - is significantly impacted by language ability

    • Privacy concerns (e.g. children as interpreters, volunteer interpreters part of small diaspora community)

    • Challenges with providing counselling through an interpreter

  • Language training is the most highly utilized service offered by CIC


Language skills key obstacles and opportunities

Language Skills: Key Obstacles and Opportunities

  • Limited availability of translation and interpretation services through CIC

  • Lack of multicultural/multilingual health service providers in Ottawa

  • Mainstream health service providers need to become more culturally-sensitive


Language skills policy recommendations

Language Skills: Policy Recommendations

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


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