Sharing Settlement and Integration Practices that Work

Pathways to Prosperity has been contracted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to design, implement, and evaluate a process for identifying and sharing promising practices in immigrant settlement and integration with an empirical basis for their effectiveness. Over a two-year period, we will produce 25 videos and accompanying briefs on promising practices, targeting a range of service areas, providers, and client groups.

Promising practices are practices that have an objective basis for claiming effectiveness in achieving their stated aims and have the potential for replication. Thus, promising practices are defined in terms of their effectiveness, which can be empirically measured as successful outcomes of the practices. Our approach focuses not only on identifying truly promising practices, but on analyzing and sharing key features that can be replicated. Promising practices may have faced challenges in their initial implementation, and these challenges are also considered and analyzed so that others can learn from these experiences.

The project is co-led by the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC (AMSSA). The Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance (CISSA-ACSEI) and Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) are central partners.

The first call for nominations was launched in January 2019 and targeted the following service areas: promoting welcoming communities; language instruction in the workplace; information and orientation; supports for youth and addressing intergenerational issues; adapting settlement services and supports for rural and remote communities; and housing supports. A total of 79 nominations were received, and 6 practices were selected for further analysis.

The second call for nominations was launched in June 2019 and targeted the following service areas: adapting settlement and language services and supports for smaller, rural and northern communities; language instruction for and/or in the workplace (labour market language acquisition programs); developing strategic partnerships and collaborations to provide supports for immigrant settlement and integration; settlement services and supports that contribute to the physical and mental well-being of newcomer individuals and families; services and supports for vulnerable immigrant groups. A total of 64 nominations were received, and the next stages are in progress.


Featured Promising Practices

Program and OrganizationArea of PracticeLocationVideoBrief
Cultural Brokerage Program

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society
Supports for Youth and Addressing Intergenerational Issues
Calgary, ABWatch VideoDownload Brief
Entry Program

Altered Minds Inc.
Information and OrientationWinnipeg, MBWatch Video Download Brief
WES Gateway Program

World Education Services
Information and OrientationToronto, ON; Delivered across CanadaWatch VideoDownload Brief

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Inc.
Housing SupportsWinnipeg, MBWatch VideoDownload Brief
Welcome Group Program

Together Project - A Tides Canada Initiative
Promoting Welcoming CommunitiesToronto and Thunder Bay, ONWatch VideoDownload Brief
Welcome Ambassador Program

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia
Promoting Welcoming CommunitiesHalifax, NSWatch VideoDownload Brief

Related Information and Archived Call for Nominations