Between 2019-2022, with input from the settlement and anti-violence sectors, and through funding from Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), this project will build the capacity of settlement and anti-violence sectors to co-develop a shared base of knowledge and to better support newcomers and refugees through a coordinated, comprehensive approach. Working collaboratively across Canada is a strategic way to make change happen. By building on current expertise, knowledge and resources in the anti-violence and settlement sectors, this coordinated effort recognizes the reality that newcomers and refugees continue to experience structural barriers to accessing support. Working together in partnership between the four organizations and engaging their members increases our ability to deliver GBV prevention and intervention and better serve individuals and families experiencing violence.
The project partners completed an initial needs assessment, which had three components: an environmental scan, an on-line survey with settlement and anti-violence organizations and key informant interviews with leaders in the field. Research highlights were distributed in March 2020.
The Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance – Alliance canadienne du secteur de l’établissement des immigrants (CISSA-ACSEI) is the immigrant settlement sector’s pan-Canadian voice.
CISSA-ACSEI is a national corporation whose purpose is to harness the expertise of the immigrant settlement sector and to act as the sector’s national voice to help build a Canadian society in which all immigrants and refugees are able to participate fully.
CISSA-ACSEI carries out its mission by:
Undertaking special projects, research initiatives, government relations and advocacy
Facilitating networking opportunities and sector coordination on various issues and/or initiatives that are pan-Canadian in scope
Helping the immigrant settlement sector advance public policy, enhance programming and strengthen newcomer outcomes in Canada
CISSA-ACSEI appointed Elmwood Community Resource Centre as the lead on this GBV project:
Ending Violence Association of Canada
Ending Violence Association of Canada (EVA CAN) is a national non-profit organization whose main purpose is to educate and respond to gender based violence at the national level.
For many years those responding to sexual assault, intimate partner violence and child abuse have often been predominantly working in separate sectors. These programs are often in positions of having to compete for a slice of the social policy agenda, for funding and for awareness of the issues.
Gender-based violence (GBV) is a complex issue that requires an integrated analysis and a national conversation to include all of the sectors needed to respond or foster prevention.
OCASI was formed in 1978 to act as a collective voice for immigrant serving agencies and to coordinate responses to shared needs and concerns.
The Mission of OCASI is to achieve equality, access and full participation for immigrants and refugees in every aspect of Canadian life.
OCASI is a registered charity governed by a volunteer board of directors. Its membership is comprised of more than 200 community-based organizations in the province of Ontario.
Serving as centers of community across Canada, responding to the needs of newcomers is a key part of the YMCA's purpose. For generations, Canada's YMCA's have been welcoming newcomers and supporting them in building their new lives with a strong framework of programs and a history of partnerships with like-minded agencies and all levels of government.
YMCA Immigrant Services provides a variety of programs for individuals, children, youth, and families. With a focus on successful settlement for the whole family, we are working together to build healthy inclusive communities.
Kathryn Bates-Khan, Project Manager, YMCA of Greater Halifax/ Dartmouth
Deb Tomlinson, Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services
Nina Condo, CISSA-ACSEI Representative, Elmwood Community Resource Centre
Sajedeh Zahraei, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
Tracy Porteous, Ending Violence Association B.C.
Erin Whitmore, Ending Violence Association of Canada
Lauren Barker, Elmwood Community Resource Centre
Margarita Pintin-Perez, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
With support from:
Salina Abji, Research Consultant
Deepa Mattoo, Strategy Consultant
Jess Notwell, Centre for Community Based Research, Evaluation Consultant
Ninu Kang, Mosaic, Participant at Strategic Vision Meeting
Patty Parsons, Elmwood, Participant at Strategic Vision Meeting