NEEDS ASSESSMENT OF NEWCOMER/IMMIGRANT WOMEN IN YORK REGION
York Region Women’s Foundation will conduct research into the current social and emotional needs of women in York Region, with a focus on newcomer and immigrant populations. It is estimated that by 2031, 55 per cent of the Region’s population will be immigrants and 62 per cent will be visible minorities. York Region’s immigrant population is fundamental to the development of vibrant and diverse communities. To assist in the creation of welcoming and inclusive communities that promote the successful integration of all immigrants, a better understanding of the characteristics, strengths and needs of both established and recent immigrants is essential. This research will aim to determine what programming is needed to counteract the social and emotional isolation faced by newcomer/immigrant women in York Region. Research will be administered through a survey (150-200) and 4 focus groups. This project will train 10 newcomer women as volunteers to help in administering the survey. By incorporating volunteer women who can relate to the women being researched, this will help combat language barriers, combat feeling unsure/not trusting of social service providers and give the volunteer women a feeling of belonging and purpose. This will also allow women to be advocates and leaders for their own wellness and prosperity. This study will contribute to the York Region Settlement Strategy and findings will be shared with relevant stakeholders, service providers and political leaders.