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Immigration Trends and Funding Implications
Over the past few months we’ve seen reports about changing trends in Canadian immigrant settlement patterns, and the rise of provinces such as Manitoba, in terms of innovation, welcoming communities and efforts at better integration. Just before Christmas, the federal government announced changes to some settlement funding that come, in part, from changes to the nature of the way organizations are being funded (see last year’s new RFP process, referred to as “settlement modernization”). A look at CIC statistics of Permanent Resident landings from 2000 to 2009 shows a clear downward trend in some cities, such as Toronto, and large increases in others.
Toronto appears to be hardest hit by the funding cuts (or reallocation). More recent articles have started to look at potential impacts in other Ontario cities: Feds cut immigrant settlement funding for Windsor, Local [Guelph] immigrant services face funding cuts.
The Saskatoon Star Phoenix provides an important insight “But unless governments have intelligent policies and work with local groups to make the investments that support newcomers establish deep roots in other regions of Canada, the magnet of MTV – Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver – will attract secondary waves of migration that put further pressure on the very agencies that Mr. Kenney’s cuts have targeted.” This sentiment is more fully explored by Alan Broadbent in his article The Three I’s of Immigration Integration: “In the successful integration of immigrants, there are three necessary conditions: intentionality, instruments, and investment.”
There is very little discussion about secondary migration patterns, which tend to have an impact on Ontario cities, even if they’re not officially caught or acknowledged in settlement statistics. However, the focus on immigrants and refugees in other parts of Canada is refreshing: Making a life and home in Saint John, City [Calgary] preps for immigrants, A banner year for open arms [in Manitoba], Immigrant influx changing face of PEI, Xenophobes beware, more immigrants are coming [to B.C.].
Poverty, from Information to Action
The Toronto Star ended the week with a couple of articles suggesting we should not only care about poverty and inequality, but be angry about it: Goar: Why you should care about inequality, Fiorito: Poverty makes us sick; it ought to make us angry. Also, the Guelph Mercury provides some insights about what it means to be ‘working poor’.
Connecting this sentiment to the education system, there are a few articles that suggest that our schools can do better, along with an article that shows how one board might have something worth following: Inequality is bad for everyone – including the health of children in Toronto’s schools, Opinion: Schools must do better for weakest 10% of students, York school board finds key to success.
The Wellesly Institute, which posted a great deal on this topic in the past week, ends wondering whether comprehensive, collaborative place-based initiatives to reduce poverty work. The article provides a summary of a 2010 meeting about place-based poverty reduction efforts in Canada. It seems that a “3 I’s” approach to poverty reduction may have a place here as well.
Building Diversity in Community
Three stories about public displays of diversity will likely continue to get some attention. The first is certainly the largest effort: Construction of Aga Khan Museum finally in full swing.
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) reports on a controversial Sikh temple, which is now set to proceed in Guelph.
The final example provides an interesting case of what the tipping point is for a the naming or renaming of a community or business area (in this case, to officially recognize a culture or ethnicity of impact, importance or influence in a business area). Since the summer of 2010 Samuel Getachew has been advocating for the creation of a “Little Ethiopia” on Danforth Avenue. A recent Globe and Mail article suggests that this dream may soon become a reality.