A Collège Boréal research project aims to strengthen the socio-economic integration model for newcomers
The socio-economic integration of newcomers to Canada is a key issue that mobilizes all levels of government and prompts significant investments.
As an active player in the field of immigration since 2007 through a comprehensive series of training, establishment and integration services, Collège Boréal is undertaking at its Windsor campus a wide-reaching research project on the impact of efforts being made to strengthen the model being used to assist newcomers.
With a grant of $346,000 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) through its College and Community Social Innovation Fund, this project focuses on communities of French-speaking and/or Arab-speaking newcomers from African or Middle-Eastern countries. A partnership was established with three local francophone communities: the Congolese community association of Windsor-Essex, the Burundian community association of Windsor and the Rwandan community of Windsor’s socio-cultural association.
Unlocking the socio-economic potential of newcomers
Research on the socio-economic integration of newcomers provides communities with applicable knowledge. In collaboration with its partners, this project will specifically look for innovative ways to improve the delivery model for newcomer services through a three-stage approach: evaluate existing services, reflect on the role of stakeholders in the socio-economic integration of newcomers, and lastly, deploy a new model throughout the Windsor-Essex community, which could thereafter be extended to immigration service organizations throughout the country.
Led by Dr. Robin Craig, director of applied research at Collège Boréal, and Mr. Frédéric Boulanger, director of the Windsor campus of Collège Boréal, this project brings together experts in the fields of immigration and social work, along with students.
“The services and training offered by organizations like Collège Boréal are vital to the socio-economic integration of newcomers to Canada. This project aims to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the current model and bring about adaptations and improvements based on novel solutions and more innovative approaches.”
Robin Craig, director of Recherche et Innovation Boréal, Collège Boréal
“I am excited that Boréal’s Windsor campus has been chosen for this excellent project. The socio-economic integration of newcomers is the fundamental goal of the strategies our team has developed to deliver immigration services. The input of community stakeholders involved in welcoming and integrating newcomers will help this project to strategically bolster and rejuvenate immigration programs and services in the Windsor-Essex region.”
Frédéric Boulanger, director of Collège Boréal’s Windsor campus
About Collège Boréal
Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French language post-secondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of communities throughout Ontario.
Collège Boréal offers comprehensive programs and services in seven campuses and 38 access centres located in 26 communities throughout the province. Since 1995, approximately 120,000 clients across Ontario have benefited from Collège Boréal’s expertise relating to post-secondary education, training programs, immigration and settlement services, and employment services. Collège Boréal has established over 120 articulation agreements with other post-secondary institutions.
According to the Key Performance Indicators recognized by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Collège Boréal holds the top rank in two of the five areas surveyed: graduation rate, and, for a fourth consecutive year, student satisfaction. These results are proof that investing in human capital is Boréal’s strength.
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