Establishing social connections in a new community can help immigrants better integrate and ultimately build stronger connections to their new home. Fostering civic and social connections will reduce isolation for some of the most vulnerable community members.
Civic participation is particularly important for giving newcomers the tools to help be engaged in the local decision-making process and helping them understand the role they play in shaping their community to better support their families as well as other future residents. STELIP will find more opportunities for newcomers to volunteer in areas that are meaningful to them and their families. Specific areas that have the potential to include more immigrant perspectives include the parent councils, boards, school lunch programs, local faith groups, or local neighbourhoods.
As we develop more ways to engage them, newcomers will be able to exhibit their social and civic inclusion that will support the development of welcoming, caring, and inclusive communities.