Background & Reference Material on the Themes Addressed by the ForumJuly 13, 2013
What is a Welcoming Community: An Overview (2013) Meyer Burstein, Pathways to Prosperity Partnership
This snapshot review gives a definition of a welcoming community and provides fifteen essential characteristics that are largely acknowledged to be the constituting blocks of a welcoming community. The overview is a brief adaptation from the “Characteristics of a Welcoming Community” (2010) study by the Welcoming Communities Initiative.
Characteristics of a Welcoming Community (2010) Welcoming Communities Initiative
This study provides a review of the current consensus by newcomers, policy makers and academics on the key characteristics of a welcoming community. It draws its findings from an extensive survey of the relevant scholarly literature, government (federal, provincial/territorial, and municipal) and community reports, and case study examples from the public and private sectors. The report acknowledges that there are gaps in supporting evidence of these characteristics, and suggests a strategy for further evaluation of their relevance and impact.
International Students in Ottawa: Facts and Observations (2013) Meyer Burstein, Pathways to Prosperity Partnership
This statistical factsheet provides recent data on international students in Ottawa, drawing longitudinal comparisons with other comparable municipalities in Canada. It also makes observations on the expected trends and opportunities for international student attraction and retention in Ottawa based on Ottawa’s comparative advantages and the current policy and international context.
Best Practices for Integration of International Students in Atlantic Canada: Findings and Recommendations (2013) Sinziana Chira, Chedly Belkhodja
This report examines best practices and gaps in international student settlement and integration linked to existing policies, programs and practices, and the specific issues related to labour market integration. The report focuses on the Atlantic Canadian context, and provides comparisons between urban and rural communities in relation to their capacity of international student retention.
Francophone Immigration in Ottawa: Trends, Issues and Current Action (2013) RSIFEO and OLIP
This one-page report provides a brief overview of the current levels and trends of francophone immigration in Ottawa, and an analysis of some of the factors that may explain the observed trends. The report also highlights the key barriers to francophone immigrants’ integration in Ottawa, and outlines the approach that the Réseau de soutien à l’immigration francophone de l’Est de l’Ontario has taken to address them.