Integrating immigrants key to Toronto's future
The successful integration of immigrants is not simply a matter of individual efforts by newcomers to
In a cosmopolitan city like
In light of our aging population and our declining birth rate, we’ll rely more and more on immigrants as a key resource for building and strengthening our city and country. By 2011,
Based on these imminent realities, we need to continue to effectively integrate new immigrants into our communities, especially if they choose
This is why Maytree incubates ideas and collaborates with many stakeholders on local practical solutions for immigrant integration. This is also why we are communicating and partnering with national and international organizations on solutions that work.
We know these initiatives have made a meaningful and tangible impact on
A few key highlights:
Since the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council was launched in 2003 by Maytree and the Toronto City Summit Alliance, a range of successful projects have helped skilled immigrants integrate smoothly into the Greater Toronto Region labour market.
Now through the ALLIES project, a partnership with The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, cities across
The Mentoring Partnership is another successful program founded in
Over 50 corporate partners from the private and public sector have been actively engaged in the program as a means to nurture their staff’s leadership capacity and to build cross-cultural competence in an increasingly diverse workforce.
Through a recently launched national initiative, urban cities across
DiverseCity, another project launched by Maytree and the Toronto City Summit Alliance, supports and develops up-and-coming leaders from under-represented ethnic and racial groups to address their low numbers in senior leadership positions in the Greater Toronto Area. Other communities across the country are interested in learning how to ensure that institutions are governed by qualified leaders who are more reflective of their population.
Cities of Migration, also a Toronto-based project, is the first international initiative to connect communities in
While Maytree has had a hand in shaping these projects and solutions, we have not developed these ideas alone. It is only with the vision, energy and innovation of key players including employers, educators, community agencies, media, civic leaders and government, that
This collaborative approach is yet another reason why communities around the world are looking to
Indeed there is still much work to be done in
For that, our city should be proud.