Understanding Newcomer Experiences of Inclusion is a two-year community-based research project funded by the government of Alberta through the Settlement, Integration and Language Projects Grants program. This project seeks to examine newcomers’ experiences of settlement, integration, and inclusion and how these impact newcomer well-being. The intent is to find solutions to challenges faced by newcomers to Canada regarding settlement and integration.
Existing knowledge on newcomer settlement experiences and well-being is mostly from the perspective of service providers and little research has captured the perspectives of newcomers. The Understanding Newcomer Experiences of Inclusion research project aims to fill this gap by creating new qualitative and quantitative knowledge of newcomer settlement experiences and personal well-being in Alberta.
The research team will be doing both online and in person quantitative surveys as well as qualitative interviews. If you are are an individual or a community group that would like to participate in the survey or interview portion of the project please contact the project team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our info sheet provides more information about participating in the project. To access a .pdf file of the info sheet click here.
If you would like to let others know about our project, we also have a downloadable poster that you are very welcome to print and distribute! Our pdf poster is available at the following link: Understanding Newcomer Experiences of Inclusion poster
We are looking for research participants who are able to meet the following criteria to complete our survey:
• you are at least 18 years of age
• you currently reside in Alberta
• you are a newcomer who has lived in Canada for up to 10 years
You will receive a 10$ gift certificate for the completion of this survey
Note: As of January 2020 there are 250 $10.- Tim Horton’s gift cards remaining. We will announce when there are no longer any gift cards, but we would very much appreciate it if you are able complete the survey without the incentive of a gift card. Your data is extremely important to us. A larger amount of completed surveys will contribute to stronger data and findings.
To access the English language version our survey, please click the following link: Understanding Newcomer Experiences of Inclusion survey
We also have translated versions of the survey in a variety of languages:
To access the consent form for our survey, please click the following link: survey consent form
This project has been reviewed and approved by the Community Research Ethics Board. If you feel you have not been treated according to the descriptions in our information, or your rights as a participant in research have been violated during the course of this project, you may contact the Chair, Community Research Ethics Board, at: Community Research Ethics Office (Canada) Corp. c/o Centre for Community Based Research, 190 Westmount Road North, Waterloo ON N2L 3G5; Email: email@example.com Telephone: 1-888-411-2736.
Click here to access our letter of approval from the Community Research Ethics Board for this project: Letter of approval_UNEOI
How This Initiative Fits with Our Priorities
This project will generate knowledge in the area of newcomer wellbeing and provide a clearer understanding into the needs of newcomers in Alberta. The research findings can help us identify, strengthen and promote promising practices and initiatives that are already taking place in the settlement sector.