The Welcoming Communities Forum identified strong community support and interest in building a more inclusive and welcoming approach to a wide range of newcomers. This was demonstrated through active engagement and attendance by the 70 participants at the Forum. The discussion and panel clearly identified community needs and a list of recommended actions to improve our communities ability to attract and retain newcomers.
One key recommendation was to increase coordination between existing agencies and services. Existing services need to be more coordinated and learn about the information needs of newcomers. Existing services can be more proactive identifying barriers to participation (ethnic, language, religious, cultural, sexual orientation, disability) and in the development of collective strategies to address these. There was a suggestion to include Newcomer Strategies with the Poverty Task Force.
See the full report for recommendations and next steps: Summary Community Forum May 9 2013 (final)
Welcoming Communities – Inclusive Communities
Grey Bruce Community Forum
Thursday, May 9th 2013
9am – 12:00
Shoreline Room, Harry Lumley Bayshore
Community Forum presented by the Grey Bruce Welcoming Communities Initiative. Asking our community How can we attract and support newcomers, new businesses, and new Canadians? What can we learn from the experience of other communities? How are we welcoming? What supports and services do newcomers need? What action is needed and who needs to be involved?