Latest News

Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

Here we post new publications (studies, reports), government notices and more.

Launch of the Immigrant Insight Scholars (IIS) Initiative

Access Alliance is launching the Immigrant Insight Scholars (IIS) initiative. The IIS is a paid and mentored fellowship program for internationally educated researchers/analysts (e.g., epidemiologists, qualitative researchers, statisticians, evaluation experts) to utilize and strengthen their skills, and develop the local experience, track record, and professional network needed to transition to a successful career as a researchers/analyst in Canada.

Report: Being Involved in Uninvolved Contexts: Refugee Parent Involvement in Children’s Education

This community-based qualitative research focuses on the involvement experiences of refugee parents and the challenges they face in being involved in their children’s education. Although this research in based in the Manitoba context, some of the recommendations on how to promote refugee parental involvement may be applicable to the Ontario context.

Recorded Webinar on ODSP and Arts Council Grants

Artists who are deaf or disabled are encouraged by various government arts councils to apply for grants to pursue their artistic projects and develop their professional capacity. However, if those artists are on ODSP, the grants are treated as "income". This causes many artists with disabilities to fear that they would receive little or no benefit from those grants, or that their ODSP eligibility might be threatened. The ODSP Action Coalition, in cooperation with Workman Arts and other artists' groups, has published an information pamphlet to explain the rules to deaf and disabled artists.