Social integration

Social Return on Investment (SROI) Pilot Project (2012)

Using a technique called social return on investment (SROI), the authors of this report measure the impact of the service provided by a supported employment program in eastern Newfoundland.

Avalon Employment Inc. was formed in 1993, with the mandate of providing long-term paid employment in the business community to people with barriers to employment, in particular to those with developmental or intellectual disabilities.

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2014-02-03

Webinar: Innovative Approaches to Improving the Literacy and Essential Skills of Immigrants (2013)

This document, part of a webinar presented in November 2013, looks at innovative models and best practices for integrating Essential Skills (ES) into a variety of immigrant settlement services.

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2014-01-21

Libraries Connecting Communities (2013)

This paper looks at how two libraries in Nepal have reduced the traditional social exclusion of women in rural communities by creating spaces and opportunities for women to participate in learning.

In Nepalese communities, men and women have specific and culturally separate roles, the author explains. Girls face restricted access to education, and continue to lose their independence as they get older.

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2014-01-15

Loewen (2005)

Case Study

Loewen, Canada’s largest producer of premium wood windows and doors, has established a foundation skills program to help its employees, and to help the company grow.

Loewen’s manufacturing facility in Steinbach, Manitoba, employees about 1,700 people, many of them are immigrants whose first language is not English.

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2014-01-08

Libraries, Literacy, and Social Inclusion (2013)

On the surface, it seems that everyone feels welcome at their community library, says the author of this paper. But many people are intimidated by libraries and, for a variety of reasons, feel they are not welcome.

The author looks at a number of programs designed to encourage libraries to draw in socially marginalized groups, which may include the poor, the elderly, Aboriginal people, the unemployed, and immigrants.

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2013-11-12

Living the Canadian Dream [Video - 1:36] (2011)

This video offers a brief look at how Engineers Canada, the national licensing body for the profession, works with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) to assess the credentials of internationally trained engineers.

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2013-05-29

Working with Newcomers: Tips for culturally-diverse Canadian organizations – Companion Resource Guide (2012)

This document is one of three resources prepared by Alberta Workforce Essential Skills (AWES), a nonprofit organization dedicated to building an adaptable and innovative workforce. It can be used with the participant workbook and the facilitator guide for face-to-face training in workshops, or it can be used on its own by organizations with limited opportunities for training.

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2013-04-17

A chance for a better life: Development of the Immigrant Workforce in Smaller Communities and Rural Alberta (2012)

Final Report

This document outlines a year-long research project carried out by Alberta’s Bow Valley College to assess the workforce development needs of immigrants in rural communities or small urban centres in that province. The project included a literature review, interviews, questionnaires, and a focus group.

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2013-01-31

Stella's Circle: Hope Lives Here (2012)

Presentation at the Fall Institute 2012, Saint John, NB – October 14 – 16, 2012

This presentation explains how a social services agency in St. John’s, Newfoundland, is using social enterprise to provide education and training to men and women who have significant barriers to employment. Stella’s Circle refers to the programs offered by Stella Burry Community Services, named for a pioneering social worker in Newfoundland.

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2013-01-14

Disabilities – Fact Sheet (2012)

This fact sheet offers an overview of the impact of disabilities on literacy and suggests ways to help people with disabilities become fully integrated into society.

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2012-12-05

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