The Windsor-Essex Local Immigration Partnership (WE LIP) in partnership with Pathway to Potential, the City of Windsor, the County of Essex and the WE Value Partnership, organized an educational opportunity to learn more about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Newcomers to Canada. The Lunch and Learn session was held virtually on August 12th with over 68 community partners in attendance.

The presentation was delivered by Teresa Falsetta Aflak, a Social Investment Data and Research Analyst in the Social Policy & Planning Department of the City of Windsor, and covered the impact of COVID-19 on income security, food security as well as its impact on diverse populations.
As shared during the session, challenges posed by COVID-19 include access to internet and technology, reduced access to information, and impacts of social isolation. This information was followed by a presentation by the We Value Partnership that shared five thematic data sets on newcomer outcomes since the start of the pandemic.

Participants were encouraged to provide feedback through a survey that was sent following the session. The survey responses will help formulate an action plan of activities/responses as prioritized by the community. If you would like to learn more you can find a recording of the Lunch and Learn, as well as the presentation slide deck on WE LIP’s new Knowledge Sharing and Training webpage. We encourage you to share this with any colleagues, partners or interested parties that would benefit from this information.

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