On September 27, 2018, the WE Value project team met with the Executive Directors of IRCC-funded organizations across Windsor-Essex to present their project.

Executive Directors were asked, in advance of the meeting, to consider one simple request. Would the be willing to consider the voluntary referral of a small percentage of new clients (up to 5%) in the 2019-2020 fiscal years, to participate in the pilot project.

It was important to emphasize that this meant that:

  • the YMCA SWO would conduct only the newly-developed settlement assessments before returning those clients to the original organizations
  • referrals were not to be considered redistribution or loss of clients and related funding
  • IRCC was locally aware of and supportive of the request to engage the broader settlement community in this pilot opportunity