STANDARDIZED NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND REFERRALS FOR NEWCOMERS TO CALGARY
Immigrants arriving in Calgary face several barriers to integration.
This challenge is made more complicated due to a lack of coordination between agencies during client intake, assessments, and referrals. Data-driven tracking, gaps in information sharing, and a lack of visibility for immigrant-related services mean that many professionals and families are falling through the cracks and having their civic, economic, and social integration pushed back by years.
Limited financial resources mean that families and professionals have less time to find the programs and resources which can help them.
Did you know?
70 percent of Calgary immigrants do not access services due to a lack of awareness.
– Calgary Local Immigration Partnership Survey 2018
Gateway is a pilot project aimed at positively transforming the experience of newcomers in Calgary by streamlining activities with an emphasis on data sharing, planning, welcome packages, and referrals to organizations.
Rather than taking immigrants on a winding path, Gateway works with dozens of local agencies to design a new system focused on preparation and planning.
Gateway is founded on Immigrant Services Calgary’s four strategic priorities. These guiding stars serve as the primary principles for this project, and when considered don’t seem nearly as hard as putting mankind on the moon.
Immigrant Services Calgary
1200, 910 – 7th Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2P3N8