Peel Newcomer Strategy Group is consulting on a key question: What might newcomer settlement sector funding and governance look like with regional-level disbursement and accountability in Peel?
The Regional Accountability Models for Settlement project (RAMS) is initiated and funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as part of the Service Delivery Improvement stream.
Peel Newcomer Strategy Group (PNSG) is one of the local immigration partnerships across Canada invited by IRCC to develop a regional model for community-based planning and funding. IRCC recognizes that newcomer settlement and integration occur locally, and that decision-making at the local-level may improve the effectiveness of service delivery, leading to better outcomes for newcomers.
The goal of the RAMS Project is to carry out a co-design process through community consultations towards a shared recommended model for regional settlement funding accountability.
The model will be developed over a two-year period in collaboration with stakeholders from Peel-based newcomer-serving agencies. PNSG is partnering with the Centre for Community-Based Research (CCBR) for this project. It will be carried out in three phases:
- Project formation phase
- Environmental scan phase
- Model development phase
The findings of this project will be shared with IRCC to inform the development of future funding models, including possible testing in the future.
Laying the Foundation (December 2021 – March 2022)
- On January 21, 2022, PNSG hosted the first information forum to share the project concept with interested stakeholders. Please see video: RAMS MEETING
- An advisory committee has been formed of 11 partners from settlement and related organizations to guide the project, and support with designing the model.
(March 2022 – December 2022)
- A Peel-specific newcomer demographic data summary
- A review of existing funding models in operation in other sectors or regions
- A survey with settlement service providers in Peel region to identify how programs that support newcomers are currently being funded
- A series of place and issue-based focus groups with service providers across the settlement sector
- A community forum to share outcomes of the environmental scan phase
Locate a Funding Host and Finalize Model
(January 2023 – March 2024)
- Identify and consult with different potential funding hosts to learn about their ability and capacity to manage the funds
- Dialogue between advisory committee and funding hosts about how settlement funds might be governed if they became the host
- Develop the final Peel-specific regional accountability model and its implementation plan
- Compile the final report with model recommendations to be shared with IRCC
- Conduct a project evaluation with stakeholders
Opportunities to participate
PNSG welcomes the participation of a broad range of settlement stakeholders. Please consider joining in!
- Complete the sector baseline survey
- Sign-up for a focus group
- Attend a community information forum (Details below)
COMMUNITY INFORMATION FORUM
RAMs is hosting a Community Information Forum for community members and settlement stakeholders on September 16, 2022 from 9:30am to 11:30am.
The forum is an opportunity for community members and settlement stakeholders to learn about the environmental scan undertaken by the project team, and contribute ideas and offer feedback on next steps towards creating Peel region’s model. The forum will be discussing:
- The project purpose and roadmap
- Current funding and governance model
- Overview of the regional models
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Peel-based representatives from service providing agencies that serve newcomers, funders, and newcomers themselves, if they are interested in the innerworkings of settlement funding. Those interested, please email [email protected]