Supporting Settlement through Healthy Living Programs for Newcomer Girls and Women
The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS), with support from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), is working on an exciting new project focused on building capacity among community, provincial/territorial and national healthy living service providers to better understand the needs of newcomer girls and women.
The goal is to better engage newcomer girls and women in healthy living, physical activity and sport programs, as a way to further their integration into communities and contribute to their overall quality of life.
For Newcomer Girls and Women
For Community Stakeholders
Core Components of the Initiative
1. Recruitment of Community Partners
CAAWS conducted an open call for community partners with an interest in expanding their engagement of newcomer girls and women and the capacity to commit to carrying out four projects over the course of two years. 20 partners were identified from across Canada. See below for more on the partners.
2. Focus Groups and Workshops
To increase knowledge within the community partners and to foster connections with newcomer girls and women, CAAWS supported the partners to do local consultations.
- 26 Focus Groups with 381 Newcomer girls and women were conducted in partnership with the 20 selected Community Partners in communities across Canada. The focus group results were then shared with community stakeholders during follow up stakeholder workshops.
- 20 Workshops took place with 262 stakeholders in attendance. These stakeholders were selected by Community Partners from various industries: public health, parks and recreation departments, local sports clubs, settlement agencies, multicultural associations, not for profit organizations and associations, and newcomer welcome centres. Each workshop was tailored to the specific community and included the relevant newcomer girls/women data and focus group results.
3. Community Projects
Each Community Partner, with the guidance and support of their Community Advisory Committee, is undertaking four projects to increase engagement of newcomer girls and women. The projects are taking place over two years, with two projects per year.
4. Community Advisory Committees
Each community partner formed a Community Advisory Committee following the focus groups and workshops. The Committees have representation from a variety of stakeholder groups to help guide the local projects.
5. Sharing of Learnings and Promising Practices
Throughout the project, CAAWS will compile and share the valuable learnings and promising practices acquired by the 20 Community Partners and disseminate them to the Canadian sport and physical activity system to help build capacity across the country.