Partnering for Population Priorities
In this blog, we had the opportunity to talk to Aamna Ashraf, Director of Peel Newcomer Strategy Group (PNSG) and Peel Counts partner.
PNSG launched under the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement (COIA) in 2008. In 2010, PNSG became the Peel LIP (Local Immigration Partnership). LIPs operate under a best practice models of local immigrant settlement and integration planning services driven by four distinct objectives:
• Improve access to and the coordination of services that facilitate newcomer settlement and integration
• Improve access to the labour market for newcomers
• Strengthen local and regional awareness and capacity to attract, receive, integrate and retain newcomers
• Enhance partnerships and participation of multiple stakeholders in the planning, delivery and coordination of integration services.
For Ashraf, the partnership is a natural fit with both having strong alignment around system navigation and access to services, and supporting newcomers in Peel. “For PNSG, Peel Counts supports our efforts to ensure that the work we do is not in isolation of planning and service delivery at a system level. It incorporates the newcomer perspective into Peel Counts’ top priorities,” says Ashraf.
Peel Counts’ top three priorities - Educating the Future, Better Quality of Life, and Healthy Communities – each have several indicators attached to it that measure its progress. And while we have baseline data for many of the indicators under each priority, we do not have data at disaggregated levels of variables such as ethnicity, age, gender, race and newcomer status. Peel Counts has moved forward with a working group to address the gap in baseline data for these areas of equity.
As the Co-Chair for the Racialized Data Strategy, this gives PNSG another opportunity to draw out disaggregated data that tells the full picture of population-based data. Peel Counts’ Racialized Data Strategy collects equity-based disaggregated data on variables such as race, sexual orientation, gender, age, newcomer status from its community agencies. “Collecting disaggregated data is critical to helping us understand the issues newcomers face so that we can identify and put in place appropriate solutions,” says Ashraf. For PNSG, this work will be a key part in helping to deliver on the organizations four strategic priorities:
• Ensuring accessible, people-centred services for all newcomers
• Creating a continuum of effective employment strategies
• Enhancing the receptivity of the host community
• Strengthening service coordination and planning across Peel Region
For more about PNSG visit: peelnewcomer.org