Immigrating to a new country takes courage and determination. Newcomers are often faced with significant barriers, such as looking for employment and housing, learning a new language and culture, and having to address credential recognition and discrimination. Furthermore, newcomers often lose their local social networks when moving to a new country. All of this can create detrimental compounding effects. To ensure a just and prosperous future for all, it is important to discuss the implications of these barriers, and the support needed for newcomer mental health and wellbeing.
Newcomers need the support of their community to thrive and reach their full potential in Canada. Employers, governments, communities, and organizations alike all have a role to play in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of newcomers.
If you are a newcomer or you represent an organization that supports newcomers, you won’t want to miss this discussion.