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Housing New Canadians
is a university / community research partnership focused
on housing access and discrimination in the Toronto area,
where about 40% of all newcomers to Canada settle.
New Canadians search for housing, employment,
and educational opportunities with different degrees of
success. How open are our cities, our neighbourhoods, our
housing markets, and our housing waiting lists to the "others"
– to people who are new to the country and often very
different from more established Canadians?
Finding a suitable place to live in a
good-quality, supportive neighbourhood is an important first
step toward successful settlement. Understanding the barriers
that immigrants face in searching for housing in metropolitan
areas can help community members, local agencies, policy
makers, and professionals develop more responsive and equitable
The Housing New Canadians Research Working
Group, established in 1992, carries out research on the
nature of the housing search process used by immigrants
and refugees; the quality, adequacy, and cost of the housing
they obtain; the degree to which their housing needs are
met; and the nature and extent of any housing-related discrimination
they experience. The goal of the Working Group is to improve
policies, programs, and practices.
The "housing experience" of
New Canadians has three facets: access to housing (the physical
housing unit); the house as home and as the setting for
life and work (the social, psychological, and cultural roles
of housing); and the neighbourhood and community context
(the broader housing environment).
The Working Group focuses on access to
housing – that is, the process by which New Canadians
find housing. Most previous studies have examined outcomes,
such as the nature and extent of residential segregation
The research is supported by grants from
the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada,
the Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration
and Settlement, and the Centre for Urban and Community Studies.
The first phase, a series of case studies of four newcomer
groups – Jamaicans, Salvadoreans, Somalis and Poles
– is nearly complete.
Research reports and conference papers
are available on the Working Group’s website. The
website also contains related research on housing discrimination
and housing rights.
For further information:
Sylvia Novac, University
tel 416-978-1345; firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert A. Murdie, York
tel 416-36-5107; email@example.com
Ken Dion, University
tel 416-978-7613; firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Toronto
tel 416-978-4093; email@example.com