Within the scope of the ACS-Metropolis project “Envisioning the Future of the Immigrant
Serving Sector” funded by the WES Mariam Assefa Fund, this review seeks to outline past
and present trends which will impact future outcome scenarios for newcomers and the
settlement sector. The critical trends analyzed include migration patterns and
newcomer demographics, the housing crisis, technological advancements, capacity
issues in the sector, IRCC funding and the use of alternative funding models, knowledge
sharing in the sector, as well as labour market trends including employer discrimination
and workers rights.
With support from the WES Mariam Assefa Fund, ACS-Metropolis Institute began
leading a two-year national action research project entitled Envisioning the Future of the
Immigrant-Serving Sector. In January 2021 ACS-Metropolis began conducting nationwide
research to discover how to strengthen the sector so that can be more responsive,
collaborative, innovative and sustainable. We identified actionable solutions by engaging
service providers, newcomers, policymakers, employers and other settlement sector
stakeholders through a mixed-method research approach.