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Toolbox of Ideas

Attracting & Retaining Immigrants
A Tool Box of Ideas for Smaller Centres

National Working Group on Small Centre Strategies. Funded by The Government of Canada (Citizenship and Immigration Canada).

The Toolbox is a practical tool for smaller centres to use as they build a strategy to address the issues surrounding the attraction and retention of immigrants. The Toolbox covers the breadth of issues and information necessary for diverse smaller centres to successfully implement their strategy.

A number of government and non-government immigration professionals from across Canada have developed a Tool Box of information and practical ideas to help your community attract and retain new people. The Tool Box will help you understand the challenging environment of laws and realities in which in migration can happen. It is available for free.

Topics covered in the Tool Box include Canada's population picture, the importance of community consensus and how to build it, Canada's immigration laws, getting organized, important key factors like family ties, employment and housing, attracting people whether immigrants or others, and the many attributes of a welcoming community and how to develop them. The Tool Box contains many practical examples, check lists, and reference sources. It is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation.



Resource Handout

   1. 20 Ways to Welcome a Newcomer to Your Community
   2. Dimensions of Culture
   3. Differences - Cultural Norms & Values
   4. Glossary of Terms Used in Understanding Diversity
   5. Guidelines for Multicultural Collaboration
   6. Our Learned Cultural Bias and Prejudice
   7. Diversity Awareness Continuum
   8. What am I Doing to Welcome Diversity?… Quiz
   9. Suggestions for Improving Cross-Cultural Communication
  10. Tips for Organizing a Multicultural - Diversity Event

Documents d’appui

   1. Vingt façons d’accueillir un immigrant dans votre collectivité
   2. Les dimensions de la culture
   3. Différences - Normes et valeurs culturelles
   4. Glossaire des termes aidant à comprendre la diversité
   5. Lignes directrices pour la collaboration multiculturelle
   6. Nos préjugés culturels acquis
   7. Continuum de sensibilisation à la diversité
   8. Suis-je prêt à accueillir la diversité?… Jeu questionnaire
   9. Suggestions pour améliorer la communication interculturelle
  10. Conseils pour organiser un événement sur le thème du multiculturalisme et de la diversité

Documents are in PDF format (unless otherwise noted).

Paper copies and CDs of the Tool Box booklet are available in English and French.


Lauren Kelly, Executive Assistant
(250) 388-4728 ext. 124