New strategies for improving immigrants’ access to local services

Guelph, ON, July 2, 2015 – The Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership’s Access to Services Committee has released a new report that explores strategies for enhancing newcomers’ access to services through a community-wide approach.

The report—A Review of Promising Practices for Enhanced Access to Services for Newcomers in Guelph-Wellington—considers many evidence-based practices including service delivery models, programs, resources, and tools that have successfully reduced barriers to access elsewhere in Canada. It offers 20 recommendations for service providers and policy makers in Guelph and Wellington County. These include suggestions on how to improve outreach strategies and enhance access to services for immigrants without full status and rural newcomers.

“The report is meant to stimulate a conversation about what is possible and needed in Guelph and Wellington County. Committee members will use it to build on the work already being done by various agencies that welcome newcomers to our communities,” says Alex Goss, project manager of the Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership. “The 20 recommendations are inspiring and offer broad and specific suggestions for improving access to services that require varying amounts of planning.”

Goss adds, “Although the report is focused on newcomers, many of the suggestions are relevant to and can be adopted by any organization looking to improve access to its services, regardless of client group.”

To view the report, commissioned with Wilfrid Laurier’s University’s Social Innovation Research Group, visit

About the Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership

The Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership (GWLIP) is a large coalition of individuals from many sectors in the community. By addressing the social and economic challenges that immigrants face, it is creating a more caring, equitable, welcoming, and inclusive community. The GWLIP is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and hosted by the City of Guelph.

For more information

Alex Goss, Project Manager
Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership
519-822-1260 extension 2634