The Rural Pathways for Newcomer Women in Grey Bruce project ended on March 31st 2021. The project was extremely successful, despite the challenges of the Covid 19 pandemic! Diverse newcomers, community groups and organizations learned about barriers to employment that newcomer women experience in Grey Bruce, then developed new tools and resources for newcomer women, employers and our community. More than 200 people from all walks of life and backgrounds participated in this 18 month project – an indication of the importance of this work for newcomers, employers and community members.

Thank you to everyone who participated in surveys, interviews, on the Project Advisory Committee, as members of the Employment and Newcomer Sub Committees, participants at the Virtual Mixer and Knowledge Exchange workshops and to all of the participants who attended Employer Training webinars, and Skill Building Workshops for Newcomer Women. We couldn’t have done it without our engaged community members.

Thanks as well to the board of Welcoming Communities and United Way of Bruce Grey for their administrative support. A very big thank you to May Ip and Olga Gura, for outstanding project coordination and leadership. Finally, thanks go to IRCC for funding this important research and development project.

We have developed new resources for Grey Bruce, and any rural community that wants to improve the economic and social integration of newcomer women:

Success for Everyone Toolkit

Pathways to Employment Assessment Tool

Rural Pathways Project Developmental Evaluation Report

Newcomer Women in Grey Bruce Survey Report

Employer, Employment Services and Community Stakeholders Consultation Report