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Who We Are

The WHTO Vision

We envision a dynamic settlement network where all newcomers are welcomed with open hearts and minds, and supported to reach their highest potential for a stronger Canada.

INFORM


Develop and share insights and personal stories of settlement from diverse perspectives.

CONNECT


Create collaborative spaces and opportunities where newcomers and Canadians engaged in settlement efforts can connect, communicate, and collectively work towards a more effective refugee settlement experience.

EMPOWER


Empower and support community-driven, refugee-focused initiatives.

INSPIRE


Inspire existing and potential settlement supporters to create or adapt innovative solutions to the integration process.

Meet a Book. Open your Heart. Grow your mind.

NEWCOMER THE SETTLEMENT SECTOR COLLECTION 

Rodrigo 

The Welcome Card 

BREAKING THE LANGUAGE BARRIER REPORT

THOUGHT PIECES

Read to Speak – Community ESL Bookclub

Our recent report Breaking the Language Barrier, we identified several challenges and needs of English as Second Language curriculum for newcomers. One of main frustrations newcomers had with existing ESL programs was that the “end-points of ESL classes rarely...
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The Words We Use by Emma Bartel

The World University Service of Canada (WUSC) Student Refugee Program brings refugee students to Canada as permanent residents, and provides support for them to continue higher education at one of 83 university campuses across the country. My family has been involved...
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BOUND by Against the Grain Theater – What is it about?

We heard about Against the Grain Theater incorporating testimonies of refugees and displaced peoples settlement experience in their new production BOUND.  We wanted to hear more about how they came to create this new performance and why the refugee crisis is the...
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Response to the Auditor General’s Report 3: Settlement Services for Syrian Refugees

“We were concerned about the department’s inability to track whether the Syrian refugees had access to basic provincial services, such as health care and education – especially considering that part of the department’s objective was to help Syrian refugees benefit...
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Barriers to Health Care by Emma Bartel

What does the literature have to say about…  This article is part of a series summarizing research conducted in Canada related to refugee health and settlement. This segment is focused on:   BARRIERS TO HEALTH CARE   Research studies have unveiled a number...
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Get to know Destin AI, Jusoor Disruptor Lab Winner

Destin.ai founder and CEO Nargiz Mammadova  sat down to tell us how she developed her artificial intelligence platform to help newcomers integrate, how it can help Canada become more inclusive and whats on the horizon for Destin.ai.     What does a typical...
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Our weekend at #MigrahackTO

It’s a gray day in Toronto, with rain pouring on the empty streets downtown. Inside the cozy confines of Mozilla’s Adelaide Street office a group of hackers, facilitated by Bianca Wylie, are reviewing the insights, challenges and opportunities surfaced over the course...
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MCIS Language Solutions to host #MigrahackTO

MCIS Language Solutions will host #MigrahackTO on November 3rd – 5th. This community hackathon brings together journalists, web developers and non-profit organizations. Together they will be educated on visualizing data, the stories behind the numbers and...
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Get to know Jusoor Disruptor Lab Education and Learning winner and On the Spot Language founder Anesh Daya

We managed to fit into the busy schedule of On the Spot Language founder and winner of Jusoor Disruptor Lab for education and learning, Anesh Daya.  We wanted to know more about his Newcomer Program, what this win means for the organization and how his curriculum...
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Jusoor Fifth Annual Global Conference: Newcomer Food Exhibitor Ani Hjir

With Jusoors Fifth Annual Global Conference happening this weekend, We wanted to know more about newcomers who will be sharing their settlement journeys, as well as the initiatives which helped them integrate socially and economically into Canada. I was lucky enough...
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WHTO seems to cut through the red tape and gets at the heart of the real challenges facing newcomers, and inspires and empowers viable, sustainable solutions.

From attending our adult ESL classes, to inviting us to speak at their Month 13 event, WHTO believed in and guided On the Spot Language. Our partnership has resulted in On the Spot Language launching our pilot Newcomer Program.

Language has emerged as one of the most significant challenges for refugees as they are now passed Month 13. The quality of existing ESL programs has repeatedly been a contention in newcomers being able to progress their language skills, and in turn hindering their integration process.

WHTO connects the right people they have done and continue to do so, for On the Spot Language. Not only has WHTO given us a voice, but has continued to motivate and inspire us to keep on fighting the fight and not to give up. 

The entire team at WHTO has supported On the Spot Language believing in what we’re doing to truly help these newcomers to reach their highest potential and to make Canada a stronger country.

Anesh Daya

Founder and Director of Studies, On the Spot Language

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