In January 2008, the PNSG Collaborative launched a systematic review of the existing literature related to newcomer settlement and integration. While the study focused on local data, it also analyzed research conducted in jurisdictions beyond Peel and Ontario.
PNSG drew on a number of initiatives including the Region of Peel’s five discussion papers on immigration, the Peel Immigration Web Portal, the Peel Labor Market Survey, research carried out by the Social Planning Council of Peel, the works of Mississauga Summit and Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC).
The research culminated in a report released in November 2008 and titled, Peel Community Report: a Profile of the Peel Community. It identified key demographic indicators of the Peel population specifically poverty, income, diversity, education, employment and language while highlighting immigration trends and neighborhoods with high immigrant concentrations.
Using this formative research as the base, PNSG conducted extensive community wide consultations to seek opinions from key stakeholders about prevalent settlement and integrations issues and solutions to address them. Consulting over 1400 stakeholders from all walks of life, the community conversations led to the ‘Vision of a New Model’ published in a report entitled, Newcomer Settlement and Inclusion in peel: Building on Existing Assets. This vision informed the strategic direction of newcomer settlement services and activities across Peel which PNSG will execute through its three core functions: Service Integration, Collective Impact and Research & Data.