Newcomer Women's Services Toronto

Newcomer Women's Services Toronto (NEW) has been delivering educational and employment opportunities for immigrant women and their children for over 30 years. We believe strong women build a strong community.

Our Impact Why We Exist

For the past 32 years, we’ve been helping immigrant women from all around the world to become part of the wider community. With the help of volunteers and community partners, our friendly, all-female staff provides employment and settlement services, skills development, and language training, completely free of charge. 

NEW works with 3,000 women a year to get them jobs, training, providing quality childcare services. We have mother-child reading circles to build skills in English, cooking workshops to support nutrition and intergenerational exercise classes to support healthy living for families who have experienced poverty and trauma.

NEW provides a safe, welcoming environment for newcomer women and their families. For many of the staff and participants, NEW is like a second home and there’s always room for more women to join us.

Girls Night Out! Smoke-free Leadership CampOur Story What We Do

In 2013, we received the CASSA "Excellence in Equity" Award, in recognition of outstanding contribution to gender equity work. Our programs have been featured on CBC Metro Morning, the Toronto Star, CTV and HuffPostLive. 

Championing Well-Being & A Sense of Belonging in Our New Home

  • Last year, 1148 recently arrived women were connected to supports around their immigration, finding a family doctor, leaving an abusive relationship, or enrolling their children in schools.

  • In the past four years, we have connected 1,200 women to jobs. Our Green Entrepreneurship Studio supports women to create their own online sewing businesses, with repurposed clothes from Goodwill Toronto.

  • 45 girls stood in their own power and graduated from our Fight Like A Girl!, an activist & self-defense training program.

  • The inaugural Women, Power & Change programme trained 22 women to act as peer activist leaders -  leading to over 100 attend the #SheSpeaks economic justice conference.

  • Our book Re-Imaging the Sky: An Anthology by Newcomer Women’s Collective was published by TSAR Press with 74 pieces of fiction, poetry and essays from weekly writing circles to nurture emerging New Canadian writers.

Re-imaging the Sky: an anthology by newcomer women book launchOur Programs How We Do It

Why are these programs so vital?

Newcomer women have an unemployment rate three times higher than Canadian-born women and, nationwide, a newcomer woman is four times more likely to experience violence and poverty.

According to the Toronto's Vital Signs Report 2014, Canada has the largest proportion (over one fifth) of immigrants of any OECD country. Yet immigrants are experiencing poorer economic outcomes than previous generations. Amongst immigrants, unemployment was a more likely prospect for recent immigrants (in Canada less than 5 years) in 2013. On average, 9% of all immigrants were unemployed in the Region. 14% of those who were recent immigrants were unemployed, compared to 7% of those here at least 10 years.

This is not the City we want to build. NEW is doing something about it.

Our purpose is to create life-changing opportunities for new Canadian women & children, through access to education, life skills development and career guidance.

NEW works with 3,000 women a year to get them jobs, training, providing quality childcare services. We have mother-child reading circles to build skills in English, cooking workshops to support nutrition and intergenerational exercise classes to support healthy living for families who have experienced poverty and trauma.

“For me NEW is like a family where you share difficult and happy moments, have useful advice and support, celebrate international holidays together. And I’m really happy to be a part of this family. Thank you!”- Teodora, Former NEW member.

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What You Can Do

2015 has been a significant year for NEW. This past year, NEW hosted the SheSpeaks: Women, Power & Change Conference, launched a book by newcomer women called Re-imaging the Sky, introduced the Green Entrepreneurship program and did much more. NEW also doubled its programs in English language instruction, youth leadership training and our waiting lists continue to grow. This March, NEW hosted the International Women’s Day Celebration Potluck with Olivia Chow. The event was featured on CTV news and raised over $2,000 to buy new books, art supplies and educational programs for NEW’s daycare.

Investing In the Mother & Child Reading Circles

Since 2009, NEW has been invested in a dual language library so mothers can read to their children in their mother tongue and English. Over 50 books of children’s classics such as “Brown Bear”, and “Wheels of the School Bus” are available in Spanish, Mandarin, Bengali, Farsi, Turkish, French, Arabic and Urdu for their Saturday reading pleasure.

The Mother & Child Reading Circle encourages young children to develop a love for reading whilst playing and having fun. All of these activities happen in the safety of the children’s play-area across from where moms are also having fun. Mothers are supported to extend this activity into a Family Reading Circle and are provided with reading material both in English and in their mother-tongue to set-up family reading circles.

$480 - all proceeds of your donation go to support 20 families in need continue to benefit from the Mother & Child Reading Circles.

$50 a month - please consider to become a monthly donor. Your generous giving will be used to buy new books and educational programs for the Mother & Child Reading Circles.

Contact

Maya Roy
Executive Director
416.469.0196 x126
Charitable Number: 119056455RR0001

Finance & Governance

Annual Operating Budget: 
$ 2,304,007

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