The Immigrant Women Integration Program (IWIP) is a full-time training program for newcomer and immigrant women living in Neighbourhood Improvement Areas and Inner Suburbs. IWIP develops newcomer and immigrant women to become community leaders who are engaged in the development of their communities. This community leadership opportunity helps promote engagement, expand career/academic pathways, foster a sense of belonging, facilitate access to programs and services, and contribute to building community. Skills enhanced within the program include self-confidence, advocacy, civic engagement, organizational, analytical, and presentation skills. Learning is a blend of virtual, in-person and independent learning which covers foundational knowledge-based courses, industry-based courses, student placement, and mentorship.
The overall goal of IWIP is to reduce the number of newcomer women who experience isolation. Its core strategy focuses on enhancing the capacity of groups of newcomer women, from different language and cultural backgrounds, so they can, in turn, engage with people from their respective communities (neighbours, friends, family members), helping them feel more connected and engaged.