Immigrant Women Integration Program (IWIP)

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.


The IWIP program was launched in 2002 as a classroom-based training program, combined with an extensive fieldwork component.  Due to the pandemic, we have successfully transitioned IWIP to a hybrid learning model. We are embracing the digital platforms in how we learn, engage, and build connections with one another and the greater community.

Cost: Free

Requirement: Due to the Ministry policy, we require a social insurance number (SIN) for all registrations with the exception of refugee claimants.


  • Immigrant or newcomer woman living in Toronto or the GTA.
  • Minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark 6 in all areas.
  • Interest in being a community leader.
  • Intermediate computer skills.
  • Interest in supporting community change.

Program Delivery: Virtual and In-class

Duration: 6 months of programming.

Cohort #1

    • Start date: September 11, 2023
    • Term 1: September 2023 – December 2023
    • Term 2: January 2024 – February 2024
    • Placement begins in April 2024 for 2 months (160 hours)

Cohort #2

    • Start date – January 9, 2024
    • Term 1: January 2024 – April 2024
    • Term 2: March 2024 – June 2024
    • Placement begins in June 2024 for 2 months (160 hours)

Course Timetable: 4 classes per week.

Work Experience: Trainees will experience hands on community engagement through placements.

Mentorship: 3 sessions

Curriculum: To see a list of courses offered, please visit the Program Curriculum.

How to Apply?

Online applications for the January 2024 Cohort are presently closed. Applications for the September 2024 cohort will open in the summer.

IWIP Application (CLOSED)

Call for Mentors!

The Immigrant Women’s Integration Program (IWIP) needs Mentors!

IWIP Mentors provide active listening, motivation, support, and guidance to mentee regarding career preparation and goal setting, as well as build their professional network, and help create strategies to transition to and maintain employment.

– Prior work experience in the Social Service Sector and/or as a Mentor is an asset.
– Comfort with employment related activities, i.e. updating resumes and cover letters, mock interviews a must.

Dates & Times:
Jan. 31st, Feb. 14th, Feb 28th (6:00 – 7:30 PM)

Jan. 31st: 540 Dundas St. East, Toronto
Feb. 14th & 28th: Online

For general inquires please contact us at:

Phone: 647-493-2462