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.
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 (In-class for Standard First Aid & CPR course only).
Duration: 6 months of programming.
- Start date – September 12, 2022
- Term 1 (September – December).
- Term 2 (January – April).
- April placement.
- Start date – January 9, 2023
- Term 1 (January – March).
- Term 2 (April – June).
- June placement.
Course Timetable: 4 classes per week.
Work Experience: Trainees will experience hands on community engagement through placements.
Mentorship: 4 weeks
Curriculum: For a detailed overview of the courses offered. Please visit Program Curriculum.
Certificates/Micro-credentials: For a detailed overview of the certificates or micro-credentials offered. Please visit Program Curriculum.
How to Apply?
We are currently accepting online applications for Cohort #2 (Start Date: Jan 9, 2023). The application window for Cohort #1 has closed. You can still apply for Cohort #2. In order to apply please visit:
For general inquires please contact us at:
Click here to see a description of the IWIP short format training program which recently concluded on May 2022.