Research & Policy

Current Projects

Accessing Mental Health Services for Newcomers Environmental Scan


AAISA has partnered with MMK research and consulting to conduct an environmental scan of mental health resources, programs, and services accessible to newcomers in Alberta.

This study aims to benefit immigrants and refugees by improving access to quality services, as well as better inform service mapping for service providers, policy makers and other organizations involved in the settlement and integration of newcomers to Canada.

This environmental scan will be done using both qualitative and quantitative approaches. The final report will be available in Spring 2017.

 

Occupational Safety and Work Conditions for Immigrant Workers


Researchers from the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta have partnered with AAISA to conduct a study on occupational safety and work conditions for immigrant workers. The project will examine occupational safety, prevention, and post-injury workplace integration issues from the perspective of recent immigrant employees in Alberta, service providers, and employers.

Participants should be:

  • 18 years of age and older
  • A recent immigrant employee (less than 10 years in Canada) OR a Canadian-born employee
  • Working in an environment that is not safe for your health OR have sustained a work-related injury or illness

For participation, please contact:
Edmonton
Dr. Janki Shankar (Principal Investigator): jshankar@ucalgary.ca or 780-862-8658
Calgary
ConitaIp: ckcip@ucalgary.ca or 403-971-7321
Vibha Kaushik: vkaushik@ucalgary.ca or 587-350-4152

Participants will be provided with a $50 honorarium upon successful participation.

 

Alberta Syrian Refugee Resettlement Experience Study


AAISA undertakes new study on the unique needs, barriers, and experiences of Syrian refugees.

With funding from IRCC, this project will be carried out in consultation with HABITUS Consulting Collective, and Dr. Julie Drolet, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary.

The study will focus on the resettlement experiences of Syrian refugees arriving in Alberta during 2015 and 2016, with particular attention to the types of programs and services that are most needed in Alberta to support labour market integration, language training, and social connections.

The research questions this study seeks to answer, includes:

  1. What are the main factors that influence a positive resettlement experience for Syrian refugees in Alberta?
  2. What types of programs and services are most needed in Alberta in order to support their language needs, labour market and social integration?
  3. What are the settlement challenges that Syrian refugees face in Alberta?
  4. What are the social, economic, and language needs of Syrian refugees in Alberta?

AAISA will be using a mixed methods approach, with particular emphasis on qualitative lived experience as it can serve to inform a client-centered approach to settlement and integration support for refugees.

In December 2016, AAISA conducted several community forums in Calgary and Edmonton to facilitate in-person interviews with refugees.

Syrian refugees over the age of 18 who resettled in Alberta in 2015 and 2016, are welcome to participate in this study. This includes GARs, PSRs and BVOR sponsored refugees.

Syrian refugees over the age of 18 who resettled in Alberta in 2015 and 2016, are welcome to participate in this study. This includes GARs, PSRs and BVOR sponsored refugees.

Study findings will be available in Spring 2017.

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