Research & Policy

Past Projects

Community Development Practice: Anti-Racism and Anti-Islamophobia in Alberta’s Settlement Sector

AAISA is currently coordinating a project funded by the Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund (HREMF) to equip professionals and community members working with refugees with the tools, resources and skills to become advocates of anti-racism and anti-Islamophobia.

Through interviews, focus groups and an environmental scan, both our Research & Policy and Professional Development teams gathered resources, tools and information to address race-related barriers. To house these resources and create a platform to share best practices, AAISA developed an online Learning Community. AAISA also delivered training on human rights, multiculturalism and anti-racism, in-person and through the Learning Community. To find out more about the rationale, methodology, results and future of the project, read the Project Brief.

In November 2016, AAISA help a one-day collaborative learning opportunity for anti-racism and anti-Islamophobia advocates in Calgary. The face-to-face workshop provided an opportunity to further categorize and discuss current organizational programming, services, resources, and best practices. The outcomes of the workshop informed the development of a Practice Guide, available here.


Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program Environmental Scan

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has been criticized for creating a vulnerable environment for Temporary Foreign Workers, in addition to its limited capacity to process applications in a timely manner.

With funding from Pathways to Prosperity (link to P2P), AAISA undertook an environmental scan to examine the impact of federal policy changes on the AINP and the flow of nominees into the Alberta labour market, in addition to recommendations to address the key challenges identified.

AAISA staff presented this project at the Pathways to Prosperity 2016 National Conference in Ottawa Dec. 1-2, 2016.

Read the full report here.

 Provincial Needs Assessment: Improving Refugee Resettlement in Alberta

In October 2016, AAISA officially launched the publication of a new research report regarding the capacity of Alberta’s immigration sector to meet the current and future needs of refugees.

Following one of the largest resettlements of refugees in Canadian history, the report’s findings are timely. The study cataloged more than 1,400 programs and services in both urban and rural municipalities that serve the basic needs of refugees, such as language and employment. AAISA also engaged members, partners and community organizations to participate in the needs assessment through online surveys and focus groups.

The final report found that the existing capacity of the province’s immigration sector is strong. It also reveals how immigrant-serving agencies can improve the refugee resettlement experience in Alberta.

We hope our findings will serve as a valuable resource for key stakeholders, to guide decision-making, improve service planning, and to support the design of a comprehensive refugee resettlement roadmap for the province.

The full report can be found hee.

Economic Well-being: Indicators of Success for Newcomers to Alberta

AAISA identified a need for evidence to build a strong case for the impact of employment programming can make in the lives of immigrants and refugees. One objective of this project was to identify strategies for province-wide implementation of outcomes measurement and promising practices.

The study furthered the learnings derived from another AAISA project: Labour Market Integration Project: Improving Collaboration in Calgary for Better Employment Outcomes for Immigrants.

The full report can be found here.