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Current Projects

Between October 2020 and February 2021, the Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS) hosted a six-part digital series focused on Canada’s approach to refugee resettlement and integration. The series aimed to engage stakeholders to consider Canada’s approach to refugee resettlement and identify changes to policy and practice that will make Canada more inclusive and responsive to refugees’ needs. Over the course of the six sessions, refugees, settlement workers and service providers, policymakers, researchers, and students were brought together to share insights and lessons learned from lived experience, settlement practice, and research.

Specific objectives of the series were to: 

  • Identify gaps in Canada’s current refugee policy (who is being excluded and what needs are being overlooked?) and assess the capacity of the settlement sector to meet refugees’ needs;
  • Provide a forum for refugees from past and current cohorts to share their experiences navigating the settlement sector in Canada and provide insights on how future refugees’ capacity in their settlement might be enhanced;
  • Engage service providers across Canada to share successful practices and areas for improvement, including suggestions for supporting settlement agencies and workers to better support refugees;
  • Share insights from research focused on refugee resettlement and integration both in Canada and abroad; and
  • Increase regional, provincial, and national collaboration and partnerships to work towards strengthening refugee supports in Canada.

The series was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

This multi-year collaborative research study by researchers from the Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS) will explore entrepreneurship as an option for economic integration for newcomers living in the Greater Toronto Area.

The study objectives are to: 

  • Examine the level of entrepreneurial activity amongst newcomers in Ontario, particularly women newcomers;
  • Explore the pathways to and the role of  social capital in newcomers’ entrepreneurial activities;
  • Understand the barriers faced by newcomer entrepreneurs seeking to scale up their businesses;
  • Examine the regulatory framework governing entrepreneurship in Ontario in terms of incentives and impediments, and how these affect newcomers’ entrepreneurial activities in particular.

This study is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Headed by the Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS), this multi-year partnership project brings together researchers from Ryerson University, the University of Toronto, and Sheridan College and community practitioners from CultureLink, the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT), Settlement Assistance and Family Support Services (SAFSS), the Arab Community Centre of Toronto (ACCT), the City of Toronto Newcomer Office, and the YMCA of Greater Toronto to jointly explore the settlement issues facing Syrian refugees in the City of Toronto and Mississauga.

The study objectives are to:

  • Understand the settlement experiences of and outcomes for Syrian refugee families;
  • Explore the gendered experiences of settlement for Syrian refugee women;
  • Examine the relationship between social capital and the settlement experiences of Government-assisted refugees (GARs) and privately sponsored refugees (PSRs); and
  • Provide 'actionable knowledge' for building social capital for community partners engaged in the settlement of Syrian refugees.

This study is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

This multi-year collaborative research study by researchers from Ryerson University and the University of Toronto employs an intersectionality perspective to explore the citizenship experiences of naturalized South Asian- and Chinese-Canadian women citizens over the age of 25 living in the Greater Toronto Area.

The study objectives are to:

  • Facilitate a better understanding of the challenges faced by racialized immigrant women in Toronto; 
  • Provide insight into what resources and programs are needed to foster inclusive citizenship in Toronto; and
  • Develop a theoretical framework including the intersectionality perspective for analysis of immigrant women’s identity, civic engagement, and equality of participation in Toronto.

This study is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).


RCIS conducts its activities and occupies space in the traditional and unceded territory of nations including the Anishnaabeg, the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples, and territory which is also now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. This territory is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, as well as the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas. Indigenous peoples lived in what we call Canada for thousands of years before the arrival of the first Europeans. We cannot ignore immigration’s linkages to settler colonialism, which in Canada has seen the expropriation of Indigenous land; the erasure of Indigenous geographies; the suppression of Indigenous knowledge; and the violent displacement, oppression, and systematic abuse of Indigenous families. The resilience of Indigenous peoples is evidenced by the continued survival of their cultures, languages, and expression, along with ongoing reclamation and resistance activities. RCIS is committed to using our platform to emphasize and celebrate this resilience, and to challenge enduring colonial efforts to eradicate Indigeneity in Canada. In August 2021, the university announced that it would begin a renaming process to reconcile the legacy of Egerton Ryerson for a more inclusive future. Let's write the next chapter together.