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and Program Development

In partnership with our community partners and funders, TIES strives to lead in research and innovation and the development of new programs to serve our clients.

Building the future

Longitudinal Examination of Newcomer-serving Social Enterprises (LENS)

Longitudinal Examination of Newcomer-serving Social Enterprises (LENS) is a research study that focuses on Employment Social Enterprises (ESEs) or Work Integration Social Enterprises (WISEs) and the impact they have on the newcomer and BIPOC populations in overcoming socioeconomic barriers.

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Voices in the Art (VIA)

The VIA project will utilize an Arts-Based Engagement Ethnography (ABEE) method to understand newcomer 2SLGBTQIA+ youth’s social lives, cultural practices, and the complexity of their experiences regarding gender-based violence (GBV) and intersecting identities.

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GROWing with Newcomers

The Growing with Newcomers (GWN) project is an initiative led by The Immigrant Education Society’s (TIES) Research & Program Development department. Funded by the Alberta Government Community Initiatives Program, the project focuses on using gardening as a medium to strengthen community ties and enhance the settlement experience of newcomers in Calgary. Participants are introduced to gardening in Calgary's unique climate, learning about the local environment, food security, nutrition, indoor planting and plant care, indigenous medical gardening and community gardens in the city.


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Building Equitable Newcomer Crisis Help (BENCH) – Research Component

Building Equitable Newcomer Crisis Help (BENCH) is an evaluative research study designed to identify a service model that bridges critical gaps between newcomers and crisis intervention supports. As part of this project, we will develop recommendations based on mixed methods research that incorporates findings from an environmental scan, peer-reviewed literature, and stakeholder interviews.

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Bridge for Digital Youth (BDY) – Research Component

Bridge for Digital Youth (BDY) is an evaluative research study designed to identify potential benefits and limitations of mobile-based learning for newcomer youth between 18-30 years old. The research team will evaluate a pilot program geared towards newcomers seeking to advance their digital marketing skills. Through findings from mixed methods research, we will make program recommendations as part of our assessment of mobile-based learning’s role in making employment training more accessible, sustainable and useful for newcomer youth.

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CLIP Project

Environmental Scan and Systems Mapping: Services for Newcomers in Calgary is a project that was created to identify gaps in services and understand interactions amongst newcomer-serving institutions in Calgary.

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HELLO Project

Hybrid Education for Literacy Learning Optimization (HELLO) is a project designed to study existing modes of hybrid instruction for LINC Literacy students and test sustainable hybrid modes for literacy and lower-level clients. As part of this project, we developed recommendations for sector best practices in facilitating and improving newcomer Literacy education in a hybrid format.

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ROSPI Project

Remote and Online Services for Professional Immigrants (ROSPI) is a project that will seek to leverage existing technologies settlement agencies utilized when making the transition to remote service delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Language Brokering Initiative

Language Brokering (LB) is the practice of non-English speaking parents using their children as translators or interpreters in formal and complex situations.

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ReNEW Partnership for Best Practices

The Refugee and Newcomers Emotional Wellness (ReNEW) Partnership for Best Practice is a three year, IRCC-funded research collaboration between The Immigrant Education Society and the University of Calgary, Faculty of Nursing.

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Newcomer Introduction to Classes Online (NICO) Resources

Newcomer Introduction to Classes Online (NICO) is an online course designed to help newcomers overcome barriers to online learning.

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Change Can’t Wait

At the end of 2020, we implemented 2 projects relating to mental health for newcomers that built on some ongoing research we had been conducting at TIES. These 2 projects were funded through the City of Calgary’s Change Can’t Wait initiative, which aims at supporting innovative new efforts and programming for Calgarians struggling with mental health and addiction.

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FARM Impact Study

A continuing labour shortage in the agricultural industry and higher rates of unemployment amongst immigrants has provided the basis for a pilot project undertaken by The Immigrant Education Society (TIES) in 2018 and 2019.

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Immigrant Access Counselling (IAC) Research

Recently, there has been increased interest in using online platforms to support newcomers in managing stressors to their mental wellness. The COVID-19 pandemic has only highlighted the importance of making settlement services available remotely.

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TIES is located on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy comprising the Siksika, Piikani and Kanai First Nations, the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda including the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley First Nations. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.