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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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 Learners 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 will develop 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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The Immigrant Education Society (TIES) is located on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations, including Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nation. The City of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.