Priority 2: Community Connections & Intercultural Relationships
North Shore residents are engaged in building cross-cultural relationships and mutual trust.
- Only 25% of community service providers believe there is mutual trust between immigrants and long term residents, and that discrimination is not a problem on the North Shore. Only 34% believe “newcomers feel a strong sense of belonging to the North Shore.” Slightly fewer than half believe that newcomers are comfortable “attending community events.”
- 48% of immigrant respondents reported that connecting with people in the community is the most important factor making them feel welcomed and included. Meanwhile, 66% said it is important to have connections with others from their own cultural group, and 81% felt that way about meeting people from outside of their cultural group.
- Despite a high level of interest in connecting with local community, only 44% of immigrant respondents have been a member of a North Shore organization. More than 70% of those who do not feel welcomed and included also report dissatisfaction with their contact with neighbours.
- Sport, fun and recreation were identified as powerful connectors and respondents indicated there are not enough activities and recreation opportunities, especially for kids and youth.
- Immigrants say they find it easier to connect with others at events or festivals, and with those who share hobbies and interests.