Working Group 4: Civic Engagement
Immigrants play a representative role in guiding the development of the communities of the North Shore.
- Only 23% of community service providers surveyed believed that “newcomers see their ethnic or cultural groups represented in positions of influence on the North Shore.”
- Only 17% believed that “newcomers’ opinions about decisions affecting their community are respected by other people on the North Shore.”
- Despite a high level of interest in connecting with local community, fewer than half of immigrant survey respondents have been a member of a North Shore organization. Official-language speaking respondents or those who have advanced English skills are most likely. Focus group and survey responses indicate that many are not aware of opportunities, or not sure how to explore them. For many, it can take time to build the confidence to take on these opportunities and to feel that their voice is valuable.
- 44% of immigrants have participated in an organization, rising to 75% of those with English as their home language. 53% have volunteered, rising to 70% of English speakers.