CCBR typically has 12-15 ongoing projects and has completed over 400 projects since 1982. Each project is guided by our commitment to impacting social change in practical and powerful ways. We conduct research with people not on people, cultivating respect with communities at every step of the process.
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- 9034_ The Role of Churches in Immigrant Settlement and Integration
The purpose of this project was to develop a national research partnership that would better equip church groups across Canada to help immigrants and refugees settle and integrate into Canadian society. The project had an interdenominational focus, with founding partners representing leading academics in the field of religion and diversity, denominational leaders who regularly engage with cultural diversity, and some of Canada's largest interdenominational networks.
This two-year project was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and built upon an exploratory research project entitled "Welcoming Churches: Responding to the Immigrant Reality in Canada".
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National Research Findings
The summary report provides a brief overview of the main findings from across the country, both from the local site research as well as the national-level reports.
The national denominational survey includes aggregated data from 38 diverse Canadian church denominations that responded to questions pertaining to how and why Canadian churches are working with immigrants and refugees.
The key informant interview report reflects on 18 conversations with various denominational, interdenominational and nondenominational leaders from across the country. These interviews provide both on-the-ground and bigger-picture perspectives on the roles that churches can play in helping immigrants and refugees settle and integrate in Canadian society.
The literature review summary provides a brief overview of what is found in the annotated bibliography (below). It highlights the breadth of available literature pertaining to the role of Canadian churches in immigrant settlement and integration.
The annotated bibliography consists of literature from over 90 sources (including mainstream books, academic articles and blogs) related to the topic of the role of churches in immigrant settlement and integration.
Local Site Reports
This site report shares insight from two individual interviews and one focus group with congregational leaders and other key informants in Montreal.
The site report from Vancouver explores results from one six-person focus group and two case studies that explored the role of Vancouver churches in helping immigrants and refugees settle and integrate. Click the image below for access to the full report.
The site report from Toronto describes the findings from focus groups and two case studies that explored the role of local churches in helping immigrants and refugees to settle and integrate.
The site report from Canada's east coast describes the findings from two case studies as well as focus groups that explored the role of local churches in helping immigrants and refugees to settle and integrate.