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The Role of Churches in Immigrant Settlement and Integration

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The purpose of this project (2013 - 2015) 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."

For more information on this project, including our research objectives, the methods we used, and a list of our founding partners, please see the project's background information.

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Research Team

Project Director

  • Rich Janzen (CCBR, Kitchener)     

Project Coordinator

  • Kyla English (CCBR, Kitchener) 

Project Partners

  • Joanna Ochocka (CCBR, Kitchener)     
  • James Watson (The Salvation Army, Toronto)   
  • Mark Chapman (Tyndale University College & Seminary, Toronto)     
  • Sam Reimer (Crandall University, Moncton)       
  • Michael Wilkinson (Trinity Western University, Vancouver)    
  • Glenn Smith (Direction Chrétienne, Montréal) 
  • Rick Hiemstra (The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, Ottawa)
  • Lorne Hunter (Outreach Canada, Vancouver)  
  • Peter Noteboom (The Canadian Council of Churches, Toronto)   
  • Stephen Kabetu (Christian Reformed Church, Burlington)

Year 2 Researchers

  • Alethea Stobbe (CCBR, Kitchener)
  • Matthew Bailey-Dick (University of Toronto, Toronto)
  • Nelson Chang (Tyndale University College & Seminary, Toronto)
  • Géraldine Mossière (Université de Montréal, Montréal)




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Click here for to learn about, and download, an interdenominational Guide to Action for congregations.

*Research Reports

Click here for a summary of the research findings and other reports.


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*In the Spotlight

Click here for a list of blogs, denominational periodicals, and articles.

*Recent Events 

Insight from this project was shared by partners at several conferences and events, including:  

National Metropolis Conference 2015 (Vancouver, BC)

Canadian Council of Churches 70th Anniversary Assembly (Mississauga, ON)

Evangelical Fellowship of Canada President's Day (Toronto, ON)

Society for the Study of Religion - Annual Meeting (Indianapolis, USA)