RESEARCH

Our Research Initiatives

Aging Well: Partnering to optimize social network and support for older immigrants in Ontario

A three-year, multi-site project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). This project looks at both informal networks and formal social services available to older adult immigrants in four cities across Ontario (London, Toronto, Ottawa, and Waterloo), which are selected on the grounds of their size and immigrant populations. The targeted populations […]

Emerging Voices: How Syrian Newcomers and Other Key Stakeholders Perceive Canada’s Three Sponsorship Programs for Refugee (Re)settlement Consent Agreement – Syrian newcomers

This research study was a one-year, multi-site project, funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The study aimed to look at how to understand and improve the three programs- Government Assisted Refugee, Blended Visa, and Privately Sponsored- under which refugees are resettled in Canada. This was achieved by collecting data from Syrian refugees […]

Faith and Settlement Partnership: Setting Canada and newcomers up for Success

The purpose of this two-year (2016-2018) Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded project is to collaboratively study partnerships among faith-based and government-funded settlement organizations in Ontario. This will be done in order to determine how these partnerships can better lead to positive settlement outcomes for newcomers, and ultimately benefit Canadian society. This project […]

The Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations

A five year project (2015-2020), funded by Social Sciences Humanities Research Council (SSHC). The project is co-directed by Dr. Peter Jaffe, Western University, and Dr. Myrna Dawson, University of Guelph, and involves more than 70 organizations/individuals including MRCSSI. The project is conducting cooperative, cross-sectoral research to explore micro and macro level risk factors that may […]

Pre-and-Post Migration Stressors and Marital Relations Among Arab Refugee Families in Canada

An international research collaboration in partnership with Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), University of Guelph, and the University of Calgary. The project assessed the impact of pre-and-post migration on marital relations and family dynamics among Arab refugee families; and, examined the role of professional service providers in supporting these Arab refugee families. The recommendations are: […]

Collaborative work with the Children’s Aid Society

In the last year, we dealt with 227 cases involving 185 individual clients and 42 service organizations. Of the total number of cases, 43 involved family conflict and violence, 21 involved mental health and emotional issues, and 51 involved children’s behavioural issues and child protection. The Children’s Aid Society of Middlesex and London was involved […]

ENHANCING CULTURALLY INTEGRATIVE FAMILY SAFETY RESPONSE IN MUSLIM COMMUNITIES

By: Mohammed Baobaid, Lynda M. Ashbourne ABOUT THE BOOK This informative new volume presents the Culturally Integrative Family Safety Response (CIFSR) model that is currently being used by the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration (MRCSSI) in London, Ontario. Created to support immigrant and newcomer families from collectivist backgrounds struggling with issues related […]

ENHANCING CULTURALLY INTEGRATIVE FAMILY SAFETY RESPONSE IN MUSLIM COMMUNITIES

By: Mohammed Baobaid, Lynda M. Ashbourne ABOUT THE BOOK This informative new volume presents the Culturally Integrative Family Safety Response (CIFSR) model that is currently being used by the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration (MRCSSI) in London, Ontario. Created to support immigrant and newcomer families from collectivist backgrounds struggling with issues related […]

FAITH AND SETTLEMENT PARTNERSHIPS, SETTING IMMIGRANTS AND CANADA UP FOR SUCCESS

MRCSSI partnered with the Centre for Community Based Research Purpose and Objectives The overarching purpose of this project is to collaboratively investigate partnerships among faith-based and government-funded settlement organizations, and to determine how these partnerships can better lead to positive settlement outcomes for newcomers and ultimately benefit Canadian society. The research will be carried out […]

A SAFE PATH OF INTEGRATION FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES: EXAMINING SOCIAL INTEGRATION AND COLLABORATIVE SERVICES/SUPPORTS FOR FAMILIES AT RISK OF FAMILY VIOLENCE

Dr. Lynda M. Ashbourne, PhD, RP, RMFT of University of Guelph – Targeted Research Syrian Refugee A Safe Path of Integration for Syrian Refugees: Examining social integration and collaborative services/supports for families at risk of family violence This research project makes timely use of an opportunity to collect data alongside a currently operating program supporting […]