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Addressing Barriers to Employment for Immigrant and Racialized Women and Youth What We Heard Report

This “What We Heard” report highlights the results of online focus groups with immigrant and racialized women and young women from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), held between July 8 and August 18, 2022. Achēv’s Women, Employment and Newcomer Services collaborated with a social enterprise, SEASONOVA, with women facilitators with lived experiences as racialized immigrants. In collaboration, Achēv and SEASONOVA developed and facilitated 16 virtual focus group sessions where 119 immigrant and racialized women and youth from the GTA discussed employment barriers they encountered whilst pursuing entry to Canadian workforce, including the additional challenges of the global pandemic. The participants also shared recommendations on how to address these barriers.

Credit: Prepared for Achēv’s Advancing Equity for Immigrant and Racialized Women and Girls Project Prepared by Jhoanna Gonzales Miners, Uduak Mackenzie, Ashley Landers and Abigail Isaac from SEASONOVA Group Inc.

Date: 2023