May 16th marked the 5th annual Toronto Newcomers Day. May 16th was proclaimed as Toronto Newcomers day in 2015 to make newcomers feel welcome in Toronto and to help them assimilate into the City’s culture and ethos. Apart from making newcomers feel welcome, the event also helped newcomers to understand and gain access to a wide range of services. For newcomers who have been in Toronto for a while, it is an opportunity to celebrate their contributions to the city and gain more insights into the heritage and culture of the City.
This year, The City of Toronto organised a grand event at Nathan Phillips Square. The City collaborated with several community partners and sponsors who worked tirelessly behind the scene. These included organisations like Neighbourhood Arts Network, Dreamwalker Dance Company, Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Center, Toronto Ward Museum, Toronto East Quadrant Local Immigration Partnership, Regent Park Catering Collective, VIBE Arts, and The Neighbourhood Organization (TNO) among others. Together they set up and organised several interactive activities and programs like art exhibits, City Hall tours, cultural performances, free beverages, food trucks, information fair, newcomer marketplace, newcomer food fair, prizes and giveaways. It was a one-stop shop for newcomers to Toronto where they could access services and programs that suit their needs and help them get more acquainted with The City and its culture.
The Corner team along with TNO (The Neighbourhood Organization) shared a booth representing the St. James Town neighbourhood. During information fair the team used the opportunity to raise awareness about the different programs at The Corner. The team also reached out to potential volunteers to work at the neighbourhood. Service providers worked collaboratively cross referring service seekers to each other. The Corner team was also able to interact with other service providers to exchange experiences and learnings. June 21st will be Newcomer Welcome Day at St. James Town where service providers at the neighbourhood will interact with residents at 700 and 730 Ontario Street. So in case you missed out on the May 16th event, this will be a great opportunity to catch up.