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County of Simcoe to conduct Immigrant Health Survey


Midhurst/March 24, 2021 – The County of Simcoe is conducting an Immigrant Health Survey to collect information from foreign-born individuals on their health experiences in Canada. The feedback will assist in local health services planning and future strategies. Permanent residents, naturalized citizens, foreign workers and international students are welcome to complete the brief anonymous survey to help local health organizations adapt to the region's growing diversity.

Some of the main objectives of the survey are:

  • To understand how foreign-born individuals are accessing and receiving healthcare in Simcoe County
  • To identify any barriers faced by foreign-born individuals when accessing and receiving healthcare services in Simcoe County
  • To understand how foreign-born individual's health care experiences may have been affected by COVID-19

The Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is collaborating with a steering committee, including Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, Barrie Community Health Centre, Simcoe Muskoka YMCA Immigrant Services, Lakehead University International Department and its Orillia Campus, Georgian College International Department, and Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County, on this local project to analyze health services. Following the collection and analysis of data, the County of Simcoe will publish a final report, with the County's support.

The final report will be published and submitted to Immigrant, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (Settlement Support Program), as well as being made available on the County of Simcoe's website. These results provide vital information to assist in future healthcare service planning. 

The survey is available online and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. The information collected will be anonymous and will be used only for the purposes of planning for programs and service delivery. Information gathered as part of this survey process is done so under the authority of Section 28 of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). Only the research analyst team will access the raw data and the data will be reported in aggregate.

March is #ITSTARTS Month
The survey aligns with the annual #ITSTARTS month campaign, which is being led by the County of Simcoe and is ongoing this month. We work with regional partners to promote inclusiveness and celebrate Simcoe County's growing diversity. 

About the Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership
The Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership provides a collaborative framework for the development and implementation of sustainable local and regional solutions for successful integration of newcomers to Ontario, and locally Simcoe County. Communities benefit from the social and economic integration of newcomers in their communities, and it is important that community stakeholders consider the impact of immigrant settlement in their own strategic planning processes in order to plan for long-term community needs, specifically related to labour force needs, economic development, population increases and tax payer stabilization. As additional immigrants settle in the Simcoe County area, education, health care, human services, and communication support systems will be impacted and require change in order to support new demands. 

County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.

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Chris Hedley
Public Relations Consultant
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch
705-715-7654 (mobile)

​Collin Matanowitsch​
Manager, Public Relations
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch
705-734-8386 (mobile)