Completed projects

"Retention and Integration of Refugees in Newfoundland and Labrador."

This study examines experiences of refugees that have settled in Newfoundland and Labrador and analyzes factors that can potentially enhance refugee integration and factors that can negatively impact their settlement experiences and retention in the province. We interviewed of 83 adult and 31 youth refugees, who for purposes of comparison, were divided into new arrivals (targeting the Syrian population) and older cohorts (who were in the province from 2 to 15 years). We also interviewed 16 stakeholders involved in the settlement and integration of refugees, sourced from various community groups, private organisations and government agencies.
Our report produced 25 recommendations divided into broad categories including: Settlement Assistance; First Impressions; Health Care; Language; Cost of Living and Housing; Economic and Labour Market Integration; Social Capital; Transportation; Experiences of Refugee Minors; and Settlement Satisfaction.

"Municipal-Level Service Delivery in Labrador"

Public service delivery at the municipal/local level pertains to services that are delivered by a municipality.Municipal services can have a significant impact on communities and the quality of life they offer. This report reviews the five main services provided by municipalities in Labrador: water services, waste collection, road maintenance, fire and emergency services, and recreation, and examines how they are delivered. This study shows discrepancies between the levels of service in different parts of the region and provides a set of recommendations on how to improve service delivery. This report was funded by the Harris Centre as part of their Population Project.

"The Temporary Foreign Worker Program and Employers in Labrador.”

As part of the Harris Centre's Population Project, this report aims to illuminate the experiences of employers using the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in the context of Labrador, where the demand for labour has vastly exceeded the supply, leading to a reliance from some businesses on temporary foreign workers. The objective of the project is to develop a more appropriate regional model in light of changing demographics, and provide recommendations to government and key stakeholders on how to implement such a model.