This descriptive qualitative study examined both the “place-based” characteristics of St. James Town (SJT) and individual-level factors, including newcomer immigrants’ perceptions of the neighbourhood, their social relations, and their access to health and social services in the neighbourhood. The study focused on ethno-racial newcomer immigrant populations: Tamil, Filipino, and Chinese (Mandarin speaking) and compared their experiences with those of Canadian-born residents in the neighbourhood. The study also interviewed health and social service providers in SJT and the surrounding area.
The two policy briefs, Access to Health and Social Services and Impacts of the Physical Environment, are based on the findings from our qualitative research work with newcomer immigrants of St. James Town. The briefs provide suggestions for the government to invest in and enhance immigrant integration and to support better health and wellbeing of newcomer immigrants.