After the COVID-19 outbreak started in March 2020, a group of newcomer-serving organizations based in Edmonton started a series of meetings under the umbrella of the Edmonton Local Immigration Partnership (ELIP).
The organizations’ acknowledge the need to work together to support frontline worker’s mental health and wellbeing.
COVID-19 is having a significant impact in our communities; its effects are felt here and around the world. For individuals and organizations who support newcomers, we know this stress is significant. Physical distancing has greatly impacted the ways in which organizations offer critical programming and supports to newcomers, and has placed considerable strain on resources. Services that were once offered face-to-face are now far more difficult with additional challenges such as access to technology, language resources and increased demand for services.