Objectives and Terms of Reference
For the PBA- Settlement and Integration Services(SIS)Committee
A 7-member committee was announced by the PBA Chairperson, ,and other Board members on Dec 28th, 2022, at a meeting held in Toronto that will start working on the new project of Settlement and Integration Services for the new immigrants and refugees in Ontario. PBA chair and all members present at the meeting unanimously appointed the Chair and Convenor of the Settlement and Integration Services Committee (SIS). On Jan 9, 2023, in inaugural meeting of the proposed member of the SIS Committee ,the draft TORS and Objectives of SIS were written and approved by PBA Board .
Syed Kamal Shah is chair of PBA's SIS committee.Zahid Butt,Nisar Kallu,Saeeda Ashraf,Saad Ali Khan ,Safdar Ali and Muhammad Naeem Malik are members of PBA SIS committee.
Objectives of the SIS Committee:
The proposed objectives of SIS committee are:
1. To assist the new immigrants and refugees in their endeavor to settle in Ontario and then integrate into the diverse Canadian fabric to become a civic Canadian citizen.
2. To assist the new immigrants and refugees to improve their skill set to increase their employability, through language skills, soft and hard workplace skills, and improving their international academic credentials.
3-To provide buiseness training, coaching to newcomers with the help of PBA Expert members volunteers panels or through establish businesses and services providers.
4. To assist the new immigrants, international students and refugees on finding temporary or affordable housing.
5. To identify the financial funding resources and further securing the funds from public agencies,
private and donor agencies serving the purpose.
6. To utilise available community and governments resources and to partner with the existing agencies serving Immigrants and Refugees in various cities
especially GTA, PEEL region ,GHA and in Southern Ontario. .
7-To provide organizational platform to newcomers for rapid social integration in community and in main stream of society.
TORS of SIS Committee:
1. The Settlement & Integration committee will be comprised of 6 permanent and 3 rotating
members with 2 observes.
2. Zahid Butt Senior Director PBA and General Secretary PBA and Syed Kamal Shah will be the permanent
members of the SIS Committee.
3. SIS committee will hold its meetings as per need and further development in the program,
4. The SIS committee is only responsible to the PBA Board .
5. The SIS committee will be using the PBA office located at 36 Birchciffe Cr Hamilton, as its main contact office for the SIS
6. PBA office phone, fax, photocopier will be utilized for day-to-day activities of SIS committees,
7. SIS Committee will communicate and speak only through the committee chair and permanent members who can seek assistance from any of the committee member and PBA Board member for any communication to the public offices and agencies serving the purpose.
8. The SIS committee will train a team of volunteers to assist in the office admin role, helping in the interpretation services to the new immigrant, providing transportation services and seeking assistance in housing and skill development needs.
9. The Committee will work for a period of 3 years and will be reevaluated by PBA Board of Directors.
Toll free 1-888-848-7122(1-PBA)
S Kamal Shah -Chair 905-456-4569
Zahid Butt Member 905-920-2067
Naeem Malik Hamilton 289-700-064
Saeeda Ashraf Brantford519-7741679
Safdar Ali Niagra Falls 416-887-0797
Nisar Kallu GTA 647-470-2449
Saad Khan Guelph 647-212-6755
Pakistan Business Association is closely working to build partnership with Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council for effective help to newcomers and spreading awareness of governments resources for Settlement and Integration of newcomers.
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If you are a newcomer in Hamilton and are looking for supports, these organizations offer a range of services to help you settle in your new home. The list below includes brief information about organizations that offer newcomer-focused services in the city. Please contact them directly for information about specific programs and services.
Immigrants Working Centre
Settlement supports – employment services – English language classes – financial support during COVID-19
Who: Permanent residents, convention refugees/protected persons, refugee claimants (some services)
Addresses and Phone Numbers:
8 Main St. E. Unit 101, Hamilton, 905-529-5209
182 Rebecca St. Hamilton, 905-525-9676
1119 Fennell Ave. E. St. #234 & #236 Hamilton, 905-387-1100
160 Centennial Parkway N. Unit 7, Hamilton, 905-662-9160
Wesley – Newcomer ServicesYMCA – Immigrant Settlement ServicesYWCA – Immigration and Settlement Services (JOIN Program)Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton-NiagaraHamilton Urban Core Community Health CentreRefuge: Hamilton Centre for Newcomer HealthCompass Community HealthCollège Boréal Hamilton – Access CentreMohawk College – Free Programs for NewcomersHamilton Public LibraryEmpowerment SquaredCircle of Friends for NewcomersCare Centre for Internationally Educated NursesMicah HouseOpen Homes Hamilton