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New index aims to see where immigrants’ lives match up with those born in Canada

Two cities in Ontario, one in Newfoundland and one in New Brunswick come out on top of newly released rankings on where the lives of newcomers most closely match up to those born in Canada.

The Canadian Index for Measuring Integration compares how immigrants and the native born fare in four different areas to figure out where in the country the gaps between them are smallest.

Put another way — how well are newcomers fitting in?

The difficulty of answering that question is in part why the index has been under development for nearly seven years as, among other things, participants had to hash out how to define what integration actually means.

“What is integration? There’s no perfect formula or answer for that, but this is what we’ve arrived at based on the discussions we’ve had,” said Jack Jedwab, the project’s director.

The project chose four themes to study: economic, health, social indicators and civic participation, then drew in all the available data that would allow direct comparisons between newcomers and the Canadian-born population.

On economics, the gap was smallest between people in Oshawa, Ont., while for health it was London, Ont. On social factors, St. John’s, N.L., was tops, while for civic and democratic participation it was Saint John, N.B.

Source: CTV News

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