Settlement Success. Together.

The WE Value Partnership offers newcomers a holistic and capacity-focused assessment that connects them to services, opportunities, and people. 

This community-driven approach focuses on newcomer success and continuous learning through digital innovation.

The initiative began as a project funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Service Delivery Improvement (SDI) Fund, and is lead by The YMCA of Southwestern Ontario with its partners Workforce WindsorEssex and the University of Windsor. Together they worked to plan, develop, implement and test their new settlement assessment and client management system in Southwestern Ontario. This work was completed between 2018 and 2021.

In the Fall of 2021, the WE Value Partnership started growing again as both the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario and the University of Windsor’s School of Computer Science both received uniquely funded SDI Projects to explore: the K2 Client Portal Initiative and Artificial Intelligence in relation to WE Value.

The K2 Client Portal Initiative will extend WE Value’s new K2 Pathway to Settlement System to clients, assessing the effectiveness of client portals as a tool for service delivery and client empowerment. Clients will be able to access and add to their settlement plans, book appointments and explore articles and resources online. Artificial Intelligence: Leveraging Newcomers’ Pathway to Settlement will assess the benefits of using AI to build settlement plans, analyze data and standardize decision-making.

See our latest data dissemination reports from March 2023:

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Benefits of the WE Value Partnership and Settlement Assessment:

  • For newcomers: WE Value means less confusion, more confidence and increased self worth through streamlined experiences and fruitful community connections and a customized settlement plan. It will also lead to more opportunities to use assets, skills, talents and gifts while adjusting to a happy, safe, confident life as community members.
  • For community influencers and stakeholders: WE Value will allow access to assets, skills, talents and gifts of newcomers provide resources that will deepen evidence-based approaches to serving new immigrants resulting in positive community impact.
  • For service providers: WE Value means the coming together to streamline processes and enhance experiences, all toward greater integration, welcoming communities and the success of newcomers.
  • For employers, WE Value will provide reliable data on the skills, knowledge and opportunities new immigrants to the region offer, along with a framework and network of support.
  • For the Windsor-Essex region, WE Value will emerge as a national model for communities. It will mean understanding the value of welcoming immigrants and an abundance of opportunity for all by helping newcomers to realize their potential locally.


Matthew Dunlop
WE Value Program Manager & Main Contact
YMCA of Southwestern Ontario
(519) 982-5625 (textable)

Kelsey Santarossa
Manager of Project and Community Development
Workforce WindsorEssex
226-674-3220 ext. 853