On Sunday, April 28, 2019, BAPS Charities organized a seminar in the presence of more than 100 international students to support the University of Toronto and York University in a study on Citizenship and Employment Precarity.
The Citizenship and Employment Precarity (CEP) research project studies the relationship between immigration status upon arrival and job prospects over time. The project includes an online survey of persons living in the Greater Toronto Area who entered Canada without a permanent residence. The study aims to improve understanding of how different immigration statuses impact work opportunities and well being. The study will also show the long term social and economic costs of entering Canada without a permanent residence.
The project is led by Prof. Luin Goldring at York University and Prof. Patricia Landoltat the University of Toronto in collaboration with community groups across the GTA.
The BAPS Charities seminar was led by Dr. Patricia Landolt, Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto who has been doing research on immigration, citizenship and the difficulties of finding decent work. Joining Dr. Landolt was Ms. Sharmishtha Joshi a prominent community leader working on the Citizenship and Employment Precarity Survey as a South Asian Outreach Coordinator.
At the end of the presentation, the international students were invited to take part in an online survey about immigration status and work experiences.
Dr. Patricia Landolt, Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto appreciated the activities of BAPS Charities saying, “I am really impressed with the kind of charity work that you do, especially in the areas of health and education and with youth and children. It is inspiring.”
Sharmishtha Joshi, South Asian Outreach coordinator said about BAPS Charities, “You are a classic example of uplifting society and you are a very integral part of Canadian society by helping the charities. I feel extremely proud whenever I attend your events.”
The goal of the study is to spark discussion, create awareness and offer solutions to support newcomers to settle down in Canada. Ultimately they hope to present the findings to the Canadian government to encourage positive policy changes.