Working Group

The Newcomer Working Group is dedicated to encouraging the integration, civic participation, and success of newcomer youth in Toronto. 

To apply for the Newcomer Working Group, please fill out an application.

For questions, email our Newcomer Lead at

Ongoing Projects

Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Newcomer Youth in the City of Toronto

  • Address the unique and layered experiences of newcomer youth and ensure that they are included and prioritized in recovery measures

Evaluating the Implementation and Application of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy in TDSB and TDCSB

  • Researching and understanding the policy, the gaps that currently exist in its implementation, and start discussions with stakeholders on ways this policy can be upheld to its complete potential

About Mishaal

Mishaal Qazi
Newcomer Lead
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Long before Mishaal learned it in the classroom, her community and lived experiences as a first-generation immigrant to Canada taught her how historical and ongoing systemic sources of oppression shape health outcomes and limit access to resources essential for shared well-being. Mishaal holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour and a Master of Public Health from McMaster University. She is passionate about building meaningful community relationships, driving systemic change on the social determinants of health, and placing health equity at the heart of every conversation. Mishaal understands the unique challenges and barriers faced by newcomer youth and as the Newcomer Lead, she hopes to create opportunities for them to make impact and ensure that their voices are prioritized in city research, program and services, and policy initiatives.