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Virtual Bridge


Delivering settlement services through social media

Social media use is widespread around the world, and that includes use by individuals who are in the process of migrating to a new country. Research shows that as many as 80% of immigrants to Canada as well as Canadian born use social media. Further, the Service Provider Organizations (SPOs) that help newcomers settle in Canada believe social media could improve how they connect with, and support, newcomers. Despite this alignment in principle, only 7% of services of SPOs are delivered digitally.

This research project aims to analyze the potential for Service Provider Organizations (SPOs) to deliver settlement services through social media channels and applications, and to equip SPOs with the knowledge and capabilities that will enable them to increase their digital support to newcomers.

Recent research

Events and workshops

Virtual Bridge Workshop

March 17, 2022

CERC Migration kicked off its multi-year research project Virtual Bridge: Delivering settlement services through social media with a partner workshop.  


Virtual Bridge Workshop 2

June 23, 2022

The first in person workshop will take place at the CERC Migration offices for partners and stakeholders.


For information about this research project contact Stein Monteiro at