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Civic Participation of Visible Minorities in Canadian Society: the role of nonprofit organizations in Canada’s four most diverse cities

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posted on 21.05.2021, 15:57 by Agnes Meinhard, Farhat Faridi, Pauline O'Connor, Manveer Randhawa
Newcomer engagement or participation in the nonprofit sector has been shown to be an important pillar for upholding democracy, linked to voting behaviour and political participation; the creation of social capital; and enhancement of newcomer involvement in local decision making. This paper presents results of a study that focuses on two ways in which immigrant minorities have their interests represented in community decision-making: the first through the formation of ethno-specific voluntary organizations that represent their specific interests; the second via participation as leaders, board members and volunteers in ‘mainstream’ nonprofit and public organizations. Keywords: CVSS, Centre for Voluntary Sector Studies, Working Paper Series,TRSM, Ted Rogers School of Management