Community Resources


Community Partners

Community Partners



CESBA (Ontario Association of Continuing Education School Board Administrators)


Durham District School Board


Durham Libraries


Laubach Literacy of Ontario


Literacy Network of Durham Region


MTCU (Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities)

Employment Services

Business Advisory Council of Durham Region (BACD)

DRUHC (Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre)

Human Resources Development Canada

John Howard Society

VPI Working Solutions

English Language Learning

CCLB (Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks)

Durham Immigration Portal

Welcome Centre Immigrant Services

Social Services

Brock Community Health Centre

Community Development Council Durham

Refuge Outreach Centre

Regional Municipality of Durham

Synergies - Settlement, Integration and Language Learning

Synergies: Settlement, Integration and Language Learning is the product of a research project from the Region of Durham with outcomes that showed English language learners reporting significant gains in their language skills and familiarity with the local immigration portal. This resource provides the necessary material for language providers to implement task-based learning and strengthen learners' connections with the local community using a municipal immigration portal.

This project, available in both English and French, includes:

  • A foreword by Dr. Enrica Piccardo
  • A guide to implementing task-based learning in the classroom using a municipal immigration portal
  • A sample task-based learning block/module
  • Connections to both the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
  • A training slideshow for instructors
  • A summary of the Region of Durham case study
  • Data collection tools to assist instructors in measuring outcomes

Synergies: Settlement, Integration and Language Learning

Synergies: Établissement, intégration et apprentissage de la langue

​Training slideshow for instructors

Diaporama de formation pour les enseignants

Sample Tasks from the Region of Durham

This project, funded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration – Municipal Immigration Information Online (MIIO), was a joint venture between Dr. Enrica Piccardo, OISE - University of Toronto, the Regional Municipality of Durham, and the Durham District School Board.