Facts & Stats

Highlights from our 2012-13 PINs program evaluation with PINs leaders (August 2013)


  • 73% stated PINs had an impact on improving their association's organizational management capacity

  • 85% benefited from collaborating with other immigrant associations and partners in the PIN network

  • 93% acted upon connections and referrals made through PINs

  • 67% noticed an increase in collaboration between immigrant associations

Find out what else PINs leaders had to say in the evaluation

Key facts and stats on immigrant networks since PINs website launch (February 2012):

Number of networks on the PINs website: 47

  • Networks typically organize by ethno-cultural group or profession or both

  • A third of the networks serve multiple ethno-cultural groups

  • Over 50% of the networks are organized by ethno-cultural group

  • Latin American networks are the most represented (30%) among the ethno-cultural groups

  • 30% of networks reported that over half of their members are newcomers (arrived in Canada within the last three years)

  • Over 50% of networks have 100-500 members and over 20% have 1000-3000 members

  • Over 60% of networks do not charge membership fees

  • Close to 50% of the networks are incorporated

  • Over 80% of networks were established in the last 10 years and 40% in the last 5 years

  • The top three professions represented among the networks are: Engineering, Business and Information Technology (IT)

Through in-person and online consultations with network leaders in 2011, TRIEC found that:

  • Network leaders have skills to share in a number of areas such as: member engagement, strategic planning, partnership development, web and database development, marketing and outreach, legal support and financial management.

  • 57% of networks have partnered with one or more stakeholder groups.

  • 70% of network leaders want to develop their leadership skills; however 80% of leaders have not participated in leadership development activities.

  • 85% of network leaders would like to participate in consultations on immigrant employment to inform programs and policies; but 90% of leaders have never participated in any such consultations.

From an environmental scan conducted by TRIEC in 2009, a snapshot of networks in the Greater Toronto Area:

  • 70+ professional immigrant networks operating in the Greater Toronto Area

  • 30,000+ immigrants connected to these networks

  • Groups cover a range of professions such as: engineering, architecture, accounting, IT, law, healthcare and business management

  • Networks in the legal and IT sectors are the most recent start-ups

  • The number of Latin American networks has increased in the last five years

  • 16,000+ immigrants connected to engineering networks

  • 10,000+ immigrants connected to business management networks - marketing, sales, and finance

  • Nearly 50% of networks are incorporated, non-profit organizations

  • Over 75% of networks organize by profession or ethnicity