User Guide



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The User Guide is the official manual for the Social Isolation and Loneliness Toolkit. It provides an overview of the “Building Connected Communities” research project and the Social Isolation and Loneliness Toolkit. Refer to this guide to learn more about the project’s background, the research team and community partners,

The User Guide also provides readers with a greater understanding of the contents included in the Social Isolation and Loneliness Toolkit. It contains helpful information regarding each of the resources included, as well as practical suggestions and examples of when and how you may benefit from using the Toolkit.

This resource is included in the Social Isolation and Loneliness Toolkit, created by the Centre for Elder Research in Oakville ON, Canada. The Toolkit is part of a research project titled “Building Connected Communities: improving Community Supports to Reduce Loneliness and Social Isolation in Immigrants 65+”. The research focused on exploring strategies to effectively reach out to, and support, older immigrants who may be experiencing, or are at risk of experiencing, social isolation and/or loneliness.

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social isolation, loneliness, older adult, immigrant, connected communities, immigration, settlement, community development, toolkit, resource, Canada, Ontario, Halton, Peel


Community-Based Research | Gerontology | Health Services Research | Social Work


Note: This project was conducted from 2015-19. The Social Isolation and Loneliness Toolkit was published in 2019.

The research team made every effort to ensure information was accurate as of the time of publication, but please be aware that some of the information may have changed or may be out of date if accessed in the years following that. The inclusion of any agency or service in this toolkit does not constitute an endorsement of the service.


This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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User Guide