Facts & Stats

Key facts and stats on the PINs program (August 2015)

Number of associations on the PINs website: 56


  • Associations typically organize by ethno-cultural group or profession or both
  • Over 50% of the associations are organized by ethno-cultural group
  • Over 30% of associations reported that over half of their members are newcomers (arrived in Canada within the last three years)
  • Over 50% of associations have 100-500 members and over 20% have 1000-3000 members
  • Over 60% of associations do not charge membership fees
  • Over 80% of associations were established in the last 10 years and 40% in the last 5 years
  • The top three professions represented among the associations are: Engineering, Business and Information Technology (IT)
  • The two largest ethnocultural groups are Latin Americans and East and South East Asians
  • Over 15 different languages spoken in our PINs associations including: English, Arabic, Armenian, French, Bulgarian, Tagalog/Filipino, Romanian, Spanish, Mandarin, Hindi, Urdu, Farsi, Korean, Nepali, Tamil, Italian

Impact of our work:

Raising Awareness 

  • Groups cover a range of professions such as: engineering, architecture, accounting, IT, law, healthcare and business management
  • Over 75% of associations organize by profession or ethnicity


Fostering Collaboration

  • 85% benefited from collaborating with other immigrant associations and partners in the PIN network (2013)
  • 93% acted upon connections and referrals made through PINs (2013)

Developing Leaders

  • 73% stated PINs had an impact on improving their association's organizational management capacity (2013)
  • 85% of association 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 (2011)
  • 70% of association leaders want to develop their leadership skills; however 80% of leaders have not participated in leadership development activities (2011)

Find out what else PINs leaders had to say in the PINs Three Year report