Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS)

Connecting newly arrived families to services and resources in the school and community

How can SWIS help you?


Information for principals, teachers and educators.


Adult services, programs and initiatives.

Youth (Coming Soon!)

Youth services, programs and initiatives.

SWIS Summer Programs

What is SWIS?

The Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) initiative places settlement workers in elementary and secondary schools in Durham Region. The program is open to all families in the school community.  SWIS Durham is a partnership of the Durham District School Board (DDSB), the Durham Catholic District School Board (DCDSB), Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Community Development Council Durham (CDCD). SWIS connects newly arrived families to services and resources in the school and the community in order to promote settlement and foster student achievement.


SWIS Mission Statement

SWIS Durham is committed to providing quality initial settlement services to newcomer families with school aged children in the region of Durham; offering service that is; confidential, culturally appropriate, non-judgemental and sensitive to the needs of the client, in an inclusive, accessible manner that empowers and fosters client independence.

Who is my SWIS worker?

Each school is assigned a SWIS worker.  Find the worker for your school here.

SWIS Contacts