Can Specialized Programming Help Newcomer Women Cope with COVID-19?

The Career Pathways for Visible Minority Newcomer Women (CPVMNW) pilot was designed to be offered in-person. Service providers had to switch to virtual service delivery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Using novel survey data, we summarize the opportunities and challenges of virtual services from the perspective of the research participants, as well as their financial situation, wellbeing, and employment outcomes. We also investigated the short-term impacts of the program on participants’ mental health, stress levels, and employment outcomes during the pandemic.