New index looks at how immigrants' lives line up with Canadian-born

Two cities in Ontario, one in Newfoundland and one in New Brunswick come out on top of newly released rankings on where the lives of immigrants most closely match up to those born in Canada.

The Canadian Index for Measuring Integration crunches data on four different indicators for both immigrants and the native-born to figure out where their lives intersect.

On economics, it's Oshawa, Ont., while for health it's London, Ont. On social factors, St. John's, N.L., is tops, while for civic and democratic participation it is Saint John, N.B.

Project director Jack Jedwab says the aim of the index is to give policy-makers and those who help newcomers the data to measure progress in newcomer integration.

He says that kind of information is essential as governments seek to measure the results from substantial investments aimed at helping newcomers adjust.

The federally funded project debuted Wednesday in Montreal at a major research conference on immigration settlement.