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Northumberland Newcomers Network

Who We Are

We are a group of newcomers and long-term immigrants and we exist as a support network as well as an advocacy group for newcomer entrepreneurs to Northumberland County. Our advocacy includes raising awareness about the unique challenges faced by newcomers and proposing policy solutions at the municipal level. We also organize events, together with our partners, to create opportunities for newcomers and long-term businesses in the county to meet and network.


On our first year, the network is led by a strong partnership between two immigrant entrepreneurs: Parv Billing and Mario Pareja. Parv owns a Subway franchise in the county; he came to Canada in 1999 from India. Mario, who immigrated to Canada in 1990 with his family, owns a KIA car dealership, also in Cobourg.

What We Do

  1. We raise awareness on and propose policy solutions to unique challenges faced by newcomers;
  2. We advocate, on behalf of newcomers and immigrants, for access to programs and services that newcomers may otherwise not be qualified for;
  3. We organize events to introduce newcomers to their new community, including existing local businesses;
  4. We connect newcomer entrepreneurs with partners in Northumberland County to facilitate:
    • business planning
    • financial assistance
    • mentorship opportunities

Watch how our community supports immigrant entrepreneurs:

Connect with Us

Be a part of the Northumberland Newcomers network and help us to promote diversity in our region and position Northumberland County as a more welcoming community and an ideal destination for newcomer entrepreneurs.

Our Partners

Get Involved

Below are the initial members of the network:


Questions or concerns? Send us an email. Or call Dindin Villarino at (905) 372-3329 ext 6249.