September 10, 2020

Career Readiness Workshop for Refugees

Are you a REFUGEE or a REFUGEE CLAIMANT? Are you looking to find meaningful employment that aligns with your previous work experience and/or educational experience? Join […]
September 4, 2020

ISSofBC: Refugee-related application videos

ISSofBC has produced eight instructional videos on applications related to refugee claimants. These videos were created to guide refugees through the process of applying for a […]
August 17, 2020

ISSofBC – Reviving Hope and Home Program

Reviving Hope and Home – RHH is a flexible, individualized program for Government Assisted Refugee mothers to help them build connections and settle in Canada.  Government Assisted […]
August 14, 2020

New bursary program for refugees and asylum seekers! 

Vancouver Career College and CDI College are launching a bursary program for refugees and asylum seekers that covers up to $5,000 worth of tuition towards diploma or certificate programs […]
July 20, 2020

(Updated) Free English Conversation Circles – A Comprehensive Listing

English Conversation Circles are a free resource for all refugees and newcomers to take advantage of to practice their English skills, make social connections and learn […]
July 3, 2020

Report – ISSofBC: Journeys to Integration – Government Assisted Refugees in BC

This report focuses on the integration experiences of government-assisted refugees (GARs) who settled in British Columbia between January 2007 and December 2016. After briefly summarizing literature […]
June 24, 2020

Report – ISSofBC: Needs Assessment – RAP Arrivals January 2019 to March 2020

Needs Assessment – RAP (Arrivals January 2019 to March 2020)   ISSofBC Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) staff surveyed 949 Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) arriving in the […]
June 18, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): financial assistance for newcomers, temporary residents and refugees

Canada is helping people who face financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you live in Canada, even temporarily, there may be support for you. […]
May 21, 2020

Government of Canada: COVID-19 financial assistance for newcomers, temporary residents and refugees

The Government of Canada has created this resource page on COVID-19 financial assistance for newcomers, temporary residents and refugees. Canada is helping people who face financial […]
May 4, 2020

Rainbow Refugee – Resources and Support during COVID-19

Group Support Virtual Drop ins –Information and support for LGBTQI refugee claimants & newcomers in BC. Stand-by interpretation in Farsi, Arabic, Spanish & Bahasa Indonesian is usually […]
April 30, 2020

VAST – Getting Through It (Online)

Getting Through IT (Refugee Claimant Support) offered by VAST Weekly psychosocial support group for refugees who are working through their refugee claim. Provides an integrated approach […]
April 13, 2020

ISSofBC GAR Bulletin – January 1 – March 31, 2020

ISSofBC GAR Bulletins: Learn more about the thousands of Government Assisted Refugees ISSofBC has welcomed in over 45 years of serving newcomers to BC. Statistics on […]
February 17, 2020

Law Foundation of BC – Legal Advocacy Programs

Law Foundation of BC – Legal Advocacy Programs The Law Foundation of British Columbia funds Legal Advocacy Programs across British Columbia for low-income immigrants, refugees and […]
February 4, 2020

Report – Stats Canada: The Long-term Economic Outcomes of Refugee Private Sponsorship

Summary: An important policy initiative implemented for the past 40 years in Canada, refugee private sponsorship has attracted international attention as Europe continues to grapple with […]
December 27, 2019

Legal Resources for Refugees & Refugee Claimants in BC

The following webpage provides a curated list of free or low-cost legal resources available to refugees and refugee claimants in British Columbia.     Free or […]
December 10, 2019

CCR Toolkit: Refugee family reunification: Practical Guide

This practical guide provides basic information for those assisting refugees in reuniting with immediate family members (spouse and dependent children). This version is last updated in […]
December 5, 2019

PIRS – Refugee StrongStart Program

PIRS – Refugee StrongStart Program This program brings parents and children together and focuses on the following domains of developmental parenting: Affection: warmth, physical closeness, and […]
December 4, 2019

IRCC launches pilot project for family reunification

IRCC launches pilot project for family reunification:  IRCC has launched a new 2-year pilot project that will reunite more families. The pilot project allows some previous […]
December 3, 2019

DIVERSEcity – First Steps Early Years Refugee Program

The First Steps Early Years Refugee Settlement Program has been designed to serve both newly arrived refugee children ages birth to five and their caregivers. The […]
November 27, 2019

REPORT – IRCC: Syrian Outcomes Report – Research and Evaluations

In June 2019, IRCC’s Evaluations Division released a report on Syrian Outcomes. The Syrian Outcomes Report provides a thematic overview of the outcomes of the Syrian […]