What’s New

January 25, 2023

BC Refugee Hub Webinar: Innovative Employment Supports for Refugees and Refugee Claimants

This webinar, hosted by ISSofBC’s BC Refugee Hub on January 24th, 2023, focuses on innovative employment programs for refugees and refugee claimants. Speakers share challenges, best […]
January 23, 2023

ISSofBC GAR Bulletin – October 1 to December 31, 2022

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 […]
January 18, 2023

Mental Health Toolkit for Refugees and Refugee Claimants

This online toolkit curated by the BC Refugee Hub includes a short guide to mental health, mental illness, trauma, and resources available to those working with […]
January 18, 2023

The Library Champions Project – Vancouver Island

The Library Champions project is expanding to Vancouver Island. It is a volunteer project that links newcomers to local libraries. Library Champions is a 3-month online volunteer project […]
January 17, 2023

PIRS – Building Bridges Program

Are you a skilled immigrant or refugee woman? Are you interested in honing your skills to increase employability? The Building Bridges program can help you set and achieve your […]
January 16, 2023

UBC Migration & MOSAIC – Migration & Mental Health: A Film Screening and Panel Discussion for Healthcare Providers & Settlement Workers

Are you a frontline mental health worker supporting immigrants and refugees in your community? Are you familiar with, or do you wish to learn more about […]
January 11, 2023

Community and Healthcare Interpreter Training Program

This program offers: 11 weeks of online learning of employability and occupational skills training 12 weeks of work experience at an organization that matches the participants […]
January 10, 2023

Inasmuch – Free English Language Training

Inasmuch is offering free English language training to all newcomers including refugee claimants and newcomer Ukrainians and Afghans. Classes begin January 24, 2023. Classes will Be […]
January 5, 2023

CYRRC – Report: The Labour Market Vulnerabilities of Refugees in Canada – The Impacts of Entry Programs

This study combined data from IRCC’s entry visa information and the 2016 census of population records. Researchers wanted to learn if different refugee groups have different […]
December 21, 2022

IRB – Summary of key changes to the Immigration Appeal Division Rules

The new Immigration Appeal Division Rules, 2022,​ come into force on January 14, 2023. The new Rules, which replace the old Rules introduced in 2002, will modernize […]
November 25, 2022

Statistical Bulletin – Arrival of Afghan Refugees in Canada

In this statistical bulletin produced by the BC Refugee Hub, the arrival of Afghan refugees to Canada is examined. The information is broken down by arrivals […]
November 17, 2022

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada: Work permit issuance for asylum claimants in Canada

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada introduced a new temporary measure that will accelerate work permit issuance for asylum claimants in CanadaImmigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Under […]
November 16, 2022

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada: Supplementary Information for the 2023-2025 Immigration Levels Plan

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is pleased to release details on the Government of Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan for 2023-2025. Canada aims to welcome 465,000 new […]
November 15, 2022

BWSS: Colour of Violence: Race, Gender & Anti-Violence Services

The Battered Women’s Support Services is launching “Colour of Violence: Race, Gender & Anti-Violence Services” As part of the #16DaysofActivism Against Gender-Based Violence, BWSS is thrilled […]
November 10, 2022

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada: 2022 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration

“The Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration is a requirement of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. It provides the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship […]
October 31, 2022

BC Business – Article: How the Afghan Women’s Employment program is helping refugees land on their own feet

In this article, BC Business highlights the success story of YWCA Metro Vancouver’s six-week program that offers employment training and resources in Pashto and Dari speaking […]
October 28, 2022

Healing in Colour – A Directory of BIPOC therapists

Healing in Colour is a resource that connects BIPOC individuals with a BIPOC therapist in their community. The Healing in Colour project envisions a world where […]
October 25, 2022

IRCC: Special program to sponsor Afghan refugees without refugee status from the UNHCR or a foreign state

Starting October 17, 2022, groups of five and community sponsors in Canada can sponsor Afghan refugees without having to submit a refugee status determination (RSD) document from the […]
October 24, 2022

My Refugee Claim

My Refugee Claim is designed to inform, connect, and prepare each refugee claimant throughout their refugee claim journey. The printable Orientation Booklet is a navigation tool, […]
October 21, 2022

Statistics Canada – Report: Retention of government-assisted refugees in designated destinations: Recent trends and the role of destination characteristics

Refugees resettled in Canada as part of the Government-Assisted Refugees (GARs) Program are assigned to designated communities across the country. As the dispersion of refugees across […]