What’s New

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 18, 2020

DIVERSEcity: H.E.A.L. for Work Program for Women

Empowering survivors of violence and trauma getting into the labour market Gain new skills and work experience to build the life you want in Canada with […]
July 17, 2020

COVID-19 update: IRCC resuming processing of online applications for visitor visas and eTAs

Ottawa, June 30, 2020 – As of July 1, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will once again process online applications for visitor visas (including transit visas) and electronic […]
July 15, 2020

Event – MOSAIC and Inasmuch: Online Career Workshops

MOSAIC and Inasmuch have two upcoming online workshops regarding career development Getting the Job: The Best Answers to Top Interview Questions Wednesday, July 22nd  from 10:30 am […]
July 14, 2020

Immigration Division: Practice Notice on the resumption of in-person hearings

​​​The purpose of this Practice Notice is to communicate the Immigration Division’s (ID) intention to resume in-person hearings on September 14, 2020. It also serves to […]
July 4, 2020

City of Victoria’s PBSC: Participatory Budgeting Funding Opportunity!

 How would you spend $50,000 to assist newcomers in Victoria?   Did You Know: Close to 20% of Victoria’s population is composed of immigrants or refugees. […]
July 3, 2020

IRB: Update from Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada’s (IRB) expanded use of epost Connect

Following the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada’s (IRB) recent notice on its expanded use of epost Connect, it is with regret that we need to […]
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 […]
July 3, 2020

AMSSA: Improving Service Delivery in BC

This edition of Migration Matters provides an overview of IRCC’s Service Delivery Improvement (SDI) funding stream and showcases projects in order to highlight current research, best […]
July 3, 2020

IRB: Business resumption measures related to COVID-19

As of June 15, 2020, the Vancouver office of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) resumed mail and registry support functions critical for the […]
July 1, 2020

Toolkit – ISSofBC: Welcome to Our Homelands – A greeting from Canada’s First Peoples to newcomers

ISSofBC is very pleased to announce the formal launch of the Welcome to our Homelands in celebration of National Indigenous Day (June 21, 2020).   This […]
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 24, 2020

Ni Wakati – Support for African immigrants and refugee women

Ni Wakati supports African immigrant and refugee women in making informed choices about their health and social needs.Navigating a new healthcare system as an African newcomer […]
June 24, 2020

Report – NRC: The World’s Most Neglected Displacement Crises

The Norwegian Refugee Council is an independent humanitarian organization helping people forced to flee. Every day, millions of children, women and men are trapped in forgotten […]
June 23, 2020

Event – Burnaby Family Life: Webinar on Affordable Child Care Benefit

Burnaby Family Life is hosting a FREE webinar on affordable child care benefit Thursday, June 25 at 3 pm.   What is it? Weekly talks with […]
June 19, 2020

Event – CCR: World Refugee Day (CCR Virtual Spring Consultation)

Event: Come celebrate with us, World Refugee Day (CCR Virtual Spring Consultation) On-line storytelling on access and inclusion: Come celebrate World Refugee Day with us! On […]
June 19, 2020

Event – Jumpstart Refugee Talent: World Refugee Day – Newly-settled Refugees Share Their Stories

Watch and listen to newly-settled refugees share their stories about navigating through the economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 health crisis on Friday June 19th, 2020.  […]
June 19, 2020

PIRS: Fresh Veggies for Newcomer Families

Earlier this year, PIRS embarked on a potential research project with the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) at KPU that looked into providing healthy food to newcomer […]
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. […]
June 18, 2020

ISSofBC: Bursaries 2020

ISSofBC is encouraging education for newcomers and refugees to Canada with nine bursaries of $1,000 each. Eligible applicants committed to their academic pursuits may apply for […]