February 9, 2022

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Refugees, asylum claimants, sponsors and PRRA applicants

Travel restrictions have an impact on many people who can’t travel to Canada right now. These restrictions stop most discretionary travel to Canada. At this time, […]
September 22, 2021

IRCC: COVID-19 Factsheets for Sponsored and Resettled Refugees (Multilingual)

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has produced factsheets for sponsored and resettled refugees. The factsheets provide information on the symptoms of COVID-19 and how to […]
September 17, 2021

Travel Resumption Resource Kit for Refugee Sponsors (Updated August 2021)

Refugee Sponsorship Training Program‘s (RSTP) Travel Resumption Resource Kit for Refugee Sponsors is available to download at the links below. The kit: Outlines the procedure that […]
June 7, 2021

Report: Supporting Canada’s COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery Through Robust Immigration Policy and Programs

Canada has been seen globally as a leader in immigration and integration policies and programs, and as an attractive and welcoming country for immigrants, refugees, temporary […]
April 19, 2021

COVID-19 – Multilingual Vaccination Registration Information

Online registration is open for eligible people living or working in BC. Spread the word and help your friends and family get registered. Only register when […]
December 9, 2020

IRCC announces opening date of special measures for refugee claimants working in health care during the pandemic

Today Minister Mendicino announced that on December 14 IRCC will begin accepting applications for permanent residence from refugee claimants who work in Canada’s health-care sector and […]
November 12, 2020

Kinbrace: Refugee Hearings During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Navigating the refugee claim process can be complex, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The information and resources at the READY for My Refugee Hearing website will […]
October 7, 2020

New border measures to protect Canadian public health + travel restrictions update

News release October 2, 2020—Ottawa—Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Marco E. L. Mendicino, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair and Health Minister Patty Hajdu […]
September 7, 2020

Legal Aid BC: Legal Help Under Covid-19

Legal Aid BC is still here to help clients during COVID-19. Find up-to-date information about legal aid applications, legal information, and child protection, family advice, and criminal legal services […]
September 4, 2020

Refugee 613 – Multilingual Videos: Explains the Current Guidance on Wearing Masks

Refugee 613 has produced several multilingual videos to help ensure language is not a barrier to getting accurate, trustworthy information during COVID-19. Produced in collaboration with […]
August 1, 2020

PICS & IKEA Kits for South Van Clients

PICS and IKEA have teamed up to provide care and assistance to those in need during this pandemic. Access the poster for more information and who […]
July 26, 2020

Canadian Women’s Foundation: The Violence at Home Signal for Help – Video and Toolkit

There’s ample evidence that disaster situations can lead to a surge in gender-based violence. Public health directives on home isolation might increase danger and risk for people in […]
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 […]
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

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 […]
June 15, 2020

Metropolis: The Economic and Social Impacts of COVID-19 on Newcomers to Canada

Chaired by Jack Jedwab, the Chair of the COVID-19 Social Impacts Network, the May 1st Metropolis online conference will consist of two feature sessions. The first will […]
June 10, 2020

The Refugee Claimant Giving Group: Support Refugees Across Vancouver

With all that is happening in the world, many refugee families are forced to seek refuge in Vancouver and across Canada to escape violence, persecution, prejudice, […]
June 7, 2020

Toolkit: IRMHP- Support the Mental Health of Immigrants and Refugees: A toolkit

  Building capacity to support the mental health of immigrants and refugees: A toolkit for settlement, social and health service providers by the Immigrant and Refugee Mental […]