What’s New

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 15, 2022

ISSofBC GAR Bulletin – July 1 – September 30, 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 […]
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 […]
October 4, 2022

Resettlement Plus: Information Sharing Portal

Resettlement Plus is a knowledge hub on pathways to refugee protection. A platform for sharing information about resettlement and other third country avenues to protection, Resettlement […]
October 3, 2022

Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB): Making an immigration appeal

New web content is now available to support individuals making an immigration appeal.  IRC is pleased to announce that new webpages to help individuals appeal an […]
September 28, 2022

BC Refugee Hub Factsheet: Permanent Residence for Extended Family Members of Afghan Interpreters

The Government of Canada—Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), have introduced a new pathway to permanent residency for extended family members of Afghan interpreters who immigrated under […]
September 27, 2022

AMSSA: BCSIS Virtual Information Session WorkBC Employment Services

In this Virtual Information Session, WorkBC experts and a representative from the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction will provide an overview of WorkBC Employment […]
September 26, 2022

Journal Article – UBC Counselling & ISSofBC: Settlement-Integrated Refugee Mental Health

This journal article published in Canadian Psychology on settlement integrated refugee mental health program. This was a pilot program funded generously by the Lando Foundation at ISSofBC. […]
September 23, 2022

Online Course: Bridges to Safety – Building capacity of the settlement sector to respond to gender-based violence, together with the anti-violence sector

The YMCA and their national partners invite settlement and anti-violence sector staff to register for the new session of the online course “Bridges to Safety: Building […]
September 14, 2022

Immigration and Refugee Mental Health Project: Anti-racist and anti-oppression approaches when working with newcomers

The diversity of immigrants and refugees to Canada has increased substantially, leading to a racially and ethnically diverse population. Between 2011 and 2016, source countries for […]
September 8, 2022

ISSofBC – Afghan Special Bulletin

In recognition of the one-year anniversary of the Afghan Special Initiative (ASI) and the first arrivals of Afghan refugees to BC on September 7th 2022, the […]
September 8, 2022

ISSofBC – New Perspectives Series – Indigenous views on immigration to Turtle Island

To celebrate our 50th anniversary, ISSofBC, in partnership with the Ismaili Centre, Vancouver, has created the New Perspectives series that will feature three public events held […]