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  Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC   Vol 25, No. 2: Fall 2007




                                    ReThinking
                                                 Settlement
                                                  Services
                                             Across BC
                                                                                                                                     Message
                                                                                                                                                                  S
                                                                                                                                                                            hortly after AMSSA was born 30 years ago, Cultures West
                                                                                                                                                                            emerged as a newsletter for keeping member agencies

in this issue...                                              AMSSA is an affiliation of Member Agencies providing                   from the                               and stakeholders abreast of multicultural interests, news

                                                                                                                                    President
                                                              immigrant settlement and multicultural services in                                                            and issues in BC. In celebration of amssa’s 30th anniver-
                                                              communities throughout BC.
FEATURES                                                                                                                                                          sary, Cultures West is getting a makeover. However, do not be
3  Message from the President                                                                                                                                     dismayed as the changes are not of the extreme kind. They are aes-
   Emese Szücs                                                VISION
4 Reflections on Working in the Immigrant                     AMSSA believes in a just and equitable society which values                                         thetic and we continue explore important themes with with infor-
   Settlement Sector                                          Canada’s cultural diversity.
   Sherman Chan, Jean McRae, Timothy Welsh
                                                                                                                                                                  mative and thought provoking content.
7 Immigrant Settlement Services in Portugal                   MISSION
                                                              AMSSA provides leadership in advocacy and education in British                                           This edition of Cultures West is all    that are emerging to meet the needs of
   Timothy Welsh
                                                              Columbia for anti-racism, human rights, and social justice. AMSSA                                   about issues relating to settlement and      newcomers as well as those who are still
8 An Immigration Strategy for Newfoundland                    supports its members in serving immigrants, refugees and culturally                                 immigration. For many years demogra-         in the process of immigrating to Canada.
   and Labrador
                                                              diverse communities.                                                                                phers, economists and think tanks have       These include a couple of interesting
   Bridget Foster
9 Immigration Trends in Alberta                                                                                                                                   been citing immigration as the leading       websites like www.canadaimmigrants.
   Jim Gurnett                                                GOALS                                                                                               factor in Canada’s economic well-being.      com and www.notcanada.com from
22 Partnering for Success: The Story of the Association           To build Member Agencies’ capacity through effective                                            It’s a theme that is catching on.            which we share some of the engaging
   of International Medical Doctors of BC                           communication, facilitation, and collaboration.                                               Consider this — the June 28, 2007            dialogue between immigrants and
   Patrick Coady                                                                                                                                                  edition of the Globe and Mail reports        prospective immigrants.
24 It’s Not about the Money: Stories from Front Line              To advocate for social justice and equity in immigration,
                                                                                                                                                                  that “The most critical issue facing             And since immigration is all about
   Settlement Workers                                               multiculturalism, anti-racism, and human rights.
                                                                                                                                                                  Canadians is immigration.” Fortunately,      people, we bring you personal experi-
   Cecelia Chong, Sharon Pannu
                                                                  To increase AMSSA’s profile as a provincial organization.                Fortunately, the       the provincial and federal governments
                                                                                                                                                                  are also coming to terms with this real-
                                                                                                                                                                                                               ences from long term workers reflecting
                                                                                                                                                                                                               on changes to the sector while front line
ARTICLES & STORIES                                                                                                                         provincial and         ity: immigration is redefining Canada        workers talk about why they do the work
10 Canada’s New Government Delivers Funding                   AMSSA                                                                                               and remains essential to our future.         they do.
   for Settlement Sector                                      205-2929 Commercial Drive                                                    federal government          In this edition of Cultures West we         Not to be forgotten of course are our
11 Provincial Funding to help Immigrants Settle,              Vancouver, BC V5N 4C8                                                                               take a broad look at settlement services.    popular departments. Again, while we
   Access Work                                                                                                                             are also coming        A quick examination of the federal           have updated our look, our content
                                                              Tel: 604 718-2777           1 888 355-2777
16 Federal Initiatives: Improving Information for
   Potential Immigrants
                                                              Fax: 604 298-0747                                                            to terms with this     immigration program in Portugal shows        remains vital. Challenge yourself with
                                                              Email: amssa@amssa.org                                                                              us what other countries are doing.           the MindBuster Quiz, see what’s been
18 Provincial Initiatives: Settlement Workers in Schools
   (SWIS) Initiative
                                                              Website: www.amssa.org                                                       reality: immigration   Closer to home, we look at immigration       happening with our member agencies in
                                                                                                                                                                  and settlement trends in Alberta and         our Member Achievements section (for-
19 Provincial Initiatives: Skills Connect for Immigrants      AMSSA STAFF                                                                  is redefining          Newfoundland. With service funding be-       merly Regional Roundup) and read our
                                                              Executive Director: Lynn Moran
20 The Emergence of Mutual Support Groups
23 Support Networks: BC Internationally Trained
                                                              Program Director: Timothy Welsh                                              Canada and             ing an important factor in this sector we
                                                                                                                                                                  also review what’s happening both at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                               PostScript on the changes taking place
                                                                                                                                                                                                               at Metropolis BC.
                                                              Accountant: Brita Fransvaag
   Professionals Network (BCITP Net)                          Administrative Assistant: Inna Tomashuk                                      remains essential to   provincial and government levels.                There’s a lot of information between
                                                              Calendar Coordinator: Bernard Bouska                                                                     There are several new and fairly        these covers, so sit back, relax and enjoy
IN EVERY ISSUE                                                Safe Harbour Project Coordinator: Lindsay Marsh                              our future.            innovative programs aimed at helping         the new Cultures West !
6    Mind Buster Quiz                                         EDITORIAL COMMITTEE                                                                                 newcomers settle in Canada more easily.      Emese Szücs, President
12   Member Achievements                                      Editor: Leslyn V. Johnson                                                                           Check out federal initiatives such as ciip
                                                              Jean McRae, Lynn Moran, Kelly Pollack, Timothy Welsh                                                and the Canadian Foreign Credential
26   Answers to Mind Buster Quiz
26   Kudos                                                                                                                                                        Referral Office, while the BC government
                                                              DESIGN AND LAYOUT
                                                                                                                                                                  weighs in with Skills Connect and Settle-
26   Welcoming New Members                                    John McLachlan – Gliss Media
                                                                                                                                                                  ment Workers in Schools.
27   Post Script:
     Metropolis BC – New Kid on the Block or Old Neighbour?   This issue of Cultures West funded by                                                                    The discussion would not be com-
     Vicky Baker                                              BC Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch.                                                            plete without including mutual support
                                                                                                                                                                  groups and community organizations
28 List of AMSSA members (as of October 20, 2007)             ISSN 0844-1715

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Reflections on Working in the
Immigrant Settlement Sector
Reflections on Settlement Service Training and Standards                                                                                                            My Reflections on Working in Immigrant
Sherman Chan – Director of Settlement Services, MOSAIC




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                he first settlement organi-       In 1998 the Canadian Council for         ism Division released a BCSAP Training
                                                                                                                                                                    Settlement – 15 Years In
                                                                                                                                                                    Timothy Welsh – Program Director, AMSSA




                                                                                                                                                                    I
                zation was incorporated       Refugees published a book on Best            Framework in 2007, and a BC Settlement
                in 1922 as the Jewish         Settlement Practice, while the National      and Adaptation Program Conference:
                                                                                                                                                                            started in immigrant settlement       “Thanks to my son, there will be work-
                Immigrant Aid Society.        Settlement Conference Working Group          Redefining Immigrant Settlement in BC
                                                                                                                                                                            somewhat by accident. I had           ers to take care of us in our retirement
                85 years later, settlement    IV produced a discussion paper on            was held in 2007.
                                                                                                                                                                            worked in many positions in           years.” And I have lived an amazing range
service has become a specialized service      National Settlement Service and                  Settlement services extend beyond
                                                                                                                                                                            government, but decided that          of experiences working in community
geared to facilitate the full and equi-       Standards Framework in 2003.                 immigrant and refugee serving orga-
                                                                                                                                                                            wasn’t a “fit” for me. That includ-   non-profit settlement services.
table participation of all newcomers in           Locally, the Multilateral Task Force     nization, and therefore much more is              We now get calls       ed working as an Immigration Enforce-             I am equally excited and concerned
Canadian society. Settlement services         on Training, Career Pathing and Labour       needed. It is essential to have competen-
are not just provided through immigrant       Mobility produced a final report on          cy based training, sectoral standards and         daily from media,      ment Officer at the Vancouver airport. I
                                                                                                                                                                    subsequently discovered that jobs with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  about the future of this unusual social
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  serving sector. I truly value the great
and refugee serving organizations; they       Occupational Competencies Frame-             settlement workers’ support networks
are also provided through neighbour-          work for Immigrant and Multicultural         that are committed to ensuring quality
                                                                                                                                             professional           non-profit organizations were a much          respect that our many community
                                                                                                                                                                    better personal “fit,” including manag-       partners show for our expertise and
hood houses, community centers, school        Service (1998), the Ministry of Attorney     service provision to new immigrants and           associations, sector   ing a Labour Market Language Program          commitment. But I see that the
districts, private sector and others.         General Settlement and Multicultural-        refugees all across BC.
                                                                                                                                                                    at iss and helping refugees at Welcome        community-based agencies that have
                                                                                                                                             councils, academics,   House. But I learned quickly that no-one      done this work for years continue to
                                                                                                                                             students, private      understood what I did! My parents tried       face the same old challenges: increasing
                                                                                                                                                                    to show interest, but even they were          service demand and insufficient and un-
                                                                                                                                             sector companies,
Reflections of working in the immigrant settlement sector 1981 – 2007                                                                                               confused.
                                                                                                                                                                         Well how times have changed!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  stable service funding. And now they see
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mainstream organizations moving into
Jean McRae – Executive Director, Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria                                                              school boards, the



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                                                                                                                                                                    Everybody not only understands the            our sector to provide similar services.
                         hen, in 1981, I           Now, there are esl programs and                                                           general public and     importance of immigrant and refugee
                                                                                                                                                                    settlement now, it seems like everyone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  After years of benign neglect by govern-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ment and the public, all eyes are now on
                         started to study     settlement services available for all
                         to teach English     immigrants, in addition to more special-                                                       every imaginable       wants to deliver settlement and integra-      us and the work we do.
                         as a Second          ized employment programs available to              I think, overall, things                                           tion services. In the last few years work-
                         Language, very       all immigrants. Most of the programs                                                           government body.       ing at amssa, responding to requests to
few people were aware of what esl was.        are now funded by the province and as
                                                                                                 have gotten better                                                 share our expertise and to collaborate
                                                                                                                                             Timothy Welsh
Several years later all the students in my    a sector we had a lot of influence on the          and that there is                                                  has become unmanageable. We now
                                                                                                                                                                    get calls daily from media, professional
high school esl classes were refugees.        nature of the services. I think, overall,
When I started working at a settlement        things have gotten better and that there           a much greater                                                     associations, sector councils, academ-
agency, part of my job as a settlement        is a much greater awareness in our                                                                                    ics, students, private sector companies,
worker was overseeing an esl program          communities of the value immigrants                awareness in our                                                   school boards, the general public and
                                                                                                                                                                    every imaginable government body.
for refugee women and all our clients
were refugees. The services were limited
                                              bring to our society and the importance
                                              of good services to ease their entry into
                                                                                                 communities of the                                                 “Please serve on our advisory committee,”
and the eligibility was limited. All the      their new community. Some things                   value immigrants                                                   “Please act as a research informant,” “Do
programs were funded by the federal           haven’t changed for the better. The                                                                                   you know where I can find research on
government. Service providers pulled          sector is still under-funded and we are            bring to our society...                                            how great immigrants are assimilating?”
together and advocated for expansion of       constantly forced to prove our worth                                                                                       I am happy to say my mom has
                                                                                                 Jean McRae                                                         grown to be very proud of my work, and
services and more reasonable levels of        as providers. There is still work to do to
funding.                                      improve the services.                                                                                                 she loves to tell her friends what I do:


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                            Mind Buster                                                                                         Global Trends in Immigration:
                                                  quiz                                                                          Immigrant Settlement Services in Portugal
                                                                                                                                by Timothy Welsh




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                                                                                                                                              ortugal and the City of
                                                                                                                                              Lisbon are experiencing

➊ How many new immigrants arrived in Canada in 2006?       ➏ What percentage of immigrants to BC in 2006 arrived
                                                                                                                                              and responding to a fairly
                                                                                                                                              new trend, the welcomed
     a) 151,511                                                 with official language skills?                                                arrival of increasing
     b) 251,511                                                 a) 57%
                                                                                                                                increasing numbers of immigrants of
     c) 351,511                                                 b) 64%
                                                                                                                                mass emigration. Portugal’s economy is
     d) 451,511                                                 c) 67%
                                                                d) 74%                                                          strengthening with the eu, after decades
                                                                                                                                at the trailing end of European economic
➋ Which province had the largest share of Canada’s                                                                              performance. Along with ongoing arriv-
     business class immigrants in 2006?                    ➐ In 2006, which of the following was not one of the top             als of refugees, primarily from former
     a) Ontario                                                 five intended occupations of principal applicants in the        Portuguese colonies in Africa, Portugal is
     b) Quebec                                                  Skilled Worker Class?                                           now promoting organized immigration
     c) British Columbia                                        a) Computer programmer                                          from its former colonies and Eastern
     d) Alberta                                                 b) Mechanical engineers                                         Europe. Ukraine is now the primary
                                                                c) Sales, marketing and advertising managers                    source country, followed by Brazil and
                                                                d) Civil engineers
➌ BC Welcomed 42,000 new immigrants in 2006.
                                                                                                                                a range of African countries including
                                                                                                                                Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde,
     These new arrivals came from how many countries or
                                                           ➑ In order of number, rank the following immigrants to BC
                                                                                                                                Mozambique and Sao Tome and
     regions?
                                                                                                                                Principe.
     a) 76                                                      by World Source Region.
     b) 110                                                     a) Africa, Middle East                                              In Portugal, the federal agency re-
     c) 180                                                     b) Asia, Australia and Pacific                                  sponsible for immigrants and settlement
     d) 203                                                     c) Europe, except the UK                                        is the National Immigrant Support              claims and social services).                Portuguese very readily due to common
                                                                d) Latin America, Greenland                                     Centre (acime). There are two ACIME                Immigrant and settlement serv-          pronunciations.
                                                                e) United Kingdom                                               locations. One is in Lisbon, the main          ing ngos are represented by Cultural            acime also includes a cultural
➍ Which are the top three source countries for the Live-        f) United States                                                destination of newcomers to the                Interpreters, who must first demon-         forum, a food bar, client work spaces,
     in-Caregiver Program?                                                                                                      country. The second is in the only other       strate their strong active connections      a supervised child’s play area and an
     a) Philippines, India, Russia                         Data taken from Immigration Trends 2006 published in May             significant immigrant receiving centre,        to communities and who are trained to       independent Immigration Observatory
     b) Philippines, Slovak Republic, England              2007 by the Multicultural and Immigration Branch, Government         the smaller northern city of Porto. acime      do language and cultural interpretation     research office that has organized access
     c) Philippines, England, Russia                       of British Columbia.                                                 is primarily staffed by government             to all acime offices. All staff wear some   to a broad range of their own and others’
     d) Philippines, India, Slovak Republic                                                                                     employees and presents an interesting          form of colour coded clothing (ties,        research reports.
                                                                                                                                and dynamic approach to supporting             scarves etc.) which correspond to wall

➎ Which are the top three source countries for Refugees                                                                         immigrants and refugees.                       signs that code service types by colour     Timothy Welsh is a Program Director AMSSA.
     to BC?                                                                                                                         There is a very new Portuguese             and number. Services include triage,
     a) Thailand, Afghanistan, Iran                                                                                             Secretariat of Immigration, which brings       immigration (including refugee claims),
     b) Sudan, Iran, Pakistan                                                                                                   together staff from a range of govern-         health, social supports, employment,
     c) Sudan, Afghanistan, Iran                                                Answers can be found on page 26                 ment ministries and functions into a           legal support and education. Interest-
     d) Thailand, Afghanistan, Pakistan                                                                                         single integrated service centre. Staff are    ingly, only the Ukrainians don’t speak
                                                                                                                                specially trained for the particulars of as-   Portuguese as a first language, so the
                                                                                                                                sisting immigrants and refugees, and in        provision of immigrant language train-
                                                                                                                                some cases are given clear roles as            ing is new to Portugal and not done by
                                                                                                                                advocates within government systems            acime but by community organizations.
                                                                                                                                on behalf of their clients (e.g. refugee       However, the Ukrainians, it seems, learn

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An Immigration Strategy                                                                                                                      Immigration Trends in Alberta
for Newfoundland and Labrador                                                                                                                by Jim Gurnett


by Bridget Foster




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                  ver the past number of                                                      foundland and Labrador Immigration                           or many years Alberta has       ary migrants now coming to Alberta           statement and a number of practical
                  years, the face of im-                                                      Strategy, the provincial government                          not been very noticeable in     from other parts of Canada. This creates     programs.
                  migration has changed                                                       announced that it would establish an                         the area of immigration in      service challenges since federal funding         Another recent and troubling
                  considerably in Atlantic                                                    Office of Immigration and Multicultural-                     Canada since it only attracts   remains connected to landings. Thirty        issue in Alberta is the huge growth in
                  Canada. In fact, in my                                                      ism. With a commitment of six million                        about six or seven percent      percent or more of new clients at many       temporary foreign workers, especially
twenty-five years involved in the settle-                                                     dollars over three years, the strategy         of immigrants and has little overall          immigrant serving organizations each         those in lower skilled occupations. In
ment sector, first as a volunteer, then as                                                    outlines 18 goals with identified              approach to settlement and integration        month are now secondary migrants.            some rural municipalities there are now
Executive Director of the Association for         Bridget Foster at the March 21 launch of    activities and initiatives to ensure           issues.                                            In addition to specific funding         more temporary workers than citizens.
                                                  the Immigration Strategy for Newfoundland
New Canadians, I have witnessed signifi-          and Labrador.                               implementation. The government has                 Now, for the first time there is a        support for services to immigrants,          Immigrant-serving organizations gener-
cant growth and a renewed interest in                                                         also established targets and within five       ministry that recognizes this element of      community organizations, educational         ally are not funded to provide assistance
the sector.                                  attention and dedicated resources on             years hopes to attract between 1200 to         Alberta life in its name (Employment,         institutions and for-profit companies        to these people but they are increasingly
    Historically, immigration has been       immigration.                                     1500 immigrants annually, with a               Immigration and Industry) and, in late        also receive significant funding largely     showing up at the door. The provincial
the responsibility of the federal govern-         Over the past few years in New-             retention rate of approximately 70%.           2005 a policy framework for government        for immigrants from other provincial         government remains keen to support
ment. However, in more recent years,         foundland and Labrador, there has been               Out-migration, the shortage of skilled     action was approved. This past spring         departments. Much of the employment          employers clamouring for this “solution”
there has been a move to involve both        significant interest in immigration at           workers and declining birth rates are all      the province signed a new agreement           and family literacy services are funded in   to labour needs, but has not developed
the provinces and municipalities. In         both the provincial and community                key demographic concerns for New-              with Ottawa, with the goal of moving          this way.                                    procedures that provide assurance of it
fact, the commitment from provincial         levels. Immigration is seen not only as a        foundland and Labrador. Indeed with            towards Alberta having more control                The desperate shortage of low-          working well.
and municipal partners and the genuine       means to attract skilled workers and             a growing economy and looming skill            selecting immigrants. A weak provincial       income affordable housing in Edmonton            There are about 20 immigrant
interest from the community and other        offset out-migration, but also as a poten-       shortages, increased immigration and           nominee program is being revamped             and Calgary and smaller “boom” cities        serving organizations in Alberta who
stakeholders is remarkable. There is ob-     tial solution to revitalizing rural commu-       improved retention rates can provide           with new ambitious targets.                   such as Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray        work together as Alberta Association
vious momentum in the Atlantic region        nities. In December 2004, the provincial         potential solutions. I am very optimistic          The framework has four strategic          and Red Deer, is a huge difficulty for       of Immigrant Serving Agencies (aaisa).
as each of the provinces move forward in     government appointed a Director of Im-           about the future of immigration in New-        directions: creating welcoming commu-         immigrants. One organization reports         Its website at www.aaisa.ca offers good
establishing inclusive policies, programs    migration Policy and Planning. In 2005,          foundland and Labrador and, with the           nities, attracting more immigrants,           that two years ago settlement staff could    information and links. The provincial
and practices to make Atlantic Canada a      following the release of an immigration          current level of commitment and coop-          supporting people to live success-            typically find appropriate housing for a     government’s site is at
viable resettlement destination.             discussion paper and province-wide               eration, I am certain that we will achieve     fully and ensuring better labour market       newcomer family within three hours, but      http://employment.alberta.ca.
    Immigrant serving agencies have          consultations, a report on the consulta-         the targets outlined in the Provincial         achievements.                                 it is now taking three days.
long recognized the importance of            tions was released. In September 2006            Immigration Strategy. Not bad for a                The number of people choosing to               The City of Calgary has been thinking
attracting and retaining immigrants in       the provincial government hosted an              rocky island adrift in the North Atlantic!     land in Alberta has increased somewhat        about immigrants as part of its life for     Jim Gurnett is the Executive Director of the
order to help sustain Atlantic Canada.       Immigration Symposium which culmi-                                                              in the past two years and the ten percent     several years and has well-developed ac-     Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers
As such, in recent years the govern-         nated in the release of its Immigration          Bridget Foster is the Executive Director       goal of the policy framework may be in        tivities. The City of Edmonton has made
ments of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick          Strategy on March 21, 2007.                      of the Association for New Canadians in        sight. A more dramatic development has        rapid progress in the past two years
and pei have moved ahead, focusing                In March 2007, as part of the New-          St. John’s NFLD.                               been the substantial increase in second-      and recently adopted an overall policy

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Canada’s New Government                                                                                                                        Provincial Funding to help
Delivers Funding for Settlement Sector                                                                                                         Immigrants Settle and Access Work

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        n November 2006 the federal         $77 million for all other provinces and          ing important investments to ensure                                       elcomeBC is a         Multiculturalism Wally Oppal said.
        government announced $307           territories except Quebec, which is              the long-term success of newcomers                                        new immigration           Under the Agreement for Canada-
        million in new settlement fund-     covered by a separate agreement. Over            to Canada, including an $18 million                                       initiative unveiled   British Columbia Cooperation on Immi-
        ing to provinces and territories    $138 million will be provided to Brit-           investment allocated in budget 2006 to                                    in June 2007 to       gration last fall, the Province negotiated
        outside Quebec. The funding will    ish Columbia over the next two years,            establish an agency for the assessment                                    help immigrants       an additional $71.5 million in federal
ensure services and supports are in place   including $38 million from Budget 2006.          and recognition of foreign credentials            moving to British Columbia access exist-      funding, over two years, for services
to give immigrants every opportunity to         Canada’s new government is mak-              (see story on page17.)                            ing and expanded services under one           for the province’s growing immigrant
succeed in their new homeland.                                                                                                                 umbrella so they are better able to adapt     population and $1.573 million for anti-
    Former Minister of Citizenship and      Total settlement funding allocations                                                               to life in their new communities.             racism and multiculturalism services.
Immigration, Monte Solberg, said the        The following chart indicates the total settlement funding for the provinces and territo-               In making the announcement,              Other programs are being developed
move came as a result of the govern-        ries outside Quebec. This includes a renewal of the basic settlement funding received in           Premiere Gordon Campbell said that            in consultation with immigrant settle-
ment realizing that in recent years the     previous years, plus the additional $307 million announced in the 2006 budget.                     “WelcomeBC will help newcomers to             ment service providers, using available
number of newcomers to Canada was                                                                                                              British Columbia find everything from         funding.
growing rapidly, but settlement service     Province or territory         2005–06        2006–07        2007–08      Percentage of             important information about English               The funding is the first in a series
                                                                                                                     increase from
funding was not. He continued by saying                                                                              2005–06 – 2007–08         language courses to employment, health,       of anticipated enhancements over the                  The initiative will
that “now, there will be more new Cana-     Alberta                 $15,940,875 $25,123,492 $30,591,991              91.9%                     education and recreation services in          next two years which will reduce wait
dians who can access language train-        British Columbia        $40,401,285 $63,288,495 $75,427,732              86.7%                     their new communities.” The province          times for English language training and               improve immigrants’
ing, orientation, referral to community     Manitoba                 $8,819,850 $13,101,588 $14,952,888              69.5%                     is investing $43 million over two years       increase access to advanced language
resources, employment-related services,     Newfoundland and Labrador $892,475 $1,244,276 $1,311,252                 46.9%                     through WelcomeBC to help expand              training for those trying to gain employ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   access to jobs,
                                            New Brunswick            $1,012,201 $1,305,218 $1,785,240                76.4%
interpretation and translation.”
                                            Northwest Territories     $150,000    $203,647    $306,142               104.1%
                                                                                                                                               these important services and help immi-       ment. The initiative will improve immi-               reduce barriers
    Minister Solberg made the               Nova Scotia              $2,127,778 $27,22,534 $3,380,925                58.9%                     grants adapt to their new life in British     grants’ access to jobs, reduce barriers for
announcement with British Columbia          Nunavut                   $109,248    $137,812    $215,056               96.9%                     Columbia.                                     refugees and assist newcomers to settle               for refugees and
Premier Gordon Campbell at success, a       Prince Edward Island      $32,7800    $424,744    $773,702               136.0%                         BC continues to be Canada’s most         into their communities. It will also help
major immigrant-serving agency in BC        Saskatchewan             $2,577,750 $3,247,595 $3,985,192                54.6%                     popular destination, per capita, for new      immigrant youth and their families.                   assist newcomers
                                            Yukon                     $150,000    $195,513    $287,427               91.6%
and amssa member. They were joined by
partners from settlement organizations
                                                                                                                                               immigrants. About 42,200 immigrants
                                                                                                                                               moved to the province in 2006.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Pilot projects will explore new ways
                                                                                                                                                                                             of helping the most vulnerable newcom-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to settle into their
                                            * For Ontario, amounts are allocated as per the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement, which
and newcomers who benefit from pro-
                                            covers more programs than the breakdown above. The Agreement covers not only basic
                                                                                                                                               “WelcomeBC sends immigrants a mes-            ers, including refugees, as well as youth,            communities.
grams such as community orientation                                                                                                            sage that we all benefit when newcom-         children and families. Settlement work-
                                            services but also funding for Enhanced Language Training, an Internet portal and administration
and language training.                                                                                                                         ers can participate fully in local econo-     ers, located directly in schools, will assist
                                            costs for CIC. For 2006–07, this represents a total of $222,924,079, and for 2007–08, a total of
    “Immigration is an integral part of     $293 million.                                                                                      mies and community life,” Attorney            young people to succeed in school and
British Columbia’s Pacific Leadership                                                                                                          General and Minister responsible for          at home (see story on page 18).
Agenda and we want to ensure that
newcomers who come to our country                                                                                                                Over the next two years, WelcomeBC will provide:
through Canada’s Pacific Gateway can                 Immigration is an integral part of British Columbia’s                                          $9 million to reduce      $12 million to expand       $8 million to increase      $11 million for          $1.6 million for
access the opportunities and support                                                                                                                wait lists for begin-     intermediate (level 4       information and             settlement workers       improved information
they need,” said Premier Campbell. “This             Pacific Leadership Agenda and we want to                                                       ner English language      and 5) ELSA classes;        settlement services         to assist new stu-       and outreach services
demonstrates our continued commit-                                                                                                                  services for adults       another $2 million to       such as health care         dents in schools in      for immigrants facing
ment to work with all levels of govern-              ensure that newcomers who come to our country                                                  (ELSA);                   expand intermediate         access, employment          the Lower Mainland,      multiple barriers.
                                                                                                                                                                              ELSA courses for im-        and recreation ser-         Fraser Valley and
ment to ensure the needs of immigrants
are met.”
                                                     through Canada’s Pacific Gateway can access the                                                                          migrants entering or        vices to help immi-         Greater Victoria; and
                                                                                                                                                                              in the labour market        grants adjust to living
    The funding includes $230 million for            opportunities and support they need                                                                                      outside of the Lower        in British Columbia;
Ontario, in accordance with the Canada-                                                                                                                                       Mainland;
Ontario Immigration Agreement, and
                                                     Premier Campbell.

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Member Achievements
INTERIOR
Agency: Kamloops Immigrant Services (KIS)
                                                                                    NORTH
                                                                                    Agency: Skeena Diversity Society
                                                                                                                                                        VANCOUVER ISLAND
                                                                                                                                                        Agency: Cowichan Intercultural Society (CIS)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               FRASER VALLEY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Agency: Abbotsford Community Services
Kamloops Immigrant Services (kis) has been providing as-                            Program: Tastes of Terrace                                          Project: Inclusive Leadership Facilitator Training: Skills for                         Project: Village of Men Project: A domestic violence
sistance to immigrants, first generation Canadians, and visible                     Skeena Diversity Society organized a “flavoursome” event            living in diverse communities                                                          prevention project for Indo-Canadian men
minorities for over 20 years. In addition, they offer services to                   called Tastes of Terrace as a part of Terrace’s Riverboat Days, a   In August, youth and adults from inter-cultural organizations                          Abbotsford Community Services is piloting an initiative in
other agencies, businesses and the public in an effort to pro-                      community event designed to get people out and about town           and anti-racism committees on Vancouver Island, Powell                                 the Indo-Canadian community reflecting the critical need for
mote understanding and harmony amongst different cultural                           on a tasting tour of local restaurants. The event was a great       River, Abbotsford and Langley participated in five days of                             culturally appropriate and domestic violence prevention
groups in the community. These services include Settlement                          success and offered many a chance to experience new foods           advanced training in Inclusive Leadership organized by                                 messages in English and Punjabi.
Counselling, Employment, English Language Training, Wage                            and culture. From French fondue to East Indian butter chicken       Cowichan Intercultural Society. The goal was to build skills for                           The Village of Men project will:
Subsidy and Diversity Education. Although services are avail-                       and Mexican ceviche, the sold-out event had visitors and resi-      guiding others to connect with differences, communicate with                             n develop English and Punjabi public service advertise-
able primarily in the city of Kamloops, staff may also travel to                    dents alike experiencing something new as they strolled from        compassion and apply anti-discrimination first aid.                                         ments to be broadcast in the Lower Mainland using
other communities such as Merritt, Ashcroft, Lillooet,                              one downtown eatery to another.                                         CIS Safe Harbour Coordinator, Christine Fagan summed                                    partnering television, radio and newspaper outlets
Revelstoke, Clearwater, 100 Mile House and Barriere.                                    Exceeding Skeena Diversity’s best expectations, partici-        up the experience, “The Inclusive Leadership training was fan-                           n create a resource information booklet in English and
    Over the past year kis has been involved in a variety of                        pants had a chance to try Terrace’s rich culture, one bite at a     tastic. I have been teaching esl for sixteen years, yet I learned                           Punjabi for Indo-Canadian at-risk men
multicultural activities. These include Bridging Cultures, a                        time. Individual $5 maps were sold prior to the event, and          so much in one week. The workshop gave me the skills and                                 n pilot a men’s support group for Indo-Canadians who do
friendship program, which pairs community residents with                            allowed map holders to visit the seven participating restau-        confidence I need to facilitate Safe Harbour workshops. We                                  not qualify for currently available programs The
new immigrants and assists them with settling into life in                          rants where each had prepared samples of their cuisine.             were even given time and guidance to create an action plan,                                 participants will be Indo Canadian men who are at-risk or
Canada. kis also organized the Stand Against Racism to mark                             Skeena Diversity is now looking at how to expand the            whatever our passion. Another thing I loved was getting the                                 who have been involved in minor domestic violence inci-
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimina-                         event for the future. The feedback received was very positive       chance to network with a diverse and gifted group of diversity                              dents, but who were not criminally charged or convicted
tion held on March 21 and in July, participated in the Charity                      with both restaurant owners and participants already thinking       educators, youth group coordinators, counsellors and many                                   for these offences
Challenge, an event that gives not for profit organizations the                     about next year’s Taste of Terrace.                                 many more.”                                                                              n develop a facilitator’s manual for instruction of mens’
opportunity to provide the general public with information on                                                                                               For more information about future Inclusive Leadership                                  groups
their services.                                                                                                                                         training contact cis at 250-748-3112.                                                     The PSA’s will appear on Channel M in November and
                                                                                                     The event was                                                                                                                             December and Red FM in January.

                                                                                                     a great success
                                                                                                     and offered many
                                                                                                     a chance to
                                                                                                     experience new
                                                                                                     foods and culture.


Participants practicing an interactive activity focused on exploring, sharing and                                                                                     Left to right Cofacilitators of Advanced Training in Inclusive Leader-
celebrating diversity. (photo: Linda Hill)                                                                                                                               ship Kim Citton, Raj Gill and Linda Hill. (photo: Jenny Ferris)




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LOWER MAINLAND
Agency: S.U.C.C.E.S.S                                              Agency: The Multicultural Family                                                        Agency: Progressive Intercultural              Agency: Richmond Intercultural Advisory Committee
Project: Connecting Employers to Immigrants:                       Centre at REACH Community Health                                                      Community Services Society (PICS)                Project: Bridges to Community
www.5StepSolution.ca                                               Centre                                                                           Project: 10th Anniversary Celebrations                Richmond Intercultural Advisory Committee was formed in
As a result of the Employer Immigrant Success Stories proj-        Project: Cross-Cultural Health Brokers                                          PICS Vancouver celebrated its 10th Anniversary         2001 with a mandate to advise the Council on intercultural
ect, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. has developed the 5-Step Solution. This is a   Program: Supporting Access to Healthcare for                                   this year. Attending the anniversary celebrations       issues of concerns to the citizens. City objectives were to make
simple, clear web portal aimed at helping employers find the       Multicultural Families                                                        were several representatives from the employment         Richmond, ‘The most appealing, livable and well managed
resources they need to prepare for, recruit and integrate                                                                              sector, neighbourhood houses, media and government rep-            community in Canada’. riac took this assignment to heart by
                                                                   The Multicultural Family Centre at REACH Community Health
immigrants into their companies.                                                                                                       resentatives including mla Richard Lee. Lee presented pics         inviting various organizations to give presentations on issues
                                                                   Centre is running a pilot Cross-Cultural Health Broker project.
    The goal is to help employers recognize and reach the great                                                                        Vancouver with an outstanding achievement award for the            that could make the City goals achievable.
                                                                   Trained Cross-Cultural Health Brokers from the Vietnamese,
labour resource that is available but often overlooked. With                                                                           hard work that has been done in the last ten years.                    Initiatives of Change (IofC) came to the table with a new
                                                                   African, Latin American, Afghani and South Asian commu-
some thought and planning, employers can adapt their recruit-                                                                              pics Vancouver received accolades for its continuous           documentary film The Imam & The Pastor, which illustrates the
                                                                   nities will work to build their respective community mem-
ment practices and find the employees they need. Employers                                                                             success in the hard work they have done in the last ten years.     dynamics of building bridges to community. riac, partnering
                                                                   bers’ capacity to access health care. The program focuses on
who visit the 5-Step Solution website will find a collection of                                                                        delivering services and for the personal touch and caring          with IofC, organized a public forum at City Hall in June 2007,
                                                                   families with children aged 0 to 5, as well as on chronic disease
some of the best web resources available to help simplify the                                                                          approach provided by pics staff to each and every client. In ad-   inviting community, religious leaders and the public. The event
                                                                   prevention. The services will include visits to health care
process of hiring immigrants. Other tools available include                                                                            dition, pics Society was recognized for its tireless work in the   was a great success with many asking that the film show be
                                                                   practitioners, participation in health promotion activities and
Employer and Immigrant success story vignettes, access to a                                                                            community and was invited to work on emerging issues and           repeated.
                                                                   accessing information about the health care system, services
monthly e-newsletter on diversity in the workplace and a link      and health conditions.                                              new projects in an effort to make Canada and the Southeast
to resources for immigrant job seekers.                                Brokers will work from the Multicultural Family Centre at       Vancouver neighbourhood in particular a better place to live.
                                                                   REACH Community Health Centre and the Bridge Clinic at
                                                                   Raven Song Community Health Centre, and will respond to
Agency: YMCA Connections                                           community requests of assistance in accessing health services.
Project: Finding Ways to Build Social Cohesion                     In addition, the Brokers will conduct group education sessions
                                                                   as needed, and assist clients to attend existing health services
Many host matching programs face challenges when recruit-
ing hosts, especially those who are Canadian-born, native          and programs.                                                                    PICS Society was
speakers of English. The ymca Connections Program has
developed a creative approach to recruitment with a strategy
                                                                                                                                                    recognized for its
that includes public workshops on Effective Intercultural          Agency: Jewish Family Service Agency (JFSA)                                      tireless work in the
Communication. This strategy is based on the assumption that       Project: Fiscal Fitness for Women
people who are interested in developing their intercultural
skills will also have a strong interest in applying them.
                                                                   Since 2005, jfsa has been running a program called Fiscal Fit-                   community and was
                                                                   ness for Women. This program is open to all women, especially
In addition to being a great volunteer opportunity that            those living on a low income. It is a free program where wom-                    invited to work on
provides dedicated, meaningful support to new immigrants,          en can meet one-on-one with a money coach to deal with their
the hosting experience provides a practicum in intercultural       financial issues, be it budgeting, credit problems or talking to                 emerging issues and
communication                                                      your family about money. The coach provides valuable money
    The workshops have been useful for recruitment and for         management information, advice and referrals to professional                     new projects
relationship building within the larger community. ymca            services all in a completely confidential setting.
Connections is now developing specific programming that                Please call 604.257.5151 to book an appointment with the
combines host matching with training in intercultural com-         money coach or to find out how you can book her to meet
munication.                                                        with your group.




Member Ac hievements
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Federal Initiatives:
Improving Information for Prospective Immigrants

The federal government has undertaken new initiatives that are aimed at providing pro-                                                                The federal government is also providing ad-       The creation of the Going to Canada              the first and most frequent source of
spective immigrants with with information that would assist them during their immigration                                                             ditional funding to top up the existing Foreign    Immigration Portal responds to concerns          information, regardless of the reason for
process and help them succeed with their new life in Canada. On the following pages we                                                                Credential Recognition (FCR) Program. This         raised by stakeholders during consultations      seeking information on Canada.
highlight three of these initiatives.                                                                                                                 program, which falls under Human Resourc-          regarding the lack of specific and relevant      Partnerships are key to the portal’s success.
                                                                                                                                                      es and Social Development, successfully            information available to prospective and new     Accordingly, CIC has encouraged provinces
THE CANADIAN IMMIGRATION INTEGRATION PROJECT (CIIP)                                                                                                   strengthens foreign credentials assessment         immigrants to assist them in integrating into    and territories to develop complementary
What is CIIP                                                                                                                                          and recognition processes in Canada.               Canada’s communities and labour market.          immigration, settlement, employment,
CIIP is designed to help immigrants under the Federal Skilled Worker Program prepare for
                                                                                                                                                      Together, the new Credentials Referral Office      Research conducted abroad revealed               skills and learning information for their
integration to the Canadian labour market while they are still in their country of origin
                                                                                                                                                      and the FCR Program will improve the               that the Internet is the primary source of       respective websites. Both CIC and HRSDC
completing final immigration requirements.
                                                                                                                                                      efficiency of Canada’s labour market.              information for Canada’s international target    will work with non-governmental immigra-
Services Available                                                                                                                                    Specifically, the office will provide new-         audiences. Participants from a range of          tion stakeholders on the portal to ensure that
    n Information on the Canadian labour market occupations and the steps required for
                                                                                                                                                      comers with a clear path on where to find          countries including India, United States,        it continues to be relevant and that it meets
      integration                                                                                                                                     information on how to get their credentials        Japan and Australia noted that the Internet is   the needs of diverse client groups.
    n Advice and guidance to assist in planning successful entry to the Canadian labour
                                                                                                                                                      assessed, while the FCR program will help
      market
    n Practical assistance in identifying and contacting Canadian organizations for further
                                                                                                     FOREIGN CREDENTIALS                              improve foreign credential recognition

      assistance.
                                                                                                     REFERRAL OFFICE (FCRO)                           processes in Canada.
                                                                                                     The FCRO is designed to help internation-
                                                                                                                                                      The creation of the FCRO follows consulta-
Why is CIIP needed?                                                                                  ally trained individuals who plan to work in
                                                                                                                                                      tions with provincial and territorial govern-
Canada’s labour market faces looming labour and skill shortages in virtually every sector. The       Canada get their credentials assessed and
                                                                                                                                                      ments and other key stakeholders, including
challenge for all sectors is to ensure that Canada has an adequate supply of workers who             recognized more quickly. In its first phase,
                                                                                                                                                      regulatory and assessment bodies, post
are equipped with the skills needed for the future. Canada increasingly relies on immigration        the Foreign Credentials Referral Office will
                                                                                                                                                      secondary education institutions and their
to respond to this challenge. However, immigrants often encounter difficulty in getting access       help newcomers access what they need to
                                                                                                                                                      national organizations, employers, sector
to jobs at the appropriate level in their field of expertise. As a result, increased support is      become accredited, both in Canada for those
                                                                                                                                                      councils, immigrant serving organizations
required to assist newcomers in integrating successfully to the Canadian labour market.              newcomers already here, and abroad for
                                                                                                                                                      and newcomers themselves. Credential
How will CIIP work?                                                                                  those waiting for an opportunity to come to
                                                                                                                                                      recognition in Canada is mainly a
In its pilot phase, CIIP is available in China, India and the Philippines. Participation is          our country. The new office will help people
                                                                                                                                                      provincial responsibility. The federal
restricted to:                                                                                       navigate through the complex system of
                                                                                                                                                      government plays a facilitative role, funding
      n Principal applicants and their spouses who have applied for immigration to Canada            foreign credential recognition in Canada.
                                                                                                                                                      assessment projects.
         under the Federal Skilled Worker Program after they have received a CIIP registration       The office’s approach includes:
                                                                                                           n in-person services and a dedicated       For more information on the FCRO check out
         form from Citizenship and Immigration Canada during the final stages of the
                                                                                                              phone service operated by Service       http://www.credentials.gc.ca/
         immigration process.
                                                                                                              Canada at 320 outlets across the
In Canada three AMSSA member agencies will share responsibilities for facilitating the CIIP:
     n SUCCESS is handling referrals from the CIIP China Office and take the lead on the
                                                                                                              country by fall 2007;                   GOING TO CANADA
       reception service.
                                                                                                           n an expanded online service that will     IMMIGRATION PORTAL
                                                                                                              help individuals identify occupations   The provincial and territorial portals will link
     n DIVERSEcity is taking the lead for the India office.
                                                                                                              in Canada for which they may be         to the Government of Canada’s
     n Immigrant Services Society of BC is providing the focal point for the Philippines.
                                                                                                              qualified, provide them with detailed   Going to Canada Immigration Portal
Project Services                                                                                              labour market information and refer     (www.goingtocanada.gc.ca). This portal has
CIIP will help eligible clients prepare for entry to the Canadian labour force in three main ways:            them to the appropriate regulatory      been developed by CIC and Human Resourc-
     n Labour market information sessions provided to groups of approximately 20                              body; and                               es and Social Development Canada (HRSDC)
        participants;                                                                                      n increasing employer awareness of         to offer comprehensive and integrated infor-
     n One-on-one counselling sessions based on an Individual Integration Plan (ITP);                         the processes for, and benefits of,     mation to prospective and new immigrants.
     n Contact with Canadian organizations that may assist in the implementation of the IIP.                  hiring internationally trained and      Its goal is to assist these individuals in
     To find out more about CIIP go to ciip.accc.ca/defaultaspx?DN=598,782,32,Documents                       educated professionals.                 preparing to live, work and study in Canada.                      www.ag.gov.bc.ca/immigration/before/index.htm




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Provincial Initiatives:                                                                                                                  Provincial Initiatives:
Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) Initiative                                                                                          Skills Connect for Immigrants Program
by Vicki Chiu


What is SWIS?                                    groups organized by school dis-           students and families if they are:            What is Skills Connect?                       Eligibility
SWIS stands for Settlement Workers in            tricts, community agencies, social              permanent residents, including          The primary goal of the Skills Connect           Clients may be eligible for the Skills
Schools. The swis initiative is a part-          services, health authorities, etc.;             refugees or protected persons, who      for Immigrants Program is to see new          Connect for Immigrants Program if they:
nership of the BC Ministry of Attorney           assisting students or their families            have been in Canada for more than       immigrants secure jobs that fully utilise          became a permanent resident of
General, Ministry of Education and               to access relevant services through             one year, or                            their skills, knowledge and experience.            Canada within the last five years;
School Districts in the Lower Mainland,          appointment-making, form filling,               naturalized Canadian citizens, or       The program will respond to current and            have a minimum of three years of
Abbotsford and Greater Victoria. Using           arranging for interpreters/                     refugee claimants, or                   long-term skill shortages by assessing             pre-arrival work experience in a
funding from Citizenship and Immigra-            translators to accompany clients                in Canada on Temporary Work             and bridging skilled immigrants into the           profession , trade or high-skill oc-
tion Canada, the initiative provides a           when needed;                                    Permits or Study Visas but are not      workplace in areas that complement                 cupation; and
school-based outreach program that               organizing workshops on                         fee-payers to the School District.      BC’s growing economy.                              have an intermediate to advanced
helps immigrant and refugee students             settlement related issues                     Fee-paying international students              The Skills Connect for Immigrants             level of English language profi-
and their families. swis workers are             (e.g. cultural profiles, schools          are not eligible for these services.          Program will:                                      ciency.
placed in secondary and elementary               culture, Canadian culture,                                                                    assess the skills, qualifications and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   AMSSA wishes to
                                                                                                                                                                                          Skills Connect will provide clients
schools to provide orientation informa-          citizens’ responsibilities etc.);         Which School Districts are                          experiences of recent immigrants                                                    sincerely thank the
                                                                                                                                                                                       with services and supports in one or
tion and support to newly arrived fami-          facilitating culturally sensitive         involved in SWIS?                                   to BC                                   more of the following components,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   following sponsors
                                                 communication between school
lies and connect them to services and
                                                 staff and the students and their
                                                                                           swis services will be launched in the               enhance skills, qualifications and      depending on individual needs:                   of our 30th
resources in the school and community.                                                                                                         experiences to meet BC labour
                                                 families over non-educational
                                                                                           following ten school districts in the Fall                                                       Career Assessment and Planning          Anniversary Gala
The primary objectives are to:                                                             of 2007                                             market standards                              Services
      help immigrant and refugee                 issues;                                   34 Abbotsford                                       offer workplace practice opportu-            Pre-employment Skill Enhance-
      children adjust to school culture          providing cultural interpretation         37 Delta                                            nities, such as mentorship, to help
                                                                                           39 Vancouver                                                                                      ment Services
      and focus on learning while                for all parties, school staff and                                                             secure and sustain employment
                                                                                           36 Surrey                                                                                        Workplace Orientation and Prac-
      providing their parents and                immigrant parents and children            38 Richmond                                         career assessment and planning;
                                                                                           40 New Westminster                                                                                tice Services
      caregivers with an understanding           (e.g. educating teachers on the                                                               and
                                                 behaviours, beliefs and culture of        41 Burnaby                                                                                      Skills Connect is funded by the BC
      of Canadian culture and the school                                                   44 North Vancouver                                  provide skill and other enhance-
      system; and                                the children and parents, and             61 Central Victoria                                 ments, including workplace              Ministry of Economic Development’s
                                                 educating parents on the BC               93 Conseil scolaire francophone                                                             International Qualifications Program,
      increase their involvement in the                                                                                                        language upgrading
      school and the community.                  education system, the schools’            It is estimated that approximately 100                                                      with financial contributions from the
                                                                                                                                             Many BC immigrants arrive with            federal government.
                                                 culture and policies); and                settlement workers will be situated in
                                                                                                                                         skills in occupations where there are
What does a SWIS worker do?                      developing networks and partner-          schools within these ten districts when
                                                                                                                                         shortages but face challenges entering
                                                                                                                                                                                           For more information on Skills
A swis worker assists refugee and                ships with community agencies             the program is fully operational.                                                           Connect visit http://142.36.102.61/Pro-
                                                                                                                                         the job market, language barriers, diffi-     gramsAndServices/IQU/SkillsConnect/
immigrant students in the k-12 system            and government programs.
                                                                                                                                         culty getting their credentials recognized
and their families in their adjustment to                                                                                                and lack of employment networks.
                                                                                                                                                                                       default.htm                                  Also thanks to our
a new culture by:                           Who is SWIS for?                                                                                 Skills Connect currently focuses on                                                   many donors for their
     reaching out to new arrivals,          The priority client groups for the                                                           connecting immigrants with employ-                                                         donations of door
     including visiting some ‘hard to       program are students and families, in
     reach’ families;                       both elementary and secondary schools,
                                                                                                                                         ers in the construction, transportation,                                                    prizes and silent
                                                                                                                                         energy and tourism and hospitality
     providing information and orienta-     who are permanent residents, including                                                       sectors. Plans are underway to expand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      auction items.
     tion about Canadian culture and        refugees or protected persons, and who                                                       the program to include the health care
     service systems;                       are within their first year of settlement in                                                 sector beginning in summer 2007.
     referring students or their families   Canada.
     to appropriate school/community            Subject to the availability of
     programs, workshops or support         resources, services may be provided to


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Mutual Support Groups


F
              or many immigrants to
              Canada, the process of        Posted: September 25 – 2007             D. Toronto, Ontario                                     Posted: July 22 – 2007                  G. G.
              integration is not quite as   I thought that Canada would have been a good place to migrate to. I left excellent
              smooth as they were led       jobs back in Guyana and now I am here with a M.Sc. in Agriculture and employers                 I am a young 29 year old university graduate from India …I came to Canada in
              to believe before coming      treat me less than a high school kid. Everyone is saying that we immigrants need                2003 and quickly found out that my degree was useless. The universities I
here. This is especially true when they     Canadian experience. How are we going to get Canadian experience if no one                      contacted said that I would basically have to repeat my degree in Canada and I
are not able to find meaningful work        wants to hire us?                                                                               would get no credit for my existing one. …
in their area of expertise. This sense of
                                                                                                                                            Word of advice to people out there: please for your own sake, for your family’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       I feel sorry
frustration has led to the emergence of     Posted: September 1 – 2007                A. F. Cebu, Philippines
mutual support organizations, including     My husband and I have been seriously considering moving to Canada since early
                                                                                                                                            sake, do not make the mistakes that I have. Canada has nothing to offer
                                                                                                                                            immigrants, except lies, bankruptcy and racism.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       for visible
web portals. Two of these portals are       this year. … Reading all the angst in this forum, I have come up with this very
www.canadaimmigrants.com and www.           distressing conclusion: Indeed, Canada is not for professionals wanting to work                 Thank you to the makers of such a website. I wish I had known about it four or five        minorities
                                                                                                                                            years ago.
notcanada.com.                              as professionals in their respective fields. What Canada needs are labourers and
                                            wage-earners who are willing to take on the jobs that Canadians do not want,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       born
    Canadaimmigrants.com is an online
magazine which serves as a platform         like taking care of their old folks for example!                                                Posted: July 3 – 2007                      A. M. Belle River, Canada                       in Canada.
to dialogue on current immigration          Thank you for this forum. We might reconsider our options.                                      I came to Canada seven years ago and the employment situation has been one
and employment issues in Canada. The                                                                                                        big joke since then. The moment I go into an employment agency and they see                They’re being
                                                                                                                                            my dark skin they are thinking of a factory job to assign me. The people who have
contributors include both immigrants
sharing their experiences and prospec-
                                            Posted: August 20 – 2007                A. H.                                                   cushy jobs have the attitude that you should be honoured to work in a factory or           fed the lie
                                            I am a resident of Canada since 2005. I was only able to get a telemarketing job                drive a taxi, that’s a small price to pay for living in Canada. Hah! I ‘m from the
tive immigrants expressing their views      where I sell advertising space over the phone. I am unhappily employed for the                  U.S. and my work future will be over there from now on. …                                  that because
and concerns.                               last two years.
    NotCanada.com is run by a team          I have an MBA from California State University and I have many years of
                                                                                                                                            We have to embarrass Canada into doing the right thing and ending                          Canada is
                                                                                                                                            discrimination in the work place. I feel sorry for visible minorities born in Canada.
of former Canadian citizens who have
now permanently left Canada, and are
                                            experience as an Executive with Coca-Cola International. I have tried to get an
                                            entry level sales position in my field for the last two years. I have applied to more
                                                                                                                                            They’re being fed the lie that because Canada is multicultural, that it is racially        multicultural,
                                                                                                                                            tolerant. We know that is bull. Canada will tolerate you driving taxis or doing
helping potential immigrants and work-      than 300 positions advertised in Workopolis and other job search sites.                         menial labour. That’s about it. Multiculturalism doesn’t equal racial harmony.             that it is
ing abroad. Its overall goals are to help   Unfortunately I did not receive any response for an interview.
potential immigrants to Canada make a       My wife works as a cook to help me with the bills. My daughter is happy in                      Posted: July 01 – 2007
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       racially
complete and accurate informed deci-        Toronto. We did not face any prejudice. We have many Canadian friends as well
sion about whether or not to immigrate      Turkish friends … Last week a rich friend of mine moved to Canada as an
                                                                                                                                            What most Canadians simply cannot understand is that the Canadian government               tolerant.
                                                                                                                                            invites thousands of highly skilled immigrants to Canada under the false
here. The site includes posts, articles,    immigrant. He bought his house in Oakville yesterday. He brought a few million                  assumption that we and our skills will be used. We did not come to Canada fleeing
reports and video clips of immigrant        dollars from Turkey. I don’t think he will have any problem. If you are rich, you               from war, disease, hunger or political instability. We, professional immigrants, were
stories.                                    may enjoy Canada. …                                                                             told by the Canadian government that we would be able to get professional jobs in
    Here are a few examples of some of      If my skills and experience in my field were not needed in Canada I wish I knew                 this country. We were deceived, lied and fooled in a very bad way. Canadians have
the recent discussions that have been       that before I came here.                                                                        all the right to chose the immigrants they want and they have all the right to
taking place on these sites. Some of the    Good luck to other immigrants.                                                                  protect their country from foreigners, but they do not have the right to lie to
posts have been edited for brevity.                                                                                                         people? In other words, if Canada needs factory workers and cleaning staff they
                                                                                                                                            should say so SINCE THE VERY BEGINING. They should HONESTLY say that there
                                            Posted: August 14 – 2007              N. Ukraine                                                are no professional jobs for new immigrants, no matter how well qualified. …
                                            I have spent three years in Canada, now I am back in Ukraine, having a good job
                                                                                                                                            Canada is a great country, but only for Canadians and immigrants willing to work in
                                            and salary which is higher than my Canadian wages. To be honest, I do not know
                                                                                                                                            menial jobs for minimum wage for the rest of their lives, not a good country for
                                            whether I want to return, because I am very happy here. A couple of days ago I
                                                                                                                                            SERIOUS people looking for SERIOUS opportunities. WHAT A WASTE OF POTENTIAL!
                                            met a new employee in our company, who is....a Canadian citizen!!!!!




20     AMSSA – Cultures West                                                                                  Vol 25, No. 2: Fall 2007   Vol 25, No. 2: Fall 2007                                                                   AMSSA – Cultures West   21
Partnering for Success:                                                                                                                  BC Internationally Trained
The Story of the Association of International Medical Doctors of BC
by Patrick Coady
                                                                                                                                         Professionals Network (BCITP Net)

M                                                                                                                                        T
                       any internationally   government allocated $75 million for the                                                                   he BC Internation-         find it easier to talk with recognized          employment assistance, skills and pre-
                       trained profession-   provinces to license more imgs.                                                                            ally Trained Profession-   associations rather than with a large           employment training, English language
                       als (itps) believe         aimdbc continued to focus on                                                                          als Network (BCITP         number of unassociated individuals.             instruction, and settlement and integra-
                       Canada can do         providing solutions and ensuring that                                                                      Net) is a partnership of   By helping to organize internation-             tion in the Greater Vancouver area.
                       a better job of       people understood their message which                                                                      internationally trained    ally trained professionals, BCITP Net               MOSAIC – One of Vancouver’s
integrating immigrant labour. Some           is that: “Internationally trained medi-                                                     professionals from around the province    also hopes to help bring their opinions,        largest agencies, MOSAIC offers a wide
have tried to change things by confront-     cal doctors are ready willing and able to                                                   working cooperatively to improve access   experience and ideas to the attention           variety of programs for employment,
ing stakeholders and going to battle.        assist BC with its current medical doctor                                                   to meaningful employment for all immi-    of policy-makers.                               family support and counselling, bi-
This has generally resulted in very little   shortage.” The next big break came when                                                     grant professionals in BC. The purpose        BCITP is assisted by three major,           lingual counselling and legal advocacy.
progress and recently internationally        mla’s Lorne Mayencourt and Harry Bloy                                                       is to help build associations and         non-profit, immigrant-serving organiza-             DIVERSEcity – The largest agency
trained medical doctors decided to take      became key allies and champions of the                                                      networks among internationally trained    tions all of whom are amssa members.            in the South Fraser region, DIVERSEcity
a different approach and the results have    cause and were instrumental in getting                                                      professionals. It hopes to encourage      These organizations are:                        provides settlement and integration ser-
been quite extraordinary.                    various provincial government stake-        Dr. Alfredo Tura                                constructive dialogue between immi-           Immigrant Services Society of BC            vices, English language training, employ-
     The Association of International        holders to the table.                                                                       grant professionals, regulatory bodies,   (iss) — One of the largest multicultural,       ment assistance, clinical counselling,
Medical Doctors of BC (aimdbc) formed             In the fall of 2005 aimdbc had its     more to be done? Absolutely. Can we do          industry and government.                  immigrant-serving agencies in western           interpretation and translation services.
in 2003 with the objective of increasing     first audience with deputy minister of      things better? You bet...but the progress           Government and regulatory groups      Canada, it provides many services for           Visit http://bcitp.net/ for more information.
access to licensure for all international    health and then they were invited to be     that has been made in the past few years
medical graduates (imgs) in British          full members of the newly formed ‘IMG       shows what a long way the doctors have


                                                                                                                                                                                   Multifaith Calendar 2008
Columbia. They wanted to partner with        Integration Taskforce.’ This monthly        come. I think that Dr. Alfredo Tura, now
stakeholders but found that the heroic       roundtable of key healthcare stakehold-     past president of aimdbc, put it best
actions of previous imgs who had used        ers continues to allow imgs to be part-     when he said “You cannot stay true to
the Human Rights court and hunger            ners in moving forward on all img issues    what you want if you are spending all                                                     Since 1977 AMSSA has actively worked to create a just and equitable society for
strikes to force change had adversely        within the province. Soon after these
                                                                                                                                                                                   all Canadians. For over a decade the Multifaith Calendar has played an integral
                                                                                         your time pushing against what you                                                                         role in AMSSA’s educational efforts. It offers insight into 14 major
affected the interest of healthcare stake-   meetings started the provincial govern-     don’t want. Our goal was to stay focused                                                                    faiths by providing a complete source of accurate dates, times, and
holders to cooperate any further.            ment announced they were increasing         on solutions, build constructive relation-                                                                 descriptions for over 140 cultural and religious occasions.
     Undeterred, aimdbc focused on           the number of img post-graduate             ships and stay positive. The results speak                                                                The easy to follow layout of the Multifaith
educating the public about the “img          residency training positions from six to    for themselves...”                                                                                        Calendar is designed for use as a quick
solution” and worked with sister             18...affectively tripling the number of         For more information please visit                                                                    reference. Get in the habit of check-
organizations in other provinces to get      imgs who can be licensed doctors within     http://aimd.bcitp.net/index.cfm.                                                                        ing these important references prior to
the federal government to free up more       the province.                                                                                                                                      scheduling meetings or contacting clients. They
money for the provinces earmarked                 Since that time aimd bc has partici-                                                                                                         are designed to help you stay informed of any special days your staff,
                                                                                         Patrick Coady is the co-coordinator of the
                                                                                                                                                                                               clients or friends might be celebrating. Printed in full colour on recycled
specifically for img integration. They       pated in the documentary Health Care        BC Internationally Trained Professionals                                                             paper and measuring 13 by 10 inches, our wall calendar adds beauty
became trained on media relations,           9-11 – the Plight of Immigrant Doctors      Network (BCITP Net) and the Immigrant                                                                and interest to any office.
negotiations and advocacy work and           that aired on Global TV and have met        Talent Integration Project.
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began to slowly repair important             with the Minister of Health, the                                                                                                               1-9 calendars: $15.95 each | 10-24 calendars: $14.95 each
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minister and even managed an audience        with the Minister for late November                                                                                                       AMSSA
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22     AMSSA – Cultures West                                                                                  Vol 25, No. 2: Fall 2007   Vol 25, No. 2: Fall 2007                                                                                 AMSSA – Cultures West      23
It’s Not about the Money:                                                                                                                  2007 Immigrant Settlement Conference:
Stories from Front Line Settlement Workers                                                                                                 Redefining Immigrant Settlement in BC

C                                                                                                                                          O
               entral Vancouver Island         admired and learned so much from their       award announcements, read about their                            ur rapidly changing         Net and the Settlement and Multicultur-         training, professional development,
               Multicultural Society           perseverance, hard work and deter-           outstanding academic achievements                                environment is present-     alism Division, Government of BC. The           information sharing and planning
               (cvims) in Nanaimo              mination in re-establish themselves in       and have seen them being recognized in                           ing new challenges and      conference gave participants a chance to        opportunities. Networking and team-
               provides elsa English           Canada. Over the years, I have witnessed     many professional fields.                                        opportunities for the       learn, reflect and discuss the impact of        building opportunities were also
               classes, Employment and         numerous immigrants’ success, achieve-            The settlement services work could                          immigrant settlement        our changing environment on policies,           available as part of the conference
Settlement services to new immigrants          ments and valuable contributions to          be overwhelming. Sometimes it can give         sector in British Columbia. A number of       client characteristics, program design          program. The 2007 conference was the
from around the globe. Immigrants              Canada that made me feel                                  me a headache as I often          environmental factors are expected to         and service delivery.                           first major one of its kind in BC since
come with good skills and talents to           proud.                                                    find myself mentally solving      impact and influence the sector in com-           Approximately 300 front-line, admin-        2000. It was, therefore, a wonderful
contribute to Canada. But nothing                  In Nanaimo, a variety of                              problems even when I am           ing years. These include changing global      istrative and managerial staff who deliv-       opportunity to meet or reconnect with
comes easy when one starts a new life          successful businesses are                                 not physically at work! But I     migration patterns, improvements in           er services under the BC Settlement and         colleagues from across the province,
over in a new country. As an immigrant         operated by immigrants;                                   love my job because it is very    the BC economy, new research, tools,          Adaptation Program (bcsap) attended             learn from one another, plan and get
settlement coordinator for more than 20        some of them are fairly new                               fulfilling especially when I      resources and program models and the          the conference. Other participants were         re-energized.
years with cvims, I feel very fortunate to     in Canada. Immigrants work                                see my current and previous       availability of new funding.                  external representatives whose work                 To read conference proceedings
be able to work in the field helping im-       in many professions and many sectors         clients doing well and enjoying their new          The 2007 Immigrant Settlement             intersects with the settlement sector.          including plenary sessions and work-
migrants adapt to the new country and          of the work force. I have noticed the        life in Canada.                                Conference, Redefining Immigrant Set-             Participants were all able to benefit       shops, visit the conference website at
to overcome the many barriers. I have          names of many younger immigrants on               Cecilia Chong                             tlement in BC, took place in May 2007. It     from conference workshops and panel             https://www.venuewest.com/2007/isc/
                                                                                                                                           was a joint effort between amssa, elsa        discussions which included a mix of




I
        have been with the Immigrant           from employers, service providers and        want their issues to be known by other                              Conceptual Framework for the 2007 Immigrant Settlement Conference
        and Multicultural Services Soci-       international workers. I have travelled      community members. We serve people
        ety (imss) for more than 25 years,     to some neighbouring communities to          from all over the world, and I am fluent                                                                Environmental Scan
        working first as a volunteer, then     provide information sessions and create      only in English and Punjabi, but to my
        as a coordinator for women’s           networks between clients and service         amusement, I serve clients from every
                                                                                                                                                                      Changing         Changes            New             New Tools,          New
and seniors’ projects. Today I work as         providers. However, due to limited funds,    ethnic background, culture, language
                                                                                                                                                                       Global          in the BC        Research          Resources          Funding
a Settlement Counsellor, and although          I am unable to travel to them all and it     and religion. At the end of the day, I leave
                                                                                                                                                                      Migration        Economy                           and Program
based in Prince George, I am the only          really frustrates me when I am unable        with a smile on my face because I have
                                                                                                                                                                      Patterns                                             Models
settlement counsellor worker in the            to help those immigrants and refugees        created a long term relationship with a
whole north!                                   whose rights are being violated.             different part of the world, and helped
    There is no immigration consultant             My clients truly inspire me. There are   someone on the road to becoming a
                                                                                                                                                                                   Redefining Immigrant Settlement in BC:
in the north, so I am the only resource        limited services available to the immi-      proud Canadian in this beautiful country
                                                                                                                                                                             How does our changing environment impact the following... ?
for neighbouring communities and I             grant community here so once a client        of ours. I have never forgotten how I felt
assist them with                                                    walks through our       when I first moved to Canada and I go
sponsorship, work                                                   door they develop       through the same excitement with every
visas, extension                                                    a kind of family        client. I share their dreams, their aspira-
of status, student                                                  relationship with       tions, give them hope, empower them to                               Policies          Client Characteristics             Program Design          Service Delivery
visas etc. Due to                                                   us. Even long after     survive the first few days and so on. For
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Intended Outcomes
changing immigra-                                                   they stop using our     me this is not a job; this is part of who I
tion and labour                                                     services, they stay     am. I get so energized by my clients.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Promising
market trends                                                       in touch with us,       I thoroughly enjoy my job and even get                                                                     Settlement        Collaboration      Areas for
                                                                                                                                                                  Client groups    practices and
                                                                                                                                                                                                      practitioners         occurs            future
most employers,                                                     coming back to          paid for something I love doing.                                        and their        innovative
                                                                                                                                                                                                       obtain new          outside of     research are
service providers and employment               share stories and family accomplish-             Sharon Pannu                                                        needs are          service
                                                                                                                                                                                                        tools and         the agency        identified
                                                                                                                                                                  better defined    approaches
counsellors are unaware of the process         ments. Clients like to share everything                                                                                                                  resources         and sector
                                                                                                                                                                                    are shared
to hire a foreigner. I receive ongoing calls   with me, because most of them don’t

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Kudos                                                                                                                                      Post Script
Congratulations to Baljit Sethi, Ex-
ecutive Director of the Immigrant and
                                                known for organizing and participating
                                                in events that address cross-cultural                                                      Metropolis British Columbia – New Kid on the Block, or Old Neighbour?
Multicultural Services Society, (imss)          understanding, diversity, racism, family                                                   by Vicky Baker
who has been awarded this year’s Prince         violence, seniors’ issues and employabil-                                                  Post Script is a Cultures West tradition. Each edition gives readers a chance to revisit the issues we covered in our previous
George Citizen of the Year!                     ity and educational skills. She also serves                                                edition. In our last regular edition (Fall 2006) we published highlights from the 2006 Metropolis Conference held in BC.
    Baljit was recognized for improving         as an interpreter and translator and has                                                   In this Post Script you will read about all the changes taking place at Metropolis British Columbia




                                                                                                                                           W
the quality of life for the Prince George       developed programs for new immigrants
community, particularly by providing            to help them understand Canada’s laws                                                                               ell, a bit of both
extraordinary care and help to immi-            and court procedures.                         Advancement of Women.                                                 actually. Although
grants and refugees. She has also made              Baljit is also considered an ambas-           Baljit Sethi’s dedication to better-                              the name is new,
a great contribution toward eliminat-           sador and “voice from the north” in the       ing the community was recognized in                                   you may be famil-
ing violence against women, advancing           province. She has mentored volunteers         1997 when she received the Outstand-                                  iar with the work
women’s equality and assisting senior           and lent her support to many fledgling        ing Community Service Award for the          we do. Metropolis BC is a University
citizens.                                       organizations in communities across the       City of Prince George, and in 1992 when      network of researchers working on areas
    A Prince George resident for over           region and has devoted her time to a va-      she was awarded the Commemorative            of immigration, settlement, and ethnic
thirty years, Baljit is an active volunteer     riety of committees and boards includ-        Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the       diversity. The network links researchers
in addition to her work as the Execu-           ing the Provincial Advisory Committee         Confederation of Canada in recognition       with frontline workers and policymak-               Citizenship and Social, Cultural           In order to develop a stronger and
tive Director of the imss where she has         on Working and Living in BC, the              of significant contributions to Canada,      ers to achieve research outcomes that               and Civic Integration                  more formal relationship with the
been employed since 1976. A talented            Visible Minority Labour Board, and            her community and fellow Canadians.          are rigorous, evidence-based and useful             Economic and Labour Market             immigrant services sector, mbc has
artist and workshop presenter, she is           Canada Research Institute for the                 Congratulations Baljit!                  to policymakers and practioners. If that            Integration                            created a charter which serves as a
                                                                                                                                           sounds familiar, it’s because after a suc-          Housing and Neighbourhoods             framework for academics who conduct
                                                                                                                                           cessful proposal for the renewal of funds,          Justice, Policing and Security         research with community organizations.


                                                                                              Welcome
                                                                                                                                           riim (Research on Immigration and                   Settlement, Integration, and           This charter ensures that community
                                                                                                                                           Integration in the Metropolis) is now               Welcoming Communities                  organizations are consulted and par-
                                                                                                                                           Metropolis British Columbia – Centre of           The first four domains exist at other    ticipate in every aspect of the research,


                                                                                              New Members                                  Excellence for Research on Immigration
                                                                                                                                           and Diversity (mbc, for short).
                                                                                                                                               The new name reflects a wider scope
                                                                                                                                                                                         Metropolis Centres across Canada while
                                                                                                                                                                                         the last is unique to mbc. Under this
                                                                                                                                                                                         new structure mbc will not only fund
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      from planning through to knowledge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      transfer. It also empowers ngos to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      participate more fully in the process.
                                                                                              Please join amssa in saying a hearty         to include the entire province of British     research projects, but also projects that        The strength of Metropolis
  1. How many new immigrants arrived in Canada in 2006? b. 251,511                                                                                                                                                                    British Columbia lies in the willingness
                                                                                              welcome its newest member agencies:          Columbia, plus the support of Multi-          allow for dissemination. This helps to
  2 Which province had the largest share of Canada’s business class immigrants in                  Victoria Immigrant & Refugee            culturalism and Immigration Branch,           get research findings into the hands of      of stakeholders — ngos, governments
  2006? c. British Columbia
                                                                                                   Centre Society                          Ministry of Attorney General, which now       practitioners and policy-makers which is     and academia — to cooperate. From
  3 BC Welcomed 42,000 new immigrants in 2006. These new arrivals came from how                    Skeena Diversity Society – Terrace      provides a quarter of mbc’s funding.          an important innovation in making the        participation in the Research Retreat
  many countries or regions? c. 180
                                                                                                   Centre d’integration pour                   Other changes include restructuring       Centre more effective.                       and other events to collaboration on
  4 Which are the top three source countries for the Live-in-Caregiver Program?                    immigrants Africains (ciia)/            the research domains and broadening               We are also broadening research          projects, we include these stakeholders
  d. Philippines, India, Slovak Republic
                                                                                                   Centre of Integration for African       the types of projects that it funds to in-    opportunities for graduate students and      in directing, conducting and disseminat-
  5 Which are the top three source countries for                                                                                                                                                                                      ing research and its findings.
                                                                                                   Immigrants (ciia) – Vancouver           clude both communication and research         postdoctoral fellows through an intern-
  Refugees to BC? a. Thailand, Afghanistan, Iran
                                                                                              We are happy to have them join our           projects (see http://mbc.metropolis.          ship program. mbc collaborates with
  6 What percentage of immigrants to in BC in 2006 arrived with official language skills?                                                                                                                                             Vicky Baker is an Administrator with
                                                                                                                                           net/research/). We also provide more          mitacs (and the Accelerate BC pro-
  b. 64%                                                                                      family and look forward to working
                                                                                                                                           opportunities for graduate students           gram) to provide placements for up to        Metropolis British Columbia.
  7 In 2006, which of the following is not one of the top five intended occupations of        with them.
                                                                                                                                           including internships co-funded with          four interns a year with relevant organi-    The co-directors are Dan Hiebert (UBC) and
  principal applicants in the Skilled Worker Class? d. Civil engineers
                                                                                                                                           mitacs (Mathematics of Information            zations. This will not only increase the     Krishna Pendakur (SFU).
  8 In order of number, rank the following, immigrants to BC by World Source Region.
  1 Asia, Australia and Pacific 70%                                                                                                        Technology and Complex systems), and          research capacity of partner organiza-
  2 Europe, except the UK 7%                                                                                                               allow ngos to have a stronger voice in        tions, but also give the interns valuable
  3 Africa, Middle East 9%                                                                                                                 the working of the centre, including the      ‘on-the-ground’ experience. For more
  4 United States 5%                                                                                                                       adjudication of research proposals.           information on the mitacs program, see
  5 United Kingdom 4%
                                                                                                                                               The research domains, or themes,          http://mbc.metropolis.net/research/
  6 Latin America, Greenland 3%
                                                                                                                                           have changed. The new domains are:            proposals/mitacs.html.

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   Member Organizations
AMSSA




    NORTH                                                                    LOWER MAINLAND
    Immigrant & Multicultural Services Society (IMSS)                        411 Seniors Centre Society
    Multicultural Heritage Society (MHS) – Prince George                     Association of Neighbourhood Houses of Greater Vancouver (ANH)
    Skeena Diversity Society                                                 Burnaby Family Life Institute
    Terrace & District Multicultural Association (TDMA)                      Burnaby Multicultural Society (BMS)
                                                                             Centre d’integration pour immigrants Africains (CIIA)/Centre of
    VANCOUVER ISLAND                                                                    Integration for African Immigrants (CIAI)
    Campbell River & Area Multicultural & Immigrant Services                 Chimo Crisis Services – Richmond
               Association (CRMISA)                                          Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH)
    Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society (CVIMS)                   Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS)
    Comox Valley Family Services Association (CVFSA)                         Family Education and Support Centre
    Cowichan Intercultural Society (CIS)                                     Family Services of Greater Vancouver (FSGV)
    Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA)                     Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISS)
    Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre Society                              Inland Refugee Society of BC (IRS)
                                                                             Jewish Family Service Agency (JFSA)
    FRASER VALLEY                                                            Kiwassa Neighbourhood Services Association
    Abbotsford Community Services (ACS)                                      Little Mountain Neighbourhood House Society (LMNHS)
    Chilliwack Community Services                                            MOSAIC
    DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society (DCRS)                           Multicultural Family Centre
    Langley Community Services Society                                       Multicultural Helping House Society (MHHS)
    Mission Community Services Society (MCSS)                                Multifaith Action Society (MAS)
                                                                             North Shore Multicultural Society (NSMS)
    INTERIOR                                                                 OPTIONS: Services to Communities Society – Surrey
    Community Connections Society of Southeast BC                            Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS)
    Kamloops Cariboo Regional Immigrant Society (KIS)                        Progressive Inter-Cultural Community Services Society (PICS)
    Kamloops Multicultural Society                                           Richmond Intercultural Advisory Committee
    Kelowna Community Resources Society                                      Richmond Multicultural Concerns Society (RMCS)
    Nelson Community Services Centre                                         South Vancouver Neighbourhood House (ANH)
    South Okanagan Immigrant Services                                        Settlement Orientation Services (S0S)
    Vernon & District Immigrant Services Society (VDISS)                     SUCCESS (United Chinese Community Enrichment Services)
                                                                             Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services
    PROVINCIAL                                                                          (VLMMFSS)
    Association of BC TEAL (Teachers of English as an Additional Language)   Vancouver Cross-Cultural Seniors Network Society
    BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils                             Vancouver Multicultural Society (VMS)
    BC Human Rights Coalition (BCHRC)                                        Volunteer Vancouver
    BC Teachers Federation – Social Justice Program (BCTF - SJP)             West Coast Child Care Resource Centre
    Canadian Cancer Society – BC & Yukon Division                            West Coast Domestic Workers’ Association (WCDWA)
    Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) – Pacific Region                          Westcoast Family Resources
    Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – BC Division                  West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund
    Canadian Red Cross                                                       Women Against Violence Against Women/Rape Crisis Centre
    ELSA Net
    Institute for Media, Policy & Civil Society (IMPACS)
    Legal Services Society of BC (LSS)
    Scouts Canada - Provincial
    Social Planning & Research Council of BC (SPARC)
    YMCA - Connections
    YWCA Vancouver International

				
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