Weekly Updates Mar 6 – Mar 12, 2017

This week the UNHCR released a report on based on research undertaken in 44 countries on four continents. It shows that for many refugees a connected device is a lifeline and a critical tool for self-empowerment. In addition the Federation of Canadian Municipalities has produced a Welcoming Communities toolkit on how municipal governments can create
By Chris Stephenson | March 20, 2017 | What's New

Weekly Updates Feb 21 – Mar 5, 2017

This week the Refugee Readiness Hub would like to highlight the success story of how Syrian women found confidence and community in Canada through catering events. Additional news includes 82 per cent of B.C. minorities have experienced discrimination or racism, graphic novel puts spotlight on violence against immigrant women, refugee welcome centre closes doors, B.C.
By Chris Stephenson | March 9, 2017 | What's New

Weekly Updates Feb 20 – Feb 26, 2017

As tax season is upon us, the Refugee Readiness Hub would like share tax returns for newcomers – a fact sheet from the Canadian Revenue Agency also available in French and Arabic. Additional resources include getting ready for my refugee hearing– a preparation guide and hearing room tour and a research slam – a short-term
By Chris Stephenson | March 7, 2017 | What's New

Weekly Updates Feb 13 – Feb 19, 2017

A number of university events are taking place this spring in BC including the Middle East and the Refugee Crisis: An Evening with Robert Fisk at Simon Fraser University March 7. Robert Fisk, an award winning Middle East correspondent for The Independent, will provide an on-the-ground perspective of events in the Middle East and the
By Chris Stephenson | February 28, 2017 | What's New

Weekly Updates Feb 6 – Feb 12, 2017

This week the Refugee Readiness Hub highlights BC Refugees JobConnect –  an online tool designed to support connection between job-ready refugees and employers. This Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) project collects information on the skills, education and work experience of BC’s recently arrived refugees to create occupational profiles or online resumes. These profiles are
By Chris Stephenson | February 28, 2017 | What's New

Weekly Updates Jan 30 – Feb 5, 2017

This week in the Refugee Readiness Hub, ISSofBC has released statistics on the resettlement of Government Assisted Refugees in Metro Vancouver in 2016. In addition, the UNHCR has produced a fact sheet on refugee resettlement worldwide and focuses on the United States. The housing resource section of the hub has also been updated with a
By Chris Stephenson | February 9, 2017 | What's New

Weekly Updates Jan 23 – Jan 29, 2017

A number of reports and publications were recently added to the Refugee Readiness Hub including a UNHCR report on the culture, context and mental health of Somali refugees, housing and settlement initiatives targeted at Manitoba’s incoming Syrian refugees,and a Syrian resettlement report from the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights. In addition AMSSA has released
By Chris Stephenson | February 2, 2017 | What's New

Weekly Updates Jan 16 – Jan 22, 2017

This week in the Refugee Readiness Hub has added the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Toolkit. This practical web-based resource provides information about private refugee sponsorship to groups across Canada prepared by the Canadian Council for Refugees. Join a virtual meeting on how to use this resource on February 7. To respond effectively to the mental
By Chris Stephenson | February 2, 2017 | What's New

Weekly Updates Jan 9 – Jan 15, 2017

This week the Refugee Readiness Hub has added information from an Immigrant Employment Council of BC PowerPoint presentation on connecting refugees to employment. Interested candidates or employers can register for BC Refugees JobConnect here. IEC-BC has also released Onboarding Refugees, a toolkit to assist employers in BC to more effectively recruit, hire, onboard and retain a
By Chris Stephenson | January 24, 2017 | What's New

Weekly Updates Jan 2 – Jan 8, 2017

The Refugee Readiness Hub has added a new resource to assist in the application process of income assistance. The resource is available in both English and Arabic. In addition, this week in the news and success stories B.C. volunteer connects Syrian women refugees through love of homeland’s cuisine, refugees and their sponsors celebrate a year
By Chris Stephenson | January 13, 2017 | What's New

Weekly Updates Dec 26, 2016 – Jan 1, 2017

In the news this week Syrian refugees face challenges accessing childcare in Kamloops, refugee families in B.C. get help to navigate the Canadian school system, Vancouver hotel manager guided newcomers into Canadian life, Vancouver startup internships help refugees move into job market, and Syrian refugee family settling into new life in Burnaby, B.C.
By Chris Stephenson | January 13, 2017 | What's New

Weekly Updates Dec 19 – Dec 25, 2016

The Refugee Readiness Hub has added webinar training and supporting documents titled Syrian Refugees Month 13 & Beyond: Orientation on BC Income Assistance and Pathways to Employment for Refugees. The 2-hour training webinar and documents cover the following topics; an introduction to the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP), Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) transition out of RAP
By Chris Stephenson | January 13, 2017 | What's New

Weekly Updates Dec 12 – Dec 18, 2016

Refugee Readiness Teams in BC are proactively planning for the settlement of refugees. Learn more by visiting new team websites for the Fraser Valley, Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island. In addition, in the news this week Syrian refugees in Victoria worry about finding work, a milestone looms for Canada’s Syrian refugees: ‘Month 13’, voice messages
By Chris Stephenson | December 21, 2016 | What's New

Weekly Updates Dec 5 – Dec 11, 2016

With the unprecedented number of Syrian refugee arrivals to BC within the past year, ISSofBC took the opportunity to mark their first year in Canada by documenting their early settlement experiences and outcomes in a report titled Syrian Refugee Operation to British Columbia: One Year In. In the news this week racist incidents in B.C.
By Chris Stephenson | December 20, 2016 | What's New

Weekly Updates Nov 28 – Dec 4, 2016

This week a group of Syrian refugees gave back to the Vancouver community by preparing a multicultural dinner at the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, a Vancouver volunteer uses past skills as a cook to assist refugees, and student led sponsorships have allowed three refugees to not only study in Nanaimo but become permanent Canadian residents.
By Chris Stephenson | December 14, 2016 | What's New


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