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Weekly Update: March 5 – 11, 2018

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News and Events: February 20, 2018 – Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada: The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada changes how refugee hearings are scheduled. The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) is changing its scheduling practice for refugee hearings and will now be hearing claims primarily in the order in which they were received. The […]

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Weekly Update: February 26 – March 4, 2018


News and Events: February 26, 2018 – RefugeesDeeply: How Blockchain Could Make Refugee Programs More Transparent February 26, 2018 – CTV News: Changing the status quo: B.C. agency pioneers one-stop-shop mental health care February 27, 2018 – This.org: Q&A: Ahmad Danny Ramadan on the unique experiences of LGBTQ refugees – The Syrian-Canadian author talks refugee life, his […]

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Weekly Update: February 19-25, 2018

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News and Events: World Economic Forum – Scandinavian countries are copying Canada’s approach to immigration CBC News – ‘He has a big heart’: cross-continent kindness could save Syrian man from blindness – Florida resident donates almost $60,000 Cdn to help Syrian family Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) – International Refugee Rights Conference 2018 In June 2018, the […]

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Weekly Update: February 12-18, 2018

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News and Events: Feb 13, 2018 – The Star: Refugee claimants challenge federal government over denial of child benefit – A Toronto legal clinic is representing six clients who are challenging the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) over treatment they argue violates their charter rights based on immigration status. January 31, 2018 – UNHCR: UNHCR releases draft […]

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Weekly Update: February 5-11, 2018

CMAS Report

Reports and Publications: CMAS – The Resilience Guide: Program Strategies for Responding to Trauma in Refugee Children UNHCR Innovation – Essays from the Edge of Humanitarian Innovation News and Events: Feb 7, 2018 – CBC News: 1 in 6 female asylum seekers fleeing gender-based persecution – Deka and Khadija believe their husbands will kill them if they’re sent […]

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Weekly Update: January 29 – February 4, 2018

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Just Released – Newsletter #19: BC Refugee Arrivals Statistical Highlights – The 2017 Annual Roll-Up In this issue of the ISSofBC Refugee Readiness Hub Newsletter, we have compiled 2017 refugee arrival statistics for all categories including Refugee Claimants,  Government Assisted Refugees (GARs), Privately Sponsored Refugees (PSRs) and Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVORs). In addition to this, […]

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Weekly Update: January 15-21, 2018

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New Section: Resources by Resettlement Category This new section of the ISSofBC Refugee Readiness Hub has been created to make it easier for those supporting and working with refugees to find important resources and information. After receiving many e-mails with specific requests for resources for different resettlement categories, the 4 different pages were created: Refugee Claimant […]

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Weekly Update: January 8 – 14, 2018

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Refugee Claimants: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) – Refugee Claimant Resources, including: How to Make a Claim for Refugee Protection in Canada Claimant’s Kit Other Important Information and Forms Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada – Claiming Asylum (Info sheet) UNHCR Canada – Who can make an asylum claim at the border? (Info sheet) – January […]

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Weekly Update: January 1 – 7, 2018

Somali Refugee

Success Stories: January 2, 2018 – Business Vancouver: New career in B.C. made to measure for Syrian tailor – Surrey’s DiverseCity community resources society helps refugee launch clothing line. January 3, 2018 – CBC News: Residents of small B.C. town help Syrian refugee realize artistic dreams – Isam Sharkiye creates hammered copper art pieces and sculptures in Fort Nelson, […]

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Weekly Update: December 18 – 24, 2017

UNHCR Canada

News & Events: University of Oxford – Refugee Studies Centre: Major new funding from the IKEA Foundation for research on the economic lives of refugees Quartz: The UN is using ethereum’s technology to fund food for thousands of refugees UNHCR Canada: Young newcomers’ tech innovations help refugees Future Learn – Online Course: Volunteering with Refugees – This FREE […]

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Weekly Update: December 4 – 10, 2017

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Research & Publications Statistics Canada: interactive charts that show where newcomers call “home” in Canada World Economic Forum: Refugee are not creators of the crisis. They are the victims. UNHCR Innovation Services: How business incubators can facilitate refugee entrepreneurship and integration News & Events: November 7, 2017 – Xtra News: Gay Honduran asylum seeker given four-week reprieve […]

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Weekly Update: November 27 – December 3, 2017


Resource Centre: Settlement Inter-Cultural Association of Victoria (ICA): We Speak Translate Project and Training The We Speak Translate project is a first of its kind collaboration between Google Translate and the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) utilizing the Google Translate app for refugee resettlement and newcomer inclusion in communities. “Google is humbled and excited […]

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Weekly Update: November 20 – 26, 2017


RHH Spotlight Series: In the second video instalment of the RRH Spotlight Series, learn about Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST) and the services and programs they offer to Refugees arriving in British Columbia, Canada. Visit the VAST website to learn more.

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Weekly Update: November 13 – 19, 2017

Canadian Immigrant Magazine

Success Stories: November 17, 2017 – Delta Optimist: Delta affirms support for refugee families   News & Events: November 15, 2017 – The National Observer: War on the playground: when children act out divisions from battles left behind November 16, 2017 – Canadian Immigrant Magazine: We’re one big diverse nation, according to Census date, but […]

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Weekly Update: November 6 – 12, 2017

Rohingya Refugees

News & Events: October 22, 2o17 – Campbell River Mirror: Language barriers a huge hurdle for new Canadians – Campbell River Immigrant Welcome Centre takes over LINC program, but needs your help to keep it here November 3, 2017 – The Globe and Mail: Bob Rae urged to call on Myanmar’s neighbours to help stop attacks on […]

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Weekly Update: October 30 – November 5, 2017


News and Events: October 30, 2017 – Peace Arch News: Report aims to help refugees find jobs in Surrey, Abbotsford – Some 5,820 refugees settled in B.C. as a result of Syria’s civil war, mostly in Surrey and Abbotsford. November 1, 2017 – The Tyee: Underemployment and Low Wages Continue to Burden Immigrants  – Refugees in particular struggle […]

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Weekly Update: October 23 – 29, 2017


News and Events: October 23, 2017 – News Release – Province of British Columbia – Social Development and Poverty Reduction: Mapping refugee skills fills employer needs “The biggest asset of the project was the collaboration between all the partners, which helped us understand individual refugee’s level of readiness for employment, and uncover the needs of […]

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*New* Refugee Readiness Hub – Newsletter #18

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ISSofBC Refugee Readiness Hub – Newsletter #18: Featured in this issue are 2017 3rd quarter BC refugee arrival statistics for all categories, including: Refugee Claimants Government-Assisted Refugees (GARs) Privately Sponsored Refugees (PSRs) Blended Visa Office-Referred Program (BVOR) Also included are expected GAR arrivals for the last quarter of 2017. Check out our previous newsletters (#1 to […]

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Weekly Update: October 2-8, 2017

SURREY NOW - Refugee Day

News and Events:   Surrey Local Immigration Partnership – “Surrey NEW” Refugee Day: Hosted by MOSAIC Come discover the many special services and programs MOSAIC has available for refugees. Employers from the manufacturing sector will present on how to land a job in the sector. Also learn about unique self-employment initiatives for women! There will […]

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Weekly Update: September 25 – October 1, 2017

UBC Refugee Symposium

News and Events: UBC (October 11 – 19, 2017) – After the Flight: Community-University Refugee & Migration Symposium: Organized by campus and community partners, the 2017 After the Flight symposium provides opportunities to learn from one another, exchange refugee and claimant settlement experiences, as well as share research, knowledge and passion on refugee and migration issues. […]

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Weekly Update: September 18-24, 2017

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News and Events: September 18, 2017 – Vancouver Sun – Refugee groups expect surge in Salvadoran, Honduran asylum seekers September 19, 2017 – CBC News – Syrian women in Victoria, B.C., find work with a little help from Canadian friends September 20, 2017 – Abbotsford News – Surge in asylum seekers at B.C. borders: stats September 21, 2017 […]

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Weekly Update: September 11-17, 2017


Reports & Publications: The UNHCR Canada has released a series of info-graphic 1-pagers providing more information on the Refugee Claimant and Resettlement System in Canada: Refugee Resettlement Facts Detention of Children Seeking Asylum in Canada Detention of Persons Seeking Asylum in Canada Canada Factsheet – March 2017 Refugee Claim Process – regular entry by land, sea, […]

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Weekly Update: September 4-10, 2017

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Research & Publications: Oxford University – Refugee Studies Centre – SoundCloud Inventory of Podcasts from Seminars, Conferences and Discussions: The Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) aims to build knowledge and understanding of the causes and effects of forced migration in order to help improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Private Sponsorship: Journey […]

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Weekly Update: August 28 – September 3, 2017

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Research & Publications: Together Project – Filling the Gap: Volunteer & Settlement Sector Interactions in Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis – September 2017 Together Project – Matching Government-Assisted Refugee Newcomers – December, 2016 UVIC Centre for Youth & Society –  Refugee Youth – Good practices in Urban Resettlement Contexts – May 2016   Resource Centre – Youth […]

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Weekly Update: August 21 – 27, 2017

KCR Syrian Refugee Survey Results

Success Stories: Video – Welcoming Refugee Children in Vancouver and Burnaby, British Columbia: What can we do to support refugee children’s healthy development and build inclusive, welcoming communities together? With partners across the Lower Mainland (British Columbia), Equitas builds a culture of openness and respect within communities, helping refugee children and their families feel safe, participate in human rights […]

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Weekly Update: August 14 – 20, 2017

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News & Events: July 25, 2017 – Bridge Clinic for Refugees – Services at Bridge Clinic will ramp down by November 3, 2017. “After August 18, refugees will be referred directly to VCH primary care clinics or Fraser Health clinics in the community where they reside. More information will be provided by Bridge staff as to […]

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Weekly Update: August 7 – 13, 2017


Research & Publications: UNHCR Canada – Factsheet: Global Refugee Resettlement Needs 2017 IRCC – Factsheet: (Myth) Are asylum seekers queue jumpers? Publisher’s Weekly – Children’s Books Exploring the Refugee Crisis: As the present global refugee crisis continues to surge—with more than a million migrants fleeing war from not only Syria, but across the Middle East, Africa, […]

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Weekly Update: July 31 – August 6, 2017

ISSfBC Bike Hub

Success Stories: CBC News (August 6, 2017) – New Canadians learn to cycle the city in Vancouver bike host program: The program matched 16 local cyclists with 16 newcomers from different countries Vancouver Sun ( August 3, 2017) – Home, Shelter, Belonging: The meaning of space at Harmony Arts Festival and West Vancouver Museum   […]

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Weekly Update: July 24 – 30, 2017


News & Events The National Observer (July 21, 2017) – The Survivors Next Door Media Release – Legal Services Society (July 25, 2017) – Additional federal funding for immigrant and refugee legal aid. HuffPost (July 28, 2017) – Canadian ‘Heavy-Hitters’ Rally The World To Tackle Refugee Crisis: Though inspired by a UN initiative, Canada is running […]

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Weekly Update: July 17 – 23, 2017

Fraser Valley RRT

Reports & Publications: Refugee Response Team – Fraser Valley: The FV-RRT has a published multiple reports and info-sheets with information on housing, healthcare, etc. News and Events: Media Release – S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Walkathon Marks 32nd Anniversary with Multicultural Carnival. “The Walk is a great time to meet old and new friends. In addition to many familiar faces, […]

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Weekly Update: July 10 – 16, 2017


Research and Publications: ISSofBC GAR Bulletin: Statistical Highlights for 2nd Quarter – April 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017 UNHCR Canada – Flow Chart – Refugee Claim Process (Regular Entry by Land, Sea, Air): Outlines the process to make a refugee claim in Canada with a variety of scenarios. UNHCR Canada – Infographic – What is Canadian […]

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Weekly Update: July 3 – 9, 2017

Refugee Readiness Hub Newsletter #17

ISSofBC Refugee Readiness Hub – Newsletter #17: Featured in this issue is: “What it means to be a refugee claimant in Canada” By UNHCR Canada Historical Context of Refugee Claimant Statistics for BC from 2013-2016 Monthly statistics of Refugee Claimants in BC from January to June 2017 Flow Chart of the Refugee Claimant process in […]

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Weekly Update: June 26 – July 2, 2017

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Success Stories: UNHCR – The Hungarian entrepreneur who styled a new life in Canada – The story of a former refugee from Hungary who arrived in Canada in 1967. Research and Publications: Tracking the Interregional Mobility of Recently Arrived Refugees in Canada – By Fernando Mata, School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies, University of Ottawa […]

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Weekly Update: June 19 – 25, 2017

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News & Events: An Evening in Damascus – A fundraiser for queer Syrian refugees: For the third year in a row, this event is organized and hosted by Danny Ramadan, a proud gay Syrian refugee, author of “The Clothesline Swing” and the Grand Marshall of the Vancouver Gay Pride Parade 2016, aims to gather funds […]

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World Refugee Day – June 20, 2017


UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi on World Refugee Day 2017 Given the right environment our experience is that, refugees bring solutions, not problems. Inclusion requires opening our minds, hearts and communities to refugees. Each year on June 20th the United Nations, United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and countless civic groups around the world […]

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Weekly Update: June 12 – 18, 2017

East Vancouver Newcomer Camp

Resource Centre – Children: East Vancouver Newcomer Camp: A free summer camp that provides recently arrived refugee children with the tools they need to thrive in their new home Research and Publications: AMSSA – Migration Matter Infosheet: Integration Outcomes of Resettled Refugees in Canada Success Stories: Metro News (June 18, 2017) – UBC students to host […]

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Weekly Updates: June 4 – 11, 2017

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Resource Centre – Housing: Airbnb Welcome – Airbnb’s newest initiative to support refugees in Canada. A new platform that will allow relief organizations and nonprofits to seamlessly connect refugees, evacuees and other people in need with Airbnb hosts who have offered to temporarily house displaced people at no cost. The platform will also make it easier for […]

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ISSofBC Special Report: Syrian Government-Assisted Refugees (GARs) to British Columbia

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251 Syrian Government-Assisted Refugees settled in five communities outside of Metro Vancouver in 2016. Learn more about these individuals and their settlement experiences in new report released by ISSofBC on June 6, 2017: Syrian Government-Assisted Refugees (GARs) to British Columbia: A Roadmap to Integration for GARs destined outside Metro Vancouver. The report is based on a telephone survey […]

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Weekly Updates: May 28 – June 3, 2017

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Resource Centre: Settlement Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has re-vamped their website for new immigrants with new search options to locate settlement services in all regions – with an option for “services for refugees”. Education ISSofBC Bursaries – ISSofBC is encouraging education for refugee youth and newcomers to Canada with six bursaries. The deadline for […]

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We’re back!


The ISSofBC Refugee Hub is back, providing information, resources, news, tools in our popular weekly updates, along with monthly newsletters. We will post weekly updates every Monday for the week prior focusing on news/events/resources/programs and services for refugees across British Columbia. Monthly newsletters will be released in the last week of every month starting this […]

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March Update-Final Issue


The final issue of the Refugee Readiness Fund Newsletter is packed full of inspiring success stories from across BC and highlights the resettlement efforts in 2016. The Refugee Readiness Hub will remain to serve all those who continue to make newcomer refugees feel welcomed, settled and integrated in our communities. However, updates to content will […]

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Weekly Updates Mar 6 – Mar 12, 2017

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Weekly Updates Feb 6 – Feb 12, 2017

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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 […]

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Weekly Updates Jan 30 – Feb 5, 2017

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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