What’s New

Weekly Update: April 30 – May 6, 2018

ISSofBC Report

Reports and Factsheets:   May 2, 2018 – ISSofBC: Syrian Refugee Operation to British Columbia: Taking Stock Two Years after Arrival Over two years after arriving to BC as part of the largest refugee resettlement initiative in Canadian history, 40% of Syrians who arrived as Government-Assisted Refugees (GARs) are in full-time or part-time jobs, according to […]

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New Video: Successful Refugee Entrepreneurs


This second video by the BC Refugee Hub spotlights successful refugee entrepreneurs residing in British Columbia. Tayybeh, which is the Arabic word for “delicious” and “kind,” is a project that started with a small neighbourhood pop-up dinner to raise money for a few Syrian refugee women that had recently arrived to Vancouver in October 2016. […]

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Weekly Update: April 23-29, 2018

Inland Refugee Society

News and Events: April 25, 2018 – The North Shore News: Long wait ends as Syrian refugees arrive in North Van April 26, 2018 – The Vancouver Star: Refugee agencies seek homes for summer arrivals as Ottawa debates ‘illegals’ April 27, 2018 – CBC News: Whistler, B.C., group fights to bring Syrian man stranded in Malaysian airport to […]

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New Video: Refugee Successful Entrepreneurs

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The BC Refugee Hub spotlights successful refugee entrepreneurs residing in British Columbia. Hasan Sheblak came to Canada as a Government Assisted Refugee (GAR) under the Canadian federal government’s Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP). Hasan arrived to Canada in 2016 with his wife and children and were supported by ISSofBC’s RAP program. Hasan Sheblak has started a […]

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Weekly Update: April 16-22, 2018


Reports and Factsheets: Welcome Centre Refugee Claimants Statistical Highlights  Quarter 1 Statistics – January to March 2018: Get the latest statistics, trends and observations of new refugee claimant clients at the ISSofBC Welcome Centre through the quarterly bulletin including top source countries and temporary and permanent housing sites.    

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Weekly Update: April 9 – 15, 2018

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News and Events: Meet and Greet with Starbucks – Hosted by IEC-BC IEC-BC is delighted to be working alongside Starbucks to bring you a ‘Meet and Greet’ event tailored specifically for those who landed in Canada as refugees. What is it? It’s A ‘meet and greet’ event with the hiring managers from Starbucks! Hear about […]

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Weekly Update: April 2 – 8, 2018

RRh Spotlight - UNHCR

ISSofBC Refugee Readiness Hub (RRH) Spotlight Series: UNHCR In the 3rd video of the RRH Spotlight Series we speak to Azadeh Tamjeedi from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Azadeh is based in Vancouver, BC as a representative for UNHCR Canada. Azadeh provides us with more information about the role of the UNHCR […]

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Weekly Update: March 26 – April 1, 2018

SOS videos

Resources by Resettlement Category – Refugee Claimants: Settlement Orientation Services (SOS) is an organization based in Vancouver, BC at the ISSofBC Welcome Centre. SOS provides services to new Refugee Claimant clients arriving British Columbia. SOS has just released a series of videos targeted to new clients on the Refugee Claim process. The videos cover the following […]

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Weekly Update: March 19 – 25, 2018

Surrey Local Immigration Partnership

Success Story: March 2018 – Surrey Local Immigration Partnership: Building Solidarity Between Indigenous and Refugee Communities in Surrey What was intended as a project to bring together Indigenous and refugee youth for intercultural exchange, celebration and community building grew into even more. Through a series of dialogues – two dialogue circles and a traditional longhouse […]

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Weekly Update: March 12 – 18, 2018

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Success Stories: March 9, 2018 – The National Observer: Syrian refugee women in Canada move into job market, bringing cooking skills with them News and Events: March 11, 2018 – CBC News: Erbil, Seattle, Vancouver: why one asylum seeker walked across the border into B.C. – ‘Suddenly, everything turned bad,’ says Ribwar Omar, who fled Iraq March […]

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Weekly Update: March 5 – 11, 2018

Resource Fair

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

ISSofBC Reports: GARs resettling in BC

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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