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 be door prizes, gift baskets, and food!

  • Monday, October 23, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • MOSAIC (#200-7134 King George Blvd)
  • No registration required.
  • Language support available in a variety of languages.
  • For more information, contact Joanna Habdank (jhabdank@mosaicbc.org, 604-254-0244)

This event is part of Surrey Newcomer Employment Week. See what other great events are going on











Fresh Voices’ Hear My Story – October 25, 2017, Victoria, BC

Share, reflect, remember and celebrate diversity in our communities and be inspired by the stories of immigrant and refugee youth. Hear from Unicef Canada Ambassador John Nsabimana and a panel of youth speakers, and share your story through interactive program components.

This is a free community event open to anyone. This event is brought to you by the Victoria Foundation and Vancouver Foundation and co-organized by an engaged group of immigrant youth.

A light dinner will be served. Note that elevator access is available for participants with mobility limitations.

Click HERE to Register.

October 2, 2017 – The National Post: Loan program blamed for leaving refugees in financial trouble to be reworked

September 29, 2017 – NOTICE – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada: Proposed changes to the Immigration Loan Program to help refugees and immigrants succeed

“The proposed changes would give refugees more time to repay their loans and would keep the loans fixed at the amount that was originally borrowed. Easing the loan repayment process would give refugees the chance to focus on improving their language skills and making use of the settlement services available to help them become part of Canadian society faster.”

IRCC refugee loans

 Reports and Publications


UNICEF Publications – Uprooted: The growing crisis for refugee and migrant children (September 2016)

Around the world, nearly 50 million children have migrated across borders or been forcibly displaced. This report presents – for the first time – comprehensive, global data about these children – where they are born, where they move and some of the dangers they face along the way. The report sheds light on the truly global nature of childhood migration and displacement, highlighting challenges faced by child migrants and refugees in every region.

Also available – Executive Summary and Key Findings: English; Arabic; French; Spanish.

October 3, 2017 – Victoria Foundation Vital Signs Report 2017Newcomers to Victoria face hurdles finding housing, jobs.

Click HERE to view and download the full report.