Weekly Updates Nov 28 – Dec 4, 2016

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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.

The news this week also includes driver’s licensing a frustration for some Syrian refugees, Senate committee calls on Ottawa to do more for refugee integration, shift to provincial assistance is a financial challenge, B.C. has longest waiting lists for English classes in Canada, challenges and triumphs: Syrian refugees’ 1st year in Canada, and the BC Government is investing more than $630,000 to find new ways for refugees and immigrants to join British Columbia’s growing economy.

Resources added to the Refugee Readiness Hub this week include information on the  Community and Employer Partnership Program (CEP), a description of the  Canada-B.C. Job Grant, Private Sponsorship information on disputes & breakdowns and a resource kit for planning for month 13.