Province boosts supports for newcomers arriving in B.C.

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  • Newcomers, including international students and foreign workers, will soon
    receive enhanced supports to help them thrive in their new communities as they
    contribute to B.C.’s economy.

    “As an immigrant myself, I know how important it is to have access to services
    and supports upon arrival. Newcomers are incredibly important to our past,
    present and future,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “The
    experience, skills and cultural perspectives they bring enrich the lives of
    everyone in B.C. When newcomers thrive, our communities become stronger.
    The steps we’re taking today will help ensure that newcomers receive the
    services they need to flourish in B.C.”

    The Province will increase funding for settlement services from $6 million to
    $25.6 million annually. These settlement services, delivered under the BC
    Settlement and Integration Services (BCSIS) program, empower temporary
    residents and naturalized citizens to successfully integrate into their new
    communities, find meaningful employment, access education and health care,
    and contribute to the social fabric of their new community.

    “The Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC (AMSSA)
    welcomes the announcement of increased funding to migrant services,”
    said Katie Crocker, CEO, AMSSA. “Increased funding for the BCSIS program will
    enable settlement and integration service providers to better support temporary
    residents and naturalized citizens in their social and economic integration

    Carla Lopez, a former BCSIS Program beneficiary, said: “I came to B.C. from
    Colombia in 2022 with my family, with minimal knowledge of the resources and
    supports available to me. Thanks to the wonderful staff at MOSAIC, I received
    support to secure housing, find a job, attend English classes and register my child
    at school. We are now applying for permanent residency. It feels like home more
    and more every day now.”

    B.C.’s investment will enhance supports and services currently in place, improve
    workforce readiness for newcomers, expand outreach and build capacity in the
    settlement system, and support poverty reduction and homelessness prevention.
    The expanded settlement program will launch in spring 2024 and is expected to
    serve more than 40,000 clients per year. (


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