Settlement and Language

AMSSA provides ongoing support to British Columbia’s settlement and language community and offers a diverse range of capacity building services for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) contract holders. Our services include:







Information Sharing

Settlement Net
Settlement Net is a password protected website and database that provides the settlement sector with reliable and timely information and resources on immigration, resettlement and migration. Every Tuesday morning, subscribers receive a weekly update e-mail that includes the latest Settlement related news, updates, initiatives and resources.

All IRCC-funded settlement service providing organizations are eligible to access Settlement Net.

Click here to access Settlement Net

Migration Matters Info Sheets
Migration Matters Info Sheets are valuable two-page fact sheets that summarize statistics and provide the latest expert analysis and research materials on a range of settlement and integration topics.

View past copies of Migration Matters here

Quick Links & Resources
Quick Links & Resources (formerly known as specialized resource pages) are curated directories of resources for settlement and language providers that include best practices, toolkits, reports and more.

Check out the growing list of hot topics here.

Online Videos
Online videos are short, informational videos on topics related to settlement and language service delivery.

Click here to view our Online Videos.


Regional Meetings
Regional meetings are 2-day forums held every Fall for IRCC-funded settlement and language providing organizations. Participants share, learn, and network on issues relevant to their region.

BC/Yukon Immigrant Integration Summit
This is a province-wide summit that brings together a cross section of participants from different sectors to discuss the broad integration needs of newcomers in BC and Yukon.

Visit our BC Yukon Immigrant Integration Summit website for more details including the 2014 summit reports.

E-Symposia feature a panel of expert speakers and round-table discussion. They are a 2-hour, online interactive learning events on key sector issues.

View our previous e-symposia here.

Presented by expert speakers, webinars are 1.5 hour, interactive, online training events that cover broad topics related to immigration, settlement and capacity development.

View our previous webinars here.

Virtual Learning Exchange
The Virtual Learning Exchange is an online, full-day interactive event that facilitates the exchange of knowledge, resources and tools with the settlement and language sectors. Presentations during the event include topics such as:

  • Settlement – Information and Orientation
  • Employment
  • Local Immigration Partnerships
  • Vulnerable Populations
  • Smaller Centres/Rural Areas
  • Early Years and Youth
  • Language

AMSSA coordinates the following committees to identify and discuss BC’s settlement, language, and integration needs and challenges, best practices in program delivery, research and reports in order to promote positive change to Canadian Policy:

BC Settlement Program Planning Committee (SPPC)
The BC Settlement Program Planning Committee is a province-wide committee made up of representatives from the BC Settlement sector, as well as representatives from provincial and federal government, employers and other key stakeholders. The committee will inform and discuss BC’s settlement, language and integration needs.

Immigration Integration Coordination Committee (IICC)
A province-wide advisory group of BC-IRCC Settlement Service representatives, the IICC oversees BC settlement programming, sector support, and ensures client needs are identified and met.

Learn more about the IICC here.

Settlement Language Working Group

The Settlement Language Working Group acts as a conduit for experts in the language field to provide strategic input, as well as assist with interpretation of policy and operational guidelines that impact the settlement language sector. The Committee is comprised of representatives from a regional cross-section of settlement language stakeholders.

Research Advisory Committee
The Research Advisory Committee is comprised of sector and research representatives to identify and develop sector research priorities and partnerships as well as discuss BC centric research initiatives.


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