Settlement Language & Employment

This section of the website provides resources on Settlement Language & Employment in the Province of BC.

Settlement Language

Frequently Spoken Language in Canada after English and French
This interactive map of Canada shows the most common languages spoken in a given region (aside from English and French).

ABC Life Literacy Canada
ABC Life Literacy Canada is a national non-profit organization that inspires Canadians to increase their literacy skills.

Teaching to Diversity: ESL, Learning Assistance, Special Education, BC Teachers’ Federation
This website provides support to educators of school aged students of all abilities with information, strategies and resources related to special education, learning assistance and ESL.

New Waitlist Management and Language Referral Guidelines – BC

Waitlist Management and Language Referral Guidelines for iCARE users, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has released  guidelines for Settlement Program funding recipients who deliver language assessment or language training services regarding managing client waitlists and referring clients to language training classes. This document is also available in French.

BC Waitlist Management Strategy Guidelines, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
This document serves to provide additional information and process requirements for waitlist management in British Columbia as part of the National Waitlist Management Strategy being implemented by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. Please refer to the “IRCC Waitlist Management and Language Referral Guidelines for iCARE users” for a general overview of requirements and process. This document is also available in French

Updates and Changes to the LINC Program, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
Starting May 2, 2016, Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be implementing changes to the existing Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program. These changes will apply to all IRCC-funded organizations in British Columbia and will include new procedures for enrolling in language classes and/or registering on waitlist for language classes. This document is also available in French.

Request to Issue Client Referral FormImmigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has released a new Request to Issue Client Referral Form as part of the National Waitlist Management Strategy being implemented. This document is also available in French.

Client Referral FormImmigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has released a new Client Referral Form as part of the National Waitlist Management Strategy being implemented. This document is also available in French.

F.A.Q.s on the BC Waitlist StrategyImmigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has released a F.A.Q. document to accompany the National Waitlist Management Strategy being implemented. This document is also available in French.

Intercultural Communication

SIETAR BC
SIETAR BC (Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research) aims to promote cooperative interaction and to build a network to provide mutual support and exchange of information at the local, regional, national and international regions.

Centre for Intercultural Learning, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
Information, cultural profiles and resources on Intercultural learning are listed on this website.

Canadian Race Relations Foundation
The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is dedicated to the elimination of racism and the promotion of harmonious race relations in Canada.

Building bridges together a resource guide for intercultural work between aboriginal and non-aboriginal peoples, SPARC BC
Building Bridges Together Resource Guide is a compilation of a wide range of resources that can inform local initiatives to engage in dialogue and action-planning between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples.

Canadian Diversity, Multiculturalism, Interculturalism and Cross Cultural Understanding:Communities and Stakeholders, Spring 2012
Canadian Diversity is a quarterly publication of the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS).

Diversity in BC Schools: A Framework, Ministry of Education
This framework reports focuses on honouring the diversity of BC students within the educational system.

Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World
This report is a tool aimed to assist organizations looking to create a diversity and inclusion strategy and to measure their progress.

Managing Workplace Diversity: A Toolkit for Organizations
It is becoming important for organisations to put in place policies and practices to build an inclusive and harmonious
workplace. An inclusive and harmonious workplace is one that appreciates differences amongst workers and works towards maximising their potential. This toolkit will assist organizations in creating a workplace diversity strategy.

Population projections of visible minority groups, Canada, provinces and regions 2001-2017, Statistics Canada and Heritage Canada
Sustained immigration from non-European countries for over 15 years has increased Canada’s cultural
diversity, and is still doing so. Statistics from the 2001 Census showed an increase in the numbers of immigrants,
people belonging to visible minorities, allophones (people whose mother tongue is neither English nor French)
and non-Christian religious denominations, and an increase in the proportion of the Canadian population
belonging to one of those groups. The Multiculturalism Program at the Department of Canadian Heritage initiated a project to draw a portrait of what the ethnocultural situation could be like in Canada in 2017, the year in which the 150th anniversary of Confederation will be celebrated.

Social Cohesion: The Canadian Urban Context, Library of Parliament
This Government of Canada report focuses on social cohesion in a Canadian context.

The Multimedia & Multi-Cultural Toolkit, United Nations Association in Canada
In Canada, more than 200 multicultural groups were identified in the 2006 Census. By 2020, Canada’s visible multicultural representation will be estimated at 35% of the total population. These numbers vary from region to region, i.e. Toronto is 54% diverse and Vancouver is 36% diverse (2006 Census, Statistics Canada). This toolkit focuses on creating media that is inclusive of all communities.

Cross-Cultural Understanding, Peace Corps
Lesson plans, stories, and activities focusing on understanding the world from different cultural perspectives can be found on the website of the US Peace Corps.

Our Diverse Cities: British Columbia
This issue of the Our Diverse Cities series focuses on immigration and diversity in British Columbia.

Our Diverse Cities: Quebec
This issue of the Our Diverse Cities series focuses on immigration and diversity in Quebec.

Our Diverse Cities: Ontario
This issue of the Our Diverse Cities series focuses on immigration and diversity in Ontario.

Employment Held February 23, 2015, this AMSSA E-Symposium examined connecting industry councils with the settlement sector to facilitate the exchange of tools and resources for newcomers.

Employment Standards for Foreign Workers, Ministry of Labour
Factsheets on employment standards for foreign workers in available to download in English, Spanish, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Punjabi, and French.

Employment Standards Act for Domestic Workers and their Employers, Ministry of Labour
British Columbia’s Ministry of Labour published a brochure outlining rights and expectations of domestic workers and their employers. The information is available in English, Filipino and Spanish.

WorkSafeBC
Workers’ compensation is a compulsory workplace insurance plan paid for by employers. Any work-related illness or injury must be reported to WorkSafe BC.

Medical Services Plan (MSP) of B.C., Ministry of Health
This website provides information regarding medical insurance for persons residing in B.C.

BC Human Rights Tribunal
Employers are required to provide a workplace free from sexual harassment and from discrimination because of race, religion, gender, colour, ancestry, place of origin, marital and family status, physical and mental disabilities, political belief, or a criminal conviction unrelated to work responsibilities. More information can be found on the linked website.

Canada Revenue Agency
Information regarding employment taxation can be found on this website.

Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC)
IEC-BC is a provincial non-government organization that stimulates the integration of skilled immigrant talent into the province’s workforce.

SmartSAVER
SmartSAVER is a non-profit national initiative that helps families access up to $2,000 from the Government of Canada through the Canada Learning Bond to kick-start their kid’s education savings.

Cost of Living Calculator, Welcome BC
This cost of living calculator enables you to calculate the cost of living for your city or town in BC.

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