National and Regional Networks

AMSSA is a member of several networks that engage with the diversity, immigrant and refugee serving sectors across Canada. The purpose is to share information, dialogue, and consult at both a national and regional level in order to inform policy.

Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR)
The Canadian Council for Refugees is a national non-profit organization committed to:

  • The rights and protection of refugees and other vulnerable migrants in Canada and around the world; and to the
  • Settlement and Integration of refugees and immigrants in Canada.

Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance – Alliance canadienne du secteur de lètablissement (CISSA-ACSEI)
CISSA-ACSEI is the immigrant settlement sector’s pan-Canadian voice with the purpose of building a Canadian society in which all immigrants and refugees are able to participate fully.

City of Vancouver – Mayor’s Working Group on Immigration
The Mayor’s Working Group on Immigration identifies, discusses and creates strategies to overcome issues facing newcomers such as underemployment and engaging in local communities.

Immigration Research West (IRW)
The purpose of Immigration Research West (IRW) is to enhance research capacity of faculty and students at the University of Manitoba, and to work with service providers and government to enhance knowledge of settlement experiences and outcomes of newcomers to Western Canada. 

LGBTQ+ Newcomers Services Providers Network
The LGBTQ+ Newcomers Service Providers Network is a group of service providers, agencies, and individuals who share knowledge and resources through a community support network focused on LGBTQ+ Newcomers. The focus of this group is to help enhance supports and address service gaps that exist for LGBTQ+ newcomers in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

Metropolis Canada
Metropolis is an international network for comparative research and public policy development on migration, diversity, and immigrant integration in cities in Canada and around the world.

Multi-Agency Partnership (MAP)
The Multi-Agency Partnership (MAP) is made up of community agencies, government ministries, and housing providers which meet monthly to identify the needs of refugee claimants and how to better serve them by coordinating efforts, sharing knowledge and creating solutions.

National Settlement Council (NSC)
The National Settlement Council (NSC) which meets twice a year is a mechanism for collaboration, consultation and planning between the settlement sector, Provincial/Territorial and Federal governments.  AMSSA is also a member of the Newcomer Language Advisory Body (NLAB) and takes part in ad-hoc National Settlement Council working groups and committees.

Organizing Against Racism and Hate (ORAH)
Organizing Against Racism and Hate (ORAH) is a program established by the Province of BC to help communities collaboratively create strategies to address racism and hate. ORAH programs are led by community organizations across BC.

Pathways to Prosperity Canada (P2P)
The Pathways to Prosperity Partnership (P2P) is an alliance of university, community, and government partners dedicated to fostering welcoming communities and promoting the integration of immigrants and minorities across Canada.