AMSSA Applauds Minister Anne Kang and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs for Historic B.C. Settlement Funding Boost
The increased funding for settlement services will enable organizations to offer more comprehensive services and build their capacity to support refugee claimants, international students, temporary foreign workers, and displaced persons, including Ukrainians. It will create more welcoming communities and ensure that all newcomers receive the necessary support for successful integration into their new communities.
It is poised to improve existing support services, enhance workforce readiness for newcomers, extend current outreach efforts, and create more capacity in the settlement system while mitigating poverty and homelessness.
“By enhancing the BCSIS program’s resources, we can provide improved support to temporary residents and naturalized citizens as they embark on their journey of social and economic integration and empowerment,” Katie added.
The new and expanded settlement program is scheduled for launch in Spring 2024, serving an anticipated 40,000 clients annually.
AMSSA is a province-wide association that strengthens over 80 member agencies and hundreds of community stakeholder agencies serving immigrants and newcomers in British Columbia. With a focus on co-creating the conditions for success, AMSSA provides its members with the knowledge, resources, and support they need to fulfill their mandates.
- Last year, BCSIS helped more than 26,000 newcomers.
- The federal government provides settlement services to permanent residents while the province, through BCSIS, supports temporary residents (including foreign workers, international students, and refugee claimants) and naturalized Canadian citizens.
- BCSIS services are also available to Ukrainians arriving through the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel program.
- Since February 2022, more than 12,000 Ukrainians have settled in British Columbia.
- BC Government news release.
- For information on the current BCSIS program and service providers, visit: https://www.welcomebc.ca/Start-Your-Life-in-B-C/Settlement-Services#Temporary-residents
- For a factsheet about supports for newcomers, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/26749
- To learn more about what supports are available to Ukrainians, or how to support Ukrainians arriving in B.C., visit the Welcoming Ukraine website at http://gov.bc.ca/WelcomingUkraine
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