Settlement & Inclusion

For immigrants, arrival in Canada marks the start of a journey, not the end.  Immigrants move through stages as they adapt to their new country, from settlement to adaptation to integration.

Many newcomers choose where to move based on how many friends and family they know in a place, but some arrive knowing no one. Feeling at home in a new place can take time, and building or expanding social networks can be challenging.

In British Columbia, settlement assistance for newcomers is provided by a variety of non-profit community-based agencies and public school districts through programs funded by the federal and provincial governments.

It is not only immigrants who need to adapt to their new community – our communities need to adapt to welcome them as well.  Integration is a two-way street.

Creating inclusive communities can be challenging, particularly during times of economic downturn, when Canadian attitudes towards immigration and immigrants tend to grow more negative.

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