March 2018
In This Issue
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E-Symposium: Navigating Housing for Newcomers

Finding a home that is suitable and affordable is currently a major challenge for families and single renters across the province. This challenge is magnified particularly for newcomers whose past experiences and knowledge of seeking and securing shelter may differ greatly from those born and raised in British Columbia.

AMSSA's e-symposium Navigating Housing for Newcomers featured research, information sharing and recommendations from national and local BC housing organizations experts.

Watch and share the recording of the event by clicking here.

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AMSSA's Settlement Net database is a one-stop-shop for settlement and language updates, resources, news articles, reports and more!


Receive an e-update on Tuesdays with new resources and media clippings.


Register for Settlement Net by clicking here.


Sign-Up for a Diversity & Inclusion Workshop

Want to broaden your understanding of diversity and inclusion? AMSSA's Safe Harbour online and in-person training  is great for individuals or teams who require an introductory course on diversity and inclusion. 

Want to learn more? Contact us at

Staff Movement

Welcome back!
AMSSA is happy to welcome back Katie Rosenberger, Executive Director from maternity leave. Katie returned to her role in late January 2018.

We're sad to see you go! 
AMSSA would like to extend its appreciation to Jennifer Cummins, Settlement Language Coordinator. Jennifer was on maternity leave from March 2017. She has decided to pursue other aspirations. We wish her the best of luck!

Congratulations to Julie Ship who assumed the Acting Settlement Language Coordinator role in March 2017. We're happy declare that Julie will continue her role as the Settlement Language Coordinator at AMSSA in a permanent capacity.

Create your Own Online Learning or Meeting!

Did you know? AMSSA can support you and your organization to host online training or meetings to better reach your audience. We can help you live broadcast your meeting, or create a custom webinar! 

Interested in learning more about how we can support your online learning or meeting? Contact us at

Looking forward to the Year Ahead

This year, AMSSA was proud to celebrate 40 years of strengthening diversity in BC. We experienced many accomplishments over this past year. We hosted the first ever BC Settlement and Language Providers' Meeting as well as a Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Administrators' Forum which included the launch of the new BC LINC Guidelines. AMSSA also continued to host e-symposia, webinars, convening events with sector expertise, and create online videos and Migration Matters Info Sheets.Topics for these activities ranged from refugee pathways to settlement and housing, to intersectionality and language assessment. Look for these resources on the AMSSA website.

AMSSA is looking forward to continuing to support the settlement, language and diversity sectors with information services and resources. Over the next year, we will carry on with providing support services and resources through Settlement Net, Migration Matters Info Sheet Series, online events and more!

Check our website for new resources and upcoming events. 

Save the date! Our next webinar  Accessing Support Services for International Students will be on April 12, 2018. More information will be available on the AMSSA event page shortly.

Access the BC LINC Guidelines

The BC LINC Guidelines formerly the 2014 Operations Guideline Manual for LINC Programs in BC are a set of IRCC-informed guidelines that British Columbia Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Programs can use to inform internal program delivery.

In 2017/18, AMSSA was funded to reconvene the LINC Guidelines Committee, a sub-committee of the Settlement Language Working Group (SLWG) comprised of LINC coordinators and managers. The Committee has  revised the document to increase accessibility of information, to reflect current best practices and to ensure consistency among LINC service providers.

A LINC Administrators' Forum was held on Thursday March 1, 2018 to launch the Guidelines. You may have seen them come out on Settlement Net and can now find them on the AMSSA website by clicking here.

Read the Newcomer Literacy edition of Cultures West!

According to UNESCO, Literacy is the "ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts." For newcomers to Canada, learning literacy skills in another language is a complex and challenging task which may include developing both language and literacy skills at the same time. 

The latest edition of Cultures West explores literacy in a newcomer context by providing information on resources and services available, offering tips to support English language learners, and sharing lived experiences through personal stories.

Read the Cultures West online by clicking here.

Learn about Local Immigration Partnerships through our Online Video!

Watch our latest online video Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs): Collaboration Across Sectors and learn more about the LIPs! 

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada-Funded community collaborations are known as Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPS). Currently, there are 17 LIPs funded across BC. The online video profiles how two of these LIPs, the Vancouver Immigration Partnership and the Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Katzi Local Immigration Partnership, are using innovative partnerships to improve settlement outcomes.

Cooperation between settlement organizations and a variety of community groups has significantly improved immigration services in various communities throughout the province. 

Click here to watch the video.