|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.
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.