NORTH VANCOUVER – Newcomers to the North Shore and Squamish will receive enhanced immigrant settlement services to help them settle into their new lives and gain employment through $829,333 in funding for the North Shore Multicultural Society. This funding is part of a $20.3 million annual budget for the Settlement and Integration Program under WelcomeBC.
“As a proud Canadian of Japanese heritage, I know firsthand the valuable role that immigrants play in making our community more diverse, both socially and economically. This major injection of funding for the North Shore Multicultural Society will allow them to continue doing their valuable work with newcomers to the North Shore.”
- North Vancouver-Lonsdale MLA Naomi Yamamoto
“WelcomeBC does an outstanding job of enhancing immigrant settlement services across B.C. Programs like these help newcomers to Squamish find places to live, get jobs and become fully contributing members of our community.”
- West Vancouver-Sea to Sky MLA Joan McIntyre
“The North Shore is such a diverse place to live, not just because of our beautiful mountains, rivers and ocean, but because of all the different cultures represented in this beautiful part of Metro Vancouver. This funding is a wise investment in our entire community.”
- North Vancouver-Seymour MLA Jane Thornthwaite
“Elizabeth Jones and the team at the North Shore Multicultural Society have a rich history of making our community more vibrant and inclusive. This funding will help them to continue doing their outstanding work.”
- West Vancouver-Capilano MLA Ralph Sultan
WelcomeBC’s award-winning website helps approximately 600,000 clients each year from B.C. and around the world, offers information accessible in several languages and makes it easier for immigrants to access vital information.
- By 2019, it’s expected that there will be over a million job openings in the province, and skilled immigrants will play a vital role in filling many of those positions.
Watch the newcomers’ videos here: http://www.welcomebc.ca/wbc/immigration/settle/newcomersguide
- Users can mix and match the language the host speaks in with the subtitle: for example viewers can watch the videos in Punjabi with English subtitles.
- Once the host’s language is selected, all the information on the screen will convert automatically.
- Clients can download the video scripts in any of the eleven languages to keep the instructions/lessons close at hand.
- The technical sophistication of these web videos/mobile offering is a first for any jurisdiction in Canada.