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December 19, 2017
As part of the Canada 150 celebrations, M.P. Nick Whalen recognized a selection of outstanding community members in the riding of St. John’s East with Canada 150 Community Awards.
The Association would like to congratulate members of the Refugee Health Clinic (including the ANC’s Public Health Nurse, Barbara Albrechtsons), who were presented with an award in recognition of their dedication and commitment to serving high-need refugees arriving in Newfoundland and Labrador
December 12, 2017
On behalf of the Board, clients, and staff of the Association for New Canadians, we would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the Rotary Club of St. John's East for supporting our Annual Client Christmas party.
Thanks to your kindness and generosity, over 150 newly-arrived refugee adults and children were treated to a wonderful holiday party, complete with gifts, a festive feast, and a visit from Santa himself
December 07, 2017
On June 20, in recognition of World Refugee Day, the ANC’s photo exhibit “Home is Where the Heart Feels” was displayed in the Great Hall at St. John’s City Hall. This event highlighted photographs captured by refugee youth as they explored their new community and learned about the art of photography.
From December 11 to January 6, you can view a selection of these photos at Jumping Bean Coffee (37 Elizabeth Avenue).
Drop by for a look and please feel free to share your impressions in our comment book!
The ANC would like to sincerely thank Bojan Furst and Jaehong Jin for their help with this project...
December 06, 2017
Last September, students and staff at the Association for New Canadians’ ESL Training Centre participated in the Terry Fox School Walk for the 6th year in a row
December 05, 2017
The Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today announced more than $392,000 in funding through the Labour Market Partnerships Program to support two pilot employment programs for international students and graduates.
The programs will be delivered by the Association for New Canadians and will help international students secure gainful employment and expand their professional networks, which will support their pathways to permanent residency and retention in Newfoundland and Labrador.
For more information, check out the press release HERE...
November 28, 2017
A Syrian man, living in St John’s, hopes to one day return to an industry he worked in before his life was destroyed by conflict in his home country.
Read the full story from VOCM by clicking HERE
November 16, 2017
Check it out HERE...
November 07, 2017
To celebrate Women’s History Month in October, the ANC’s Women’s Group participated in its Empowering Women’s Social at Rocket Bakery in St. John’s. Newcomer women heard from several successful women, including:
November 06, 2017
Every year the ANC’s Settlement Workers in the Schools (SWIS) Team delivers its ESL Summer Program for Newcomer Children and Summer Enrichment Program for Newcomer Youth. This year, the programs served approximately 80 refugee and immigrant participants while connecting an additional 120 with external programming in the community.
The ESL Summer Program for Newcomer Children hosted several guest speakers and presenters, including representatives from the:
• Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth
• ANC’s Diversity Outreach Team
• Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador Green Team
• Canadian Cancer Society SunSense Program
• Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) Mounted Unit and Bicycle Safety Unit
Participants in the Summer Enrichment Program for Newcomer Youth took part in various weekly outings designed to improve access to community resources and facilitate overall integration, while supporting skills learned in the classroom. These included outings to:
• Suncor Energy Fluvarium
• Memorial University
• A.C. Hunter Library
• Quidi Vidi Plantation and Quidi Vidi Lake
• Bowring Park
• Confederation Building
• Signal Hill
• Johnson Geo Centre
The ANC would like to express its sincerest gratitude to the funders who supported these initiatives, including Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the Provincial Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Rotary Club of St. John’s, as well as fundraising efforts by Stampin’ Up with Kay Smith and a generous donation of five bikes from the Read to Ride Program.
We would also like to thank the NL English School District for supporting this important programming.
Finally, a big thank-you to the hard-working staff and volunteers who assisted young newcomers as they prepared for the school year (including the over 20 newcomer youth who returned to volunteer in the same programs that they first participated in as new arrivals to Canada). Their efforts are truly appreciated and have contributed greatly to the important integration and inclusion of newcomer children and youth in their schools and community...
November 02, 2017
For immediate release
Growing Canada’s Economic Future
Historic multi-year immigration plan sets out highest levels in recent history
November 1, 2017—Toronto, ON— For years, we’ve seen how immigration strengthens Canada by spurring innovation and economic growth, supporting diverse and inclusive communities.
Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced the Government of Canada’s historic multi-year immigration levels plan that will responsibly grow the number of permanent residents Canada welcomes annually.
Beginning with 310,000 new permanent residents in 2018, and growing to 330,000 in 2019 and 340,000 in 2020, this plan sets out the most ambitious immigration levels in recent history. This measured, gradual increase will trend towards one percent of the population by 2020, spurring innovation and representing a major investment in Canada’s prosperity, now and into the future.
Supporting both Canadian businesses and labour market needs, the multi-year immigration plan will foster economic growth in the face of slowing labour force growth and an ageing population. With approximately 60 percent of the increase, over the three year period, in the economic category, this plan helps distribute the benefits of immigration across Canada, responding to a unanimous call by provinces and territories earlier this fall.
Increased levels will create the space needed to reduce backlogs and decrease processing times for families sponsoring spouses, children, parents, grandparents, and caregivers.
The 2018-2020 multi-year immigration levels plan also fulfills our commitment to offer protection to those in need.
Canada’s well-managed immigration system is unique in the world. It places great emphasis on providing assistance to recently arrived newcomers to weather their migration transition period, learn English or French, find meaningful employment, and establish themselves in their communities.
Ensuring that newcomers integrate and contribute to our economy and our communities remains our priority, which is why this historic growth is being managed through a gradual annual increase over three years. This will allow settlement and integration partners time to plan and work with all levels of government to ensure that our world-class results for newcomers continue.
This past summer, Minister Hussen traveled across the country and heard from a variety of stakeholders, including businesses, labour, provinces and territories, families and advocates. They all sent a resounding message that increased immigration is a necessity for economic growth, community sustainability, and keeping Canada globally competitive.
“This historic multi-year immigration levels plan will benefit all Canadians because immigrants will contribute their talents to support our economic growth and innovation, helping to keep our country at the forefront of the global economy.”
– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
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