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June 20, 2018
The Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today acknowledges World Refugee Day.
World Refugee Day was established by the United Nations to commemorate the strength, courage, and perseverance of millions of refugees. Currently, over 65.5 million people are forcibly displaced around the world, and over 22.5 million of them are refugees.
World Refugee Day is a time when Newfoundlanders and Labradorians join other Canadians and people from across the globe in expressing solidarity with families forced to flee their homes and countries.
In 2017, 279 refugees resettled to Newfoundland and Labrador, of which 139 were from Syria. Refugees resettled to Canada become permanent residents upon arrival.
The Provincial Government recently provided approximately $125,000 for projects to help integrate former refugees into the workforce, including English as a Second Language training, employment experience for refugee youth, employability and skills development programs, and establishing regional settlement services that support all newcomers, including former refugees.
The Provincial Government has also funded programming to support the private sponsorship of refugees.
These initiatives deliver on commitments in The Way Forward to strengthen the province’s economic foundation and deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.
“Newfoundland and Labrador has a proud, centuries-long history of helping those who flee conflict, violence, and persecution to reach safety and build a better future for themselves and their families. We celebrate the accomplishments of former refugees who made this province their home. They are innovative, motivated, highly entrepreneurial newcomers and we are pleased to celebrate their success on this global day of recognition...
February 28, 2018
To support the growing number of newcomers arriving throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, the ANC has opened Satellite Offices in Corner Brook, Labrador City, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and Grand Falls-Windsor.
The offices will help facilitate the successful inclusion, integration, and retention of newcomers by providing them with access to key settlement supports across the province. For Corner Brook, newcomers will also be able to avail of on-site ESL training.
Newcomers and other stakeholders will be able to access an array of supports, including general settlement/orientation supports (e.g., Needs Assessments, Settlement Planning, Community Bridging and Connections, etc.), as well as referrals to internal and external programs designed to support newcomer integration.
Services will also be available to help support:
- Co-Sponsor Groups and their private sponsorship efforts to bring refugees to the province, including assistance during the one-year settlement period
- Designated Employers and Endorsed Employees under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP)
For more information, please contact:
Phone: (709) 634-2656
Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Phone: (709) 896-8787
Phone: (709) 489-0235
Phone: (709) 944-7775
January 23, 2018
The Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today announced more than $90,000 in funding for cultural competency training.
The Association for New Canadians will receive $57,272 to provide this training in community, private, and other workplaces throughout the province, particularly in Labrador and the central and western regions of the island
January 18, 2018
Did you know the ANC is registered with Pentagon Testing Enterprises as an Official Testing Centre for the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) and Canadian Academic English La...
January 02, 2018
The Association is setting up satellite offices in Corner Brook, Grand Falls-Windsor, Labrador City and Happy Valley-Goose Bay, using funding from both the federal and provincial governments.
"The idea is to make it a little bit easier to provide settlement services for immigrants and refugees, no matter where they live in the province," the Association's Justin Campbell told the St. John's Morning Show
December 22, 2017
The Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today announced the second round of successful applicants for funding through the federal-provincial Foreign Qualification Recognition Agreement.
Foreign qualification recognition is the process of verifying that the knowledge, skills, work experience and education obtained in another country meet established Canadian standards. A partnership agreement between the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Government of Canada allocates $800,000 in federal funding to enhance foreign qualification recognition capacity, helping internationally-trained workers qualify for employment in their fields...
December 21, 2017
To support actions outlined in The Way Forward on Immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador, over $341,000 in provincial funding is being provided through the Newfoundland and Labrador Settlement and Integration Program for multiple initiatives to support settlement and integration of newcomers to the province. The Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, made the announcement today in Grand Falls-Windsor.
Read the full News Release HERE
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...