Saturday December 17,
BC Gov't News
Services to setup assistance programs with grant money
Thomas Marshall, BC Government Caucus
to Chilliwack will receive enhanced immigrant settlement services to
help them settle into their new lives and gain employment through
$188,665 in funding for the Chilliwack Community Services Society.
"Moving to a new place
can be very intimidating. These services help make such changes as
smooth as possible. This funding will allow Chilliwack Community
Services to continue to help new immigrants find a job and a place
to live," said Chilliwack-Hope MLA Barry Penner.
This funding is part of
a $20.3 million annual budget for the Settlement and Integration
Program under WelcomeBC.
"This funding is money
well spent, and will go towards supporting vital services which help
new immigrants integrate and settle into our community," said
Chilliwack MLA John Les.
Why this matters
towards orientation classes and workshops on a wide variety of
topics such as: how to find a job, find a place to live,
navigate the local transit system and learn banking basics.
B.C. continues to
be one of Canada's most popular destinations for new immigrants,
welcoming more than 40,000 newcomers each year.
WelcomeBC are provided to more than 100,000 newcomers in 66
communities across the province, by more than 100 service
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
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
Once the host's
language is selected, all the information on the screen will
download the video scripts in any of the eleven languages to
keep the instructions/lessons close at hand.
sophistication of these web videos/mobile offering is a first
for any jurisdiction in Canada.