COMMUNITY

BUILDING CONNECTIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY

The Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) helps individuals and organizations to build cultural connections in our community. We provide information, training and tools to help businesses and organizations create a diverse workplace and a welcoming and inclusive community.

The Community Partnership Network (CPN) is a group of more than 250 local agencies, businesses and institutions committed to building diverse, welcoming and inclusive communities in Greater Victoria. CPN members work to develop their capacity by sharing resources and information aimed at promoting and supporting our diverse region.

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ICA’s educational services will assist your business or organization to be more inclusive and welcoming in our changing society and help us to build cultural connections.

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ICA has received funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada to lead the Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) initiative. The Greater Victoria LIP (GVLIP) is a coalition of major stakeholders, settlement organizations, and immigrant communities to help bring our different visions together.

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ICA is the only settlement agency in Canada that has a dedicated arts program. We work with immigrants and Canadian-born residents to build awareness, provide a place for newcomers to express themselves, and educate the community about issues of race, culture and diversity. Arts programs include theatre, photography, dance, among others.

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The Safe Harbour Program is based on the “block-watch” program that commits to equitable treatment in the workplace, while providing a “safe place” for victims of discrimination. Designed for organizations to take a leadership role in creating an environment where all community members feel safe and welcomed.

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ICA’s Diversity Scholarship applicants engage in meaningful work in our community with a focus on diversity, as well as helping provide welcoming and inclusive communities.

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“It has put me in a place where I’m more comfortable shedding labels, and I’m not concerned with proving to anyone what I am, what I’m not, or what I’m trying to be.”- David Mutuku on the filming of a youth documentary project.
“In Canada, I realized my situation as a new immigrant and was lucky to be helped by the Inter-Cultural Association. Even luckier, I was able to become a volunteer at ICA and gain many opportunities.”- Zhiqi Jiang
``It has been fantastic. I look forward to my volunteer shift every week and love the ICA environment!``- ICA Volunteer
BC Black History Awareness Society

BC Black History Awareness Society

Celebrating Contributions of Black Pioneers During Black History Awareness Month The Community Partnership Network includes more than 300 local businesses and organizations who.. Read More →
Newcomer Profile

Newcomer Profile

Kabir Hosein: Trinidad and Tobago (photo: Kabir is surrounded by his family- Kabir is in the back row, far-left holding his daughter Kai).. Read More →
CPN Newcomer Profile

CPN Newcomer Profile

Olivia Yanez Where were you born and raised? I was born and raised in Mexico City, but I consider myself a Canadian born.. Read More →