We hope you find these links to resources and research helpful for your organization or business to build welcoming and inclusive workplaces and communities.
Diversity Training Programs
Safe Harbour Program
Safe Harbour: Respect for All is about a vision in action: creating opportunities for businesses, institutions, agencies, and municipalities to celebrate our differences, helping to create safer, more welcoming communities that support diversity and reject discrimination.
Government, Human Rights and Service Agencies Websites
Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies
AMSSA is an affiliation of over 75 multicultural agencies providing immigrant settlement and multicultural services in communities throughout British Columbia. AMSSA creates networking opportunities, disseminate information, provide professional development and build organizational capacities for our members. AMSSA champions the promotion of multiculturalism, diversity, multicultural health and human rights.
Welcome BC is a no-nonsense, one-stop website for newcomers, the agencies that serve them, and the communities they select as home. If you haven’t arrived here yet, or are looking for ways to join us, this website can help you too. Anyone thinking of living, working, studying or investing in B.C. can find what they need from this reliable provincial government website.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is the federal government ministry responsible for setting national policy on immigration, refugee assistance, sponsorships and claims, temporary residence, permanent residence and citizenship, immigrant settlement, and multiculturalism
Canadian Human Rights Commission
The Canadian Human Rights Commissions (CHRC) offers protection against discrimination and harassment under the Canadian Human Rights Act. The CHRC website provide an overview of human rights obligations and protections, how to file a complaint, resources, links, etc.
British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal
The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal is an independent, quasi-judicial body created by the B.C. Human Rights Code. The Tribunal is responsible for accepting, screening, mediating, and adjudicating human rights complaints. The Tribunal offers the parties to a complaint the opportunity to try to resolve the complaint through mediation.
Vancouver Island Human Rights Coalition (VIHRC)
VIHRC serves people from the Greater Victoria as well as the Gulf Islands and other communities on Vancouver Island. VIHRC’s focus is to assist people who wish to file a human rights complaint with the BC Human Rights Tribunal. They also assist individuals who have nowhere else to turn and may have barriers in accessing larger resource centers. A barrier to accessing services might include English as a secondary language, recent immigration status, people who have experienced racism or homophobia or transphobia, people with limited incomes, homeless people, lone parents and individuals with cognitive or physical disabilities to name only a few.
Immigrant and Refugee Health
ACTNow BC Healthy Eating for Seniors
A handbook on nutrition for older adults. It has been developed to be an interesting, informative and useful resource for seniors age 65 and over from across British Columbia and Canada. Available in English, Chinese and Punjabi.
Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide
Health Resource guide that has been translated by Health Canada into 10 different languages in addition to English and French. Learning more about Canada’s Food Guide will help you and your family know how much food you need, what types of foods are better for you, and the importance of physical activity in your day.
Hamilton Health Sciences- Refugee & Immigrant Health
This website lists lots of useful cultural and diversity resources, tools and links for health care professionals and organizations.
Immigrant and Refugee Settlement and Integration on Vancouver Island
Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA)
The Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) helps individuals and organizations to connect across cultures. We provide information, support and tools to help immigrants reach their goals. By engaging people through networks, education and arts programming we create a welcoming community.
Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society
The Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS) is a non-profit organization founded in November 1989. The centre helps immigrants, refugees, new Canadian citizens, and visible minorities settle and adapt into new lives in Greater Victoria.
Cowichan Intercultural Society
The Cowichan Intercultural Society (CIS) has been serving the Cowichan Valley Region for more than 32 years. CIS is the leading community resource for immigrant settlement services, and for education and awareness in developing welcoming and inclusive communities in the region.
Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society
Located in Nanaimo, the Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society is a registered charity providing services to immigrants. CVIMS offers English language classes, employment and direct settlement assistance as well as other related services.
Multicultural and Immigrant Services Association of North Vancouver Island (MISA)
MISA assists local communities in attracting and retaining newcomers by providing education and professional services to members of the communities of Courtney, Campbell River and Comox Valley while offering advocacy for vulnerable populations and settlement services, thereby fostering welcoming and inclusive communities.
Newcomer Resources: Capital Regional District Green Map
The Capital Regional District (CRD) Community Green Map is an online resource created by the University of Victoria Community Mapping Collaboratory that features sites and stories under four broad categories: Newcomers, Sustainable Living, Nature, and Culture and Society. The Map connects and celebrates the people, places and projects in Victoria and the Capital Region that make our home healthy, vibrant and sustainable.
BC Centre for Employment Excellence
This website provides a single coordination point for research to connect both the BC employment services sector and the employer community with the best and emerging information about employment and training programs, practices and resources.
Immigrant Employment Council of BC
The IEBC is working with British Columbia’s business community to encourage the growth of employment opportunities for immigrants.
Government of BC website with information on career planning and training, labour market information, and links to employment service providers across the province.
Employment – For Newcomers to Canada
This Service Canada website provides resources and information for newcomers including how to apply for work permits, job creation partnerships, etc.
Research and Education
BC Stats is a provincial government agency that produces and interprets statistical information relating to all facets of life in British Columbia, including the demographic, social and economic conditions of the province and its population. This website provides the latest statistics on immigration in your region.
Statistics Canada is the federal government agency that compiles, analyses and disseminates statistical information on life in Canada, including demographics, social trends, economic conditions, etc.
Canadian Race Relations Foundation
Canada’s leading agency dedicated to the elimination of racism in the country.
Metropolis British Columbia was an active research centre for 17 years, from 1996 to 2013. This website preserves the main contributions of MBC and its content is now frozen. It provides a lasting public record of a very productive period of research on immigrant settlement and integration in Canada.
Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI)
The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) is a made-in-Canada solution designed to help employers, and diversity and inclusion (D&I), Human Rights and Equity (HR&E) and human resources (HR) practitioners effectively address the full picture of diversity, equity and inclusion within the workplace.
Pathways to Prosperity
The Pathways to Prosperity Partnership (P2P) is an alliance dedicated to fostering welcoming communities that promote the economic, social and civic integration of migrants and minorities in Canada. They also help communities grow their economies, renew their populace, and reinvigorate their labour markets by fully welcoming immigrants, international students and temporary foreign workers.
Multiculturalism and Diversity Publications
Canadian Immigrant is a national print and online magazine reporting on news, issues, policies, programs and services of relevance to immigrants.
A Canadian Multicultural Awareness Magazine focusing on Art, Culture, Heritage
Diversity in the Workplace!
Canada’s only online publication dealing with diversity in the workplace. Includes a section devoted to diversity strategies that have been proven to work.
The Diversity Reporter is a multi-lingual online information resource aimed at connecting communities in Canada including Victoria, BC.
Here! Magazine is a print and digital magazine based in Greater Victoria that provides newcomers a voice, share their stories and address the real and perceived barriers for newcomers as they adjust to their new country and culture.
Immigration, Diversity and Multicultural Initiatives
Asian Canadian Culture Online Project
The Chinese Canadian National Council is proud to present the Asian Canadian Culture Online Project (ACCOP). This exciting new online initiative aims to showcase emerging talents from Asian Canadian youth. ACCOP brings together a special collection of exceptional work fusing together expressions of cross-cultural experiences, perspectives, thoughts, and ideas.
BC Black History Learning Centre
The BC Black History Awareness Society (BCBHAS) educates and informs residents about British Columbia’s Black history. The involvement of Black pioneers in settling our province, becoming part of its founding, being a part of the judicial system, and many other aspects of life in British Columbia in the 1800s are not widely known. This web site will inspire you to learn more about Black history in British Columbia.
Building Futures in Canada
The Building Futures in Canada web site provides assistance to individuals who are considering Canada as a destination, are planning to come to Canada, or have recently arrived in Canada. The site includes video vignettes that profile the stories of 23 former immigrants to Canada who talk about why they chose Canada, where they decided to settle, the challenges they faced, the sources of help they received, and so on. Viewing these vignettes will enable you not only to hear the experiences of these individuals but to learn what life is like in various communities across Canada.
BC People- Portraits of Diversity in BC
British Columbia is home to more than four million people. Almost 30 per cent of them emigrated from another country in their lifetimes. One quarter are visible minorities. And five per cent identify as Aboriginal. The most ethnically diverse province in Canada, BC welcomes nearly 40,000 new immigrants every year. BC People is a unique storytelling project that showcases BC’s cultural, racial and ethnic diversity. Explore the website to meet the real people of BC, profiled in a book, series of podcasts and short multimedia film.
Get in the Know! Diversity Initiative in Surrey, BC
Immigrant communities in Surrey and beyond grow bigger each year, creating huge social and economic opportunities. Embracing Cultural Diversity in the BC Workplace is a new initiative designed to make sure local businesses don’t miss out. Employers are developing innovative ways to recruit, retain and advance new immigrants in the workplace. We’ve created a Surrey-based coalition of business leaders, stakeholders and service agencies to share those strategies – and develop more. This project is being managed by the DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society and coordinated by PEERS Employment and Education Resources. It is made possible through funding from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.
Canadian Council for Refugees
The Canadian Council for Refugees is a national non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection of refugees and other vulnerable migrants in Canada and around the world and to the settlement of refugees and immigrants in Canada. The membership is made up of organizations involved in the settlement, sponsorship and protection of refugees and immigrants. The Council serves the networking, information-exchange and advocacy needs of its membership.
#Welcome Refugees – Canada Resettled Syrian Refugees
As millions of Syrians continue to be displaced due to conflict in their home country, the Government of Canada is working with Canadians, including private sponsors, non-governmental organizations and provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to welcome Syrian refugees. This website provides up to date information about the resettled Syrian refugees and a range of resources, stories and helpful links.