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Upcoming Workshops, Classes and Training

The Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) offers a variety of educational workshops and training seminars covering a range of topics related to multiculturalism, diversity awareness, immigration, and human rights in the workplace and community.

Exploring Self Employment

Are you thinking of starting your own business?

Learn about the first steps needed to start a business in Victoria with ICA's Business Entrepreneur, Peter Elkins. Individual business coching appointments can be scheduled after the session.

Open to eligible ICA clients.

Monday, June 13, 2016
11:30am -1:30pm, Sitka Room
930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
Mirko Kovacev, Employment Facilitator
250.388.4728 ext. 122 or

2016 Summer Remix

A free recreation and outdoor education program for immigrant and refugee youth ages 13 - 18 years.

Come explore the Juan de Fuca trail for a once in a lifetime overnight camping experience! Other activities will include sports, leadership skills, outdoor education, and community exploration. Come have some fun and make friends!

Application is required and does not confirm registration.

July 5-7:      10:00am - 3:00pm
July 13-15:  Mystic Beach overnight camping
July 19-21:  10:00am - 3:00pm

For more information, please contact:
Lissette Tougas, Settlement Youth Worker
250-388-4728 ext. 123 or

ICA ACE! Summer Camp

ACE! = Active Community Explorer! Summer Camp at ICA:

  • One week day camp with sports, arts, and cooking
  • Nature tour at outdoor parks and beaches
  • Field trips to various locations in Victoria

Please apply at ICA's front desk or through Settlement Workers.

Fee for one week is $100. Bursaries available.

July 4 - 8 (Ages 10 - 12)
July 18 - 22 (Ages 7 - 9)

10am - 4pm
930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
Kay Otani, Settlement Youth Worker in Schools
(250) 388-4728 ext. 107 or

Let's Pack Lunch!

A cooking session for parents with children in school.Learn how to keep your children healthy and happy and learning well.

Registration is required.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Kitchen, 9:30am - 11:30am
930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
Gita John-lyam, Settlement Worker in Schools
(250) 893-3821 or

Parenting Program

Are you a parent of a tween between the ages of 7 - 12? If so, come to My Tween and Me, a free parenting program, to learn how to build lasting connections with your child. It includes 6 weeks of information and information sharing in a safe and supportive place.

An intermediate level of English is needed. Open to eligible ICA clients.

Wednesdays, May 18 - June 22, 2016.
9:30am - 11:30am
930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
Ruth Miranda, Settlement Worker
(250) 388-4728 ext. 109

Advanced Financial Workshop

This workshop will cover a number of topics, including: the stock market, investing in property or real estate, opening a small business, wealth management and tax reduction strategies.

An intermediate level of English is required. Open to eligible ICA clients. Registration is required.

In collaborations with The Canadian Foundation for Economic Education.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
3:30pm to 5:30pm, Classroom 2
930 Balmoral Raod (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
Amanda Gaunt, Training Coordinator
(250) 388-4728 ext. 105 or

Citizenship Classes

Get ready for your citizenship Test at ICA.

Topics covered include rights and responsibilities, history and geography, government and politics, economy and society. Classes are led by a qualified instructor at ICA. All classes are FREE.

You must pre-register by Wednesday before the class. Classes with less that three clients will be cancelled. If you have registered but cannot attend, please call and inform us.

Two Fridays per month from 1- 3 pm
930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact ICA Reception, 250-388-4728 ext. 0

Lunchtime Topics

Learn and talk about Canada through music.

Stompin' Tom Connors was one of the great Canadian storytellers. He wrote more than 300 songs about Canada. We will listen to and discuss his songs - songs such as "Name the Capital", "The Hockey Song", "Bud the Spud" and more.

LINC 4 English or higher required. Open to eligible ICA clients. Must register to participate.

Wednesdays, May 11 - June 1, 2016
11:40am - 12:20pm, Classroom 2
930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
Amanda Gaunt, Training Coordinator
250-388-4728 ext. 105 or

Pre-Natal Class

For expectant mothers (fathers and partners are welcome).

Topics include: change to a womans's body during pregnancy; fetal dvelopment; nutrition; diet and lifestyle; labour and birth; breastfeeding and baby care; hospital tour.

Ask Questions. Get Support. Make Friends.

Open to eligible ICA clients. Registration required. Interpreters available.

Fridays, May 13 - June 10, 2016
10:00 am - 11:30am, Sitka Room
930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
Lien Tran, Settlement Worker
250-388-4728 ext. 110

Seniors Living Well in Community

Learn English wile you learn and have fun.

Join us for health and wellness activities and learn useful information about living in Victoria. Come for 6 fun-filled multicultural sessions and make new friends! 

Advance registration is required. Basic English is required. Open to eligible ICA clients.

Tuesdays, May 10 - June 14, 2016
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 119, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
Bo Min Kang, Settlement Worker
250-388-4728 ext 135 or

Youth Homework Club

Peer Tutoring for immigrant and refugee youth ages 8-18 years old for support with English language learning (conversational and written), homework assignments, preparation for tests and exams.

Registration required.

Wednesdays, January 13 - June 8, 2016
4:00pm - 5:30pm
930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
Alexandra Dawley, Youth Services Facilitator
(250) 388-4728 ext 107 or

Employment Workshops (Job Search for Newcomers)

Week 1
Tuesday May 3  - Writing a Compelling Cover Lettre (1:30pm - 4:30pm)
Thursday May 5 - Tailoring Your Resume Effectively (9:00am to 12:00pm)

Week 2
Tuesday May 10 - Canadian Workplace Culture (1:30pm - 4:30pm)
Thursday May 12 - Marketing Yourself/Networking (9:00am - 12:00pm)

Week 3
Tuesday May 17 - Labour Market Information & Your Job Search (1:30pm to 4:30pm)
Thursday May 19 - Successful Interviews (9:00am - 12:00pm)

Tuesdays & Thursdays, May 3 - May 19, 2016

All workshops in Sitka Room - 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra) and Registration is required

For further information and to register, please contact
Mirko Kovacev, Employment Facilitator
(250) 388-4728 ext. 122 or  

Entrepreneur in Residence

Do you require assistance with opening your own business?

ICA's Entrepreneur Coaching Services provide newcomers with ongoing one-on-one and group support with an expert entrepreneur coach. Clients are coached in the steps required to plan, start, and operate their business.

Open to eligible ICA clients.

If you're intereste in this service, please contact the Employment Services Manager, Debbie Hamblin.

For more information, please contact:
Debbie Hamblin, Employment Services Manager
250.388.4728 ext 134 or

Weekly Settlement Orientation Sessions

Important information to help you settle in Victoria.

Week 1
Wednesday May 11 - Adjusting to Canadian culture

Week 2
Wednesday May 18 - The basics of living in Victoria

Week 3
Wednesday May 25 - Family and social systems

Week 4
Wednesday June 1 - The legal and justice system, government structures, rights and responsibilities

Week 5
Wednesday June 8 - Health, wellbeing and the health system 

Week 6
Wednesday June 15 - Employment standards, minimum wage, basics of the employer-employee relationship

Every Wednesday 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm, May 11 - June 15, 2016

All workshops in Settlement Room - 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra). Registration is required.

For further information and to register, please contact
Preet Johal, Settlement Worker
(250) 388-4728 ext. 125 or  

Settlement Orientation Sessions in Chinese

The above orientation session are also available in Chinese.

Every Wednesday, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Settlement Room, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact a settlement worker:
Lien Tran (250) 388-4728 ext. 110 or
Fanny He (250) 388-4728 ext. 132 or

Citizenship Classes

Classes ongoing-Two Fridays per month.

ICA Citizenship classes are designed to help applicants prepare for the Citizenship Test. The sessions cover such topics as the Rights and Responsibilities of Canadians, Canadian history and geography, government, politics, economy, and society. Classes are free, pre-registration is required to ensure that there is space.

Please contact ICA Reception to register at (250) 388-4728 ext. 0.

Culturally Welcoming Diversity Workshops

Thanks to funding from WelcomeBC, ICA will be offering a series of diversity workshops and online learning modules at no cost to local agencies and businesses.

Victoria’s increasing diversity brings new challenges to local businesses and organizations. Differing values, beliefs and communication styles, for example, influence the way people interact, solve problems, and achieve goals. These interactive one-day workshops will provide diversity training using the successful Creating Culturally Welcoming Communities and Business curriculum. Following each one-day workshop, a two-week online learning module will encourage participants to create an action plan to support diversity in their workplace.

A limited number of workshop spaces are available, so please register early. Preference will be given to members of the Community Partnership Network (CPN). To become a CPN member, please visit and click on the “Become a CPN Member” button.

For more information, please contact Steven Lorenzo Baileys at