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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.

Soft Skills For Social Interaction

Have you ever asked yourself whether it is appropriate to do or say something in Canada? Have you ever been unsure how to interact with friends, neighbors or others in public or in private? If so, this workshop is for you!

Through interactive learning and role playing, we will explore our social world.

Registration & English Level 4 is required.

Tuesdays, Sept 15 - Oct 6, 2015
4:00pm to 6:00pm, Classroom 2
930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

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

Canadian Citizenship Application Preparation

Are you looking for information about becoming a Canadian citizen?

In this 2-session class, you will learn about the process towards citizenship, the citizenship application procedure, and what is expected of you when you are applying for citizenship.

Open to eligible ICA clients. Registration is required.

Thursdays, Sep 24 & Oct 1, 2015
9:30am - 11:30am

930 Balmoral Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
Fanny He, Settlement Worker
(250) 388-4728 ext 132 or

Pre-natal Class

For expectant mothers (fathers and partners are welcome)

Topics include: changes to a woman's body during pregnancy; fetal development, 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 Nov 6 - Dec 4, 2015
10:00am - 11:30am, Sitka Room

930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

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

Baby Talk Class

For parents and their babies one year and under. Topics include:

Feeding your baby, car seat safety, baby health, dental care, immunization, and parenting your baby.

Five classes focusing on development, health, and safety. Ask questions, get support, make friends.

Open to eligible ICA clients. Registration required.

Fridays, Sept 25 - Oct 23, 2015
10:00am - 11:30am

930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
Lien Tran, Settlement worker
(250) 388-4728 ext. 110 or

Weekly Settlement Orientation Sessions

Important information to help you settle in Victoria.

Week 1
Wednesday Aug 12 - Adjusting to Canadian culture

Week 2
Wednesday Aug 19 - The basics of living in Victoria

Week 3
Wednesday Aug 26 - Family and social systems

Week 4
Wednesday Sept 2 - The legal and justice system, government structures, rights and responsibilities

Week 5
Wednesday Sept 9 - Health, wellbeing and the health system 

Week 6
Wednesday Sep 16 - Employment standards, minimum wage, basics of the employer-employee relationship

Every Wednesday 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm, August 12 - September 16, 2015

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

For further information and to register, please contact
Ruth Miranda, Settlement Worker
(250) 388-4728 ext. 109 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

Employment Workshops (Job Search for Newcomers)

Week 1
Thursday August 6 - Tailoring Your Resume Effectvely (9:00am to 12:00pm)

Week 2

Tuesday August 11 -  Writing a Compelling  Cover Letter (1:30pm - 4:30pm)
Thursday August 13 - Marketing Yourself (9:00am - 12:00pm)

Week 3
Tuesday August 18 - Successful Interviews (1:30pm - 4:30pm)
Thursday August 20 - Exploring Your Career Options (9:00am - 12:00pm)

Week 4
Tuesday August 25 - Identifying Your Transferable Skills (1:30pm - 4:30pm)

Tuesdays & Thursdays, August 6 - August 25, 2015

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  

Women Helping Women

Are you in an unhealthy relationship?
Are you looking for support? 
Are you looking for somebody to talk with?

Join our Peer Support Group

Learn about healthy families and healthy relationships, and how to better understand your situation.

Talk with other women about how to prepare for your own safety and the safety of your children. 
Learn about resources in Victoria that can help you.

Open to eligible ICA clients


(Every 1st & 3rd Friday) 1:30pm – 3pm

For further information, please contact:
Balbir Thiara, Settlement Worker
(250) 388-4728 ext. 111 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