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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.

Weekly Settlement Orientation Sessions

Important information to help you settle in Victoria.

Week 1
Wednesday May 13 - Adjusting to Canadian culture

Week 2
Wednesday May 20 - The basics of living in Victoria

Week 3
Wednesday May 27 - Family and Social systems

Week 4
Wednesday June 3 - The legal and justice system, government structures, rights and responsibilities

Week 5
Wednesday June 10 - Health, wellbeing and the health system 

Week 6
Wednesday June 17 - Employment standards, minimum wage, basics of the employer-employee relationship

Every Wednesday 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm, May 13 - June 17, 2015

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

For further information and to register, please contact
Bo Min Kang, Settlement Worker
(250) 388-4728 ext. 135 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
Tuesday July 7 - Computer Workshop: Microsoft Word Basics (3:00pm to 6:00pm - Resource Centre)
Thursday July 9 - Dressing for Employment Success (9:00am - 12:00pm)

Week 2
Tuesday July 14 -  Tailoring your Resume Effectively (1:30pm - 4:30pm)
Thursday July 16 - Writing a Compelling Cover Letter (9:00am - 12:00pm)

Week 3
Tuesday July 21 - Social Media and Networking (1:30pm - 4:30pm)
Thursday July 23 - Successful Interviews (9:00am - 12:00pm)

Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 7 - July 23, 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

Welcome Playgroup

Fridays  9:00am – 11:00am / ongoing
Come to play, learn, meet new people and make friends !
This free drop-in playgroup offers a welcoming environment that will help immigrant families (5 years or less in Canada) with children (0-5 years of age) to make friends and laugh together. Registration is required.                            

Where: At the Family Centre at James Bay Community Project
547 Michigan St. Victoria
Hosted by the James Bay Community Project  •
In collaboration with the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria

For further information, please contact: Bo Min Kang, Settlement Worker (250) 388-4728 ext. 135 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