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If you are an immigrant or refugee to BC, you may be eligible for services from our immigrant-serving agency. ICA’s Immigrant Welcome Centre services address the special needs of newcomers, providing tools to facilitate adjustment to a new life in our community.

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The ICA Settlement Program provides services to immigrants, refugees, and refugee claimants in the Capital Region. We value settlement services which are inclusive, respectful, and empower immigrants and refugees.

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

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ICA offers an opportunity for young people to build community and social networks. A great opportunity to meet new people to share laughs and food and engage in many diverse activities.

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A comprehensive range of employment services is available at ICA under the new Employment Program of B.C. In addition to job search support and assistance for eligible clients, a variety of workshops are held throughout the year.

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We provide translation of documents such as birth, marriage and divorce certificates, educational documents and diplomas. Intrepretation and translation services are available at regular rate Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm, and Friday, 9am to 4pm.

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Find additional community resources to help you with settlement, employment and immigration, as well as other community service organizations in the capital region.

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Designed for adult newcomers who are eligible for LINC (Language Instructions for Newcomers to Canada) and provides English language training for beginners to advanced levels. LINC is government-funded and free for students.

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Mentoring Services connects internationally trained professionals with qualified local mentors to help guide newcomers to Canada along their career development path. It allows for a safe environment for immigrant professionals to explore the local labour market.

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Read inspiring immigrant stories of their challenges getting to Canada, coping with the change in the first few months, services they found helpful, as well as their success years later.

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“Getting work in Victoria has changed my life. I now have a job and a place to call home… I don’t think I would be this successful in my life without the support of ICA.” - Penelope, ICA Client
“The focus group created a unique opportunity for newcomers and community members to come together for a meaningful exchange. Newcomers were able share their stories and settlement struggles with the wider community and together we identified some unique newcomer needs and gaps in services and resources. Every opportunity to bring stakeholders together to share and gather information helps inform and strengthen the work of the Here! Team, the CPN, and the LIP.” - Fiona Bramble, founding editor of Here! Magazine
“My English Class at ICA was a great experience of learning language, culture, and Canadian values.” - LINC student
We Speak Translate: Google Translate and ICA partner to launch new project  enhancing immigrant and refugee inclusion

We Speak Translate: Google Translate and ICA partner to launch new project enhancing immigrant and refugee inclusion

Submitted by Kate Longpre, Community Integration Coordinator Google Translate and the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) have partnered to launch the first.. Read More →
Youth Update: Saying farewell to some programs and welcoming others

Youth Update: Saying farewell to some programs and welcoming others

Submitted by Lennard Fruehling, Youth and Family Support Services Coordinator Spring has arrived in the Youth Department and with that we are wrapping.. Read More →
Greater Victoria Local Immigration Partnership (GVLIP) launches new logo and Community Challenge Paper

Greater Victoria Local Immigration Partnership (GVLIP) launches new logo and Community Challenge Paper

Submitted by Steven Lorenzo Baileys, Community Development Coordinator In late March 2017, the Greater Victoria Local Immigration Partnership (GVLIP) recently unveiled its new.. Read More →