Community Service Resources
The Community Partnership Network was formed around a recognized need to develop a greater understanding and closer connections on issues and services related to immigrant integration. These resources provide an overview of publicly supported immigrant settlement and integration programs in Greater Victoria.
Immigrant Settlement Services
ICA offers a range of services for immigrants, including: professional mentorships, beginner to intermediate English classes, settlement services in 20 languages, translation services, virtual host volunteers, and social groups. Two other community services also provide immigrant settlement services in Greater Victoria. They are:
Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS), Settlement Services for Newcomers.
VIRCS multicultural staff delivers a wide range of services to immigrants, refugees, new Canadian citizens, and visible minorities. Programs and services include orientation to living in Victoria, service referrals, cultural bridging, English, job search and other learning workshops to support a variety of immigrants’ needs.
English Language & Skills Enhancement Programs
ICA offers government-funded English language training from Beginners to Advanced levels for adult newcomers. The LINC program provides practical English and information about life in Canada. Other English and skill development services include:
Camosun College, School of Access
Camosun College is the largest provider of English as a Second Language (ESL) training for B.C. immigrants outside the Lower Mainland; with approximately 600 full or part-time enrolments annually. ESL courses are offered in three streams: general intermediate ESL, academic preparation, and career and professional stream.
Greater Victoria Public Library, Multicultural Services
The Library offers a collection of music, films, magazines, newspapers and books in 14 languages. Online newspapers and magazines are also available from 55 countries in 33 languages. In addition, the Library website includes immigrant settlement guides and a citizenship practice test.
Greater Victoria School District, ESL Services.
English as a Second Language is offered in all schools to Canadian residents whose English language skills need improvement in order to be academically successful. Students may be funded to receive additional ESL instruction to a maximum of 5 years.
READ Society, Workplace Learning Program
Customized services may include blending basic skills education with on-the-job training through one-on-one teaching, on-site short courses and individual learning plans. A workplace learning program can help improve employees’ basic skills in reading, writing, mathematics, computer skills and English as a second language.
Creating Welcoming Workplaces
ICA and Volunteer Victoria are offering customized Diversity Training Workshops with a focus on developing culturally welcoming communities and businesses.
For more information on the Diversity Workshop for community service organizations, please contact Steven Lorenzo Baileys at 250-388-4728 ext 116 or firstname.lastname@example.org.