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Vancouver Island Refugee Readiness Team

Vancouver Island Refugee Response Team 2022 refugee newcomer arriving on a bus

The Vancouver Island Refugee Readiness Team (VI RRT) works to ensure that Vancouver Island communities are ready to welcome, respond to and leverage the strengths and contribution of Afghan refugees and displaced Ukrainians.

We are here to build safe, welcoming, and resilient communities where refugees and displaced Ukrainians can build their lives. We focus on four key areas: Housing, Healthcare, Employment and Education.

Funded by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, this program allows six Refugee Readiness Teams across the province to work on a coordinated approach to deliver services and create more welcoming communities. ICA began operating the current Refugee Readiness Team for Vancouver Island in 2022. This two-year initiative will come to an end on March 31, 2024.

Read the Province of British Columbia’s announcement about the Refugee Readiness Fund here.


The Refugee Readiness Team for Vancouver Island is focusing on the following four sectors:

Vancouver Island Refugee Response Team 2022 housing

RRT Housing Resources

The Vancouver Island Refugee Readiness Team addresses housing through networking with landlords, providing snapshots of the housing situation to governments and directly facilitating housing opportunities.

Vancouver Island Refugee Response Team 2022 healthcare worker

RRT Healthcare Resources

The Vancouver Island Refugee Readiness Team addresses healthcare through facilitating access in a variety of ways.

RRT Employment Resources

The Vancouver Island Refugee Readiness Team addresses employment through connecting employers, sharing employment information and facilitating connections between refugees, displaced Ukrainians and employers.

Vancouver Island Refugee Response Team 2022 education

RRT Education Resources

The Vancouver Island Refugee Readiness Team shares information on language training, facilitation integration of children in schools, and best practices for teachers and school districts in welcoming children into Greater Victoria's schools.