Projects funded

Projects funded

2017-18 Supports for Newcomer Integration Grants

Workplace Integration

First Steps to Employment
Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative

This project provides immigrants and refugees with language and cultural supports and skills needed to access and retain a job in the hospitality industry. This project will also build capacity in the hospitality industry for employers who seek to understand the challenges of hiring people with limited English language skills and Canadian work experience and also the advantages of a diverse workforce.

Childcare Training for Low Literacy Immigrant Women
Calgary Immigrant Women's Association

This project focusses on occupational skills training for immigrant and refugee women with limited education and language skills. Successful participants will earn Childcare Development Assistant certification. Participants will learn occupation-related and employment preparation skills, gain practical work experience and transition into the Canadian workplace.

Workplace Communication for Rural Immigrants
Bow Valley College

This program assists newcomers living in rural southern Alberta. Participants access online learning materials on workplace communication and soft skills, providing details and explanations on Canadian workplace norms, soft skills and employer expectations. Each participant is matched with a mentor in their community to improve their skills and expand on the online content. Mentorship also provides a community connection for newcomers and creates a more welcoming environment.

Essential Skills Enhancement for Refugees Program
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

This program will provide refugee clients with skills, information and support to secure entry-level employment in health care, hospitality and manufacturing. The program also helps refugee clients gain financial stability and access to opportunities for long-term career growth. These objectives address the issue of economic integration and labour market attachment for refugees arriving in Calgary.

Newcomer Workplace Integration in the Disability Services Sector
Anthony & Holmes Consulting Ltd.

Three sustainable and engaging online courses focused on intercultural competence and workplace communication will be developed in partnership with employers for newcomers and Canadian-born workers in the disability services sector. These courses will offer flexibility, mitigate staff coverage issues, provide access to geographically dispersed staff, and build a cost-effective and sustainable long-term training resource.

Integrating the Essential Skills Tools into the Employment Counselling Process: Workshops and Material
Alberta Workforce Essential Skills

This project provides training for front-line workers at immigrant serving agencies who provide employment counselling for immigrant job-seekers. Workshops will help counsellors provide workplace preparation services for newcomers by increasing knowledge and understanding about their needs and the labour market. Short videos will be created to help newcomer job-seekers learn how to address common workplace challenges.

Fostering Positive Healthcare Workplaces for Newcomers in Rural Alberta
Stettler & District Community Adult Learning Council

In partnership with NorQuest College, a series of professional development workshops will be offered to employees who work in health care to build intercultural awareness, improve skill levels and English language communication for those whose first language is not English. Communication gaps between coworkers, patients and residents will be bridged through this training. In addition, the model will be shared with other Community Adult Learning Programs across Alberta to support positive community workplace practices and increase knowledge and skills related to newcomer needs, workplace communication, and cultural diversity.

Community Integration

Ongoing Support Services Red Deer
Catholic Social Services

This project provides clients with personalized needs assessments, information and orientation, supportive counselling, referral services and outreach activities such as presentations to community organizations. These services are focused on health, employment, housing, language training, legal information, financial support and immigration status concerns provided to clients who are ineligible for supports funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada such as naturalized Canadian citizens and refugee claimants.

Supports for Newcomer Integration
Edmonton Immigrant Services Association

This project provides translation services needed for foreign credential assessment as well as supportive counselling, mentoring and group support, information and orientation on community programs and services, immigration and legal issues, employment, housing, and other needs. Newcomers ineligible for supports funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, such as naturalized Canadian citizens and refugee claimants, will be linked to services and resources in the community. The project also recognizes the needs of naturalized Canadian citizen women. Job preparation, such as translation of documents and credential assessment, will be provided to facilitate entry into the labour market. In addition, the project provides volunteer opportunities which reduce translation costs, can facilitate mentorship and create community connections for participants.

Newcomer Community Integration Project
Grande Prairie Centre for Newcomers – Edmonton Immigrant Serving Association

This project supports naturalized Canadian citizens and refugee claimants in Grande Prairie and nearby rural communities who are ineligible for supports funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The project focuses on information, orientation and referrals, community connections, and after and out of school supportive programming for children and youth.

Francophone Newcomer Community Integration – Edmonton
Centre d'accueil et d'etablissement du Nord de l'Alberta

This project will provide settlement and integration services for naturalized Canadians, refugee claimants and their children who are ineligible for supports funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Services include: supportive counselling and translation; group orientation and community connection activities; in-school integration activities such as English as a second language; and, assistance with immigration applications. The project will also deliver services that assist Francophone LGTBQ newcomers who face barriers ranging from racism, homophobia, transphobia and isolation to logistical issues such as finding work, support services and safe housing. In addition, the project will increase community capacity building of Francophone ethno-cultural community organizations.

Francophone Newcomer Community Integration - Fort McMurray
Centre d'accueil et d'etablissement du Nord de l'Alberta

This project will provide settlement and integration services into the Francophone and broader community in Fort McMurray for naturalized Canadians and refugee claimants and their children who are ineligible for supports funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Services include: supportive counselling and translation; group orientation and community connection activities; in-school integration activities such as English as a second language; and assistance with immigration applications.

Enhanced Integration Services
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

This project provides services to support naturalized Canadian citizens and refugee claimants who are ineligible for supports funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and are facing significant barriers to their settlement and integration. Eligible clients will receive needs assessments; supportive counseling; information and orientation sessions; referrals; and community connections. Through these services, clients will gain access to resources, skills, connections and support to overcome the barriers they face and achieve outcomes such as financial literacy, employability and social inclusion.

Brooks Enhanced Integration Services
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

This project supports naturalized Canadian citizens and refugee claimants who are ineligible for supports funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada by providing: needs assessments; supportive counseling; information and orientation sessions; referrals; community connections; and, employment support. Clients will gain the necessary information, access to resources, skills, connections, and support to overcome these barriers and achieve financial literacy, employability and social inclusion.

Newcomer Integration Support: Integration, Pre-Employment and Cross-Cultural Parenting Services
Calgary Immigrant Women's Association

This project supports naturalized Canadian citizens and refugee claimant women and their families ineligible for supports funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Individual counselling sessions in the client’s first language will provide a needs assessment, action planning, integration, pre-employment and supportive family counselling and will be ongoing as needed. Group information workshops will also be provided. There will be an employment skills program to provide immigrant and naturalized Canadian citizen women with the skills, knowledge and connections to access the labour market. A cross-cultural parenting program will also be available to help parents cope with challenges that accompany adjusting to a new country and culture, including education on parental rights and children’s services.

Newcomer's Navigator
Taber and District Community Adult Learning Association

This project supports the newcomers who have chosen to settle in the Taber area. It provides a ‘Newcomer Navigator’ staff person in Taber to link clients to career and employment services; English language classes; volunteer opportunities; schools; and other relevant local service providers. Clients will be able to access transportation support in the absence of local public transit and overcome the barrier this presents to their ability to access the services they need to settle and integrate. A directory of services for newcomers will also be developed.

Newcomer and Learner Support Centre
Two Hills Adult Learning Council

This project provides language and cultural supports to Low German Mennonite speakers. Services include: language classes; a support centre open during evenings with access to public computers and internet; and foundational math training to facilitate entry into a general educational development apprenticeship preparation course to increase employability of clients. The centre will also provide opportunities for newcomers to build a broader social network and learn about additional services in the community.

Alberta LGBTQ+ New Canadians Project
Centre for Newcomers

This project builds on piloted joint services dedicated to LGBTQ+ newcomers by serving clients ineligible for services funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in Calgary, mainly naturalized Canadian citizens and refugee claimants. The project also provides training and support to settlement staff in other municipalities to meet the unique needs of this client group, and delivers some direct support services to LGBTQ+ clients in other municipalities.

Connecting Chinese Newcomers to Mainstream Services
ASSIST Community Services Centre

This project is a partnership between ASSIST, Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, and Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton. It will increase understanding of Chinese senior newcomers’ settlement needs to create integration pathways with the larger community. Community-based research will be conducted to learn more about the experiences of Chinese newcomer seniors, service providers, and other stakeholders. Lessons learned will inform efforts to connect Chinese newcomer seniors and those from other countries who face similar integration challenges (e.g. language barriers, social isolation, vulnerability, etc.) with mainstream services. The project includes ongoing basic settlement and integration services to meet the needs of Chinese seniors through the duration of the project.

Refugee Awareness Alberta
Centre for Race and Culture – Edmonton

This project educates Albertans about refugees, the causes of their displacement and the resettlement process. Approximately 20 workshops will be provided for frontline service providers (from sectors including education, police, housing and health) and the general public. Social media platforms will be leveraged to manage dialogue and help address misinformation about refugee resettlement.

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Modified: 2018-01-26
PID: 15828

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