Monday, October 31, 2016

The CFN Agricultural Program

As an addition to the Employment and Career Services programs, CFN is currently in the process of creating an employment training program for immigrants that addresses the shortfall of 26,000 employees in the Canadian agriculture market. Partnering with employers in the agriculture industry and receiving support from the MLA for Olds, we are exploring a potential partnership with Olds College to implement this program. This initiative is designed to match agricultural workers who have arrived in Canada, with suitable work here in the Calgary Area.

CBC News Radio recently talked about the importance and practicality of such an initiative to CFN CEO Anila Lee Yuen. To hear the story in its entirely simply CLICK HERE. 

The Major Minor Music Project

Music is as cultural relevant as it gets in terms of the arts here in Canada, but pricey tickets and over 18 venues often leave many unable to take in shows across the city. This simple truth was the inspiration for the Major-Minor Music Project.


Major Minor is an all-ages volunteer-fuelled music and arts event organization. By engaging participants at all levels of music production and community organizing, Major Minor fulfils its mission to foster a participatory creative culture through popular music concerts, arts programs, experiential learning and volunteer opportunities for all ages, especially young people. Major Minor’s programs are always all ages, with a focus on young people ages 14 to 24 and new Canadians.

Monthly concerts promote artistic experimentation and excellence in a professional setting, leveraging industry-standard technology to showcase music and arts. Events fuse with experiential learning opportunities and a volunteer-driven structure that engages young people and new Canadians in the arts, fosters inter-generational communication and gives constituents the skills necessary to pursue their creative and professional passions. The skills participants gain at Major Minor activate future creativity, careers and leadership within the greater creative community. Major Minor engages in the arts, develops the future of the local music industry and supports a vibrant Calgary culture.

The next show is on November 12th at Paradise Lanes on 17th Ave SE featuring Miesha and the Spanks, River Jacks, Class Action and Streetlight Saints. Music starts at 9:00 pm and for $20 you get 3 hours of black-light bowling, shoe rental, and live music.


Friday, October 28, 2016

CFN Podcast Centre - Canada's Highest Immigration Numbers in More Than a Century


Canada has had a record year in terms of immigration, with numbers higher than they have been in more than a century. With calls to further increase immigration this new record number of newcomers entering may not last 12 months. This week's Podcast talks about a wealth of numbers recently recently by Statistics Canada regarding immigration and invites you to offer your thoughts on the issues involved. To tune into the CFN Podcast Centre CLICK HERE.

Happy Diwali From CFN

On Sunday October 30th, the Festival of Lights called Diwali will be celebrated by our Hindu friends. One of the major festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil,  Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed.

Diwali, is a five-day festival celebrated by millions all over the world every fall. The festival is observed by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, with its main theme the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Also commonly referred to as the festivals of lights, houses are decorated with candles and colourful lights. The festival coincides with Hindu New year and light, seen as a metaphor for self-improvement, represents new beginnings. Each faith has its own reasons to celebrate the festival, however, for many, Diwali celebrates the legend of Lord Rama and his wife Sita returning to their kingdom in northern India from exile after defeating the demon king Ravanna in 15th century BC. Diwali also pays tribute to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and lanterns are lit to guide her into people's homes.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

One Yellow Rabbit Donates 250 Tickets to CFN

It was 1997, some 20 years ago, and I wanting to dazzle my date for the evening, bought two tickets to One Yellow Rabbit Theatre's performance of Doing Leonard Cohen. The mystical chords of my memory still swell whenever I think back to that cold February night, a night that has become, for me at least, an immortal moment in time.

Based on the profound and paradoxical poetry of the iconic Canadian writer, what made the event all the more memorable was how it began. With the intimate theatre cloaked in darkness, a bright spotlight suddenly burst onto the play’s main character.  His sudden appearance was highlighted by the fact he stood buck naked at centre stage, his hands placed proudly upon his bony hips. With a serious tone of voice, the first words that came out of his mouth were, “Just so you know… there will be some nudity in tonight’s performance.”

He then proceeded to warn the audience of the play’s mature language and themes, and, as an afterthought, its use of nudity. Divided into two acts, the first presented dozens of Cohen’s poems and the second staged a summarised version of his novel Beautiful Losers. The performance revealed the incredible poet and novelist Cohen is, as much as it revelled in his use of language. Along with its calming yet torrid movement, the surrealistic stream of free-flowing thought seized upon the sensual qualities of Cohen's finest poetic voice. And I, an arts and humanities major, in my freshman year no less, was enthralled by what I both saw and heard.

Two Decades later One Yellow Rabbit is still going strong and blazing new trails. The company harnesses the bold, adventurous spirit of our Calgary community to enrich the place we live and does so by undertaking high-calibre work in the performing arts across a wide range of projects. Their mission is to create and present vital, surprising performance experiences that engage and reward their audience. It is their belief that through artistic work – work that arouses curiosity, ignites passion, stimulates imagination and challenges expectation – individuals are inspired and communities flourish.

Thanks to the generous donation from One Yellow Rabbit Theatre, CFN clients will have the chance to take in a performance and with the Arts being no less than the executive producer of culture, both reflecting and creating the world around it,  that's pretty cool. All of us here at CFN send our heartfelt thanks to One Yellow Rabbit for their generous donation and the wonderful opportunity they have provided by doing so. We look forward to taking in a show and keep up the amazing work that you do!


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

CFN Productions - SMBYYC

Last week CFN was pleased to host Calgary Social Media Breakfast #81. A monthly event that connects community leaders with social media practitioners, the event was highlighted by a lesson in Afrikaans, some amazing food from CFN's very own EthniCity Catering and a great discussion from the panel about online authenticity. To see the Calgary Social Media Breakfast in action simply click below.

Calgary Social Media Breakfest from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

CFN Holds Bi-Annual Meeting at Fort Calgary

Yesterday CFN held its Bi-Annual Full Staff Meeting at historic Fort Calgary. The meeting updated the staff (of now more than 100) of 2017 organisational numbers to date, offered information on some exciting new initiatives, and also took the time to appreciate those staff members who have gone above and beyond. And all of us here at CFN send out a special thank you to our guest speaker Stuart Simpson of  CMCS (Community Mediation Calgary Society), who presented on the interesting topic - The English Language Paradigm of Conflict and Dispute.

Fort Calgary is a nonprofit organisation itself and most would acknowledge the important part it plays in our community's cultural landscape. What many people might not know however, is that Fort Calgary is also a hub for private functions, providing an authentic historical setting for meaningful events. From Annual general meetings, to corporate visioning sessions to weddings to rock concerts, all with full-service meeting and banquet facilities, it's among the best places in Calgary to book a function. We are proud to support Fort Calgary and thank them for their efforts here in the community. For more photos of the day's events CLICK HERE. 



Monday, October 24, 2016

CFN Joins 12 CSI

CFN very much believes the non-profit sector of Calgary is a family of caregivers, helping those who need it most, however and wherever we can. We each have our own story, our own passions and all of us here at CFN strive towards collaboration with our non-profit family. In the end we are all here to help those who need it most. The Centre for Newcomers recently joined the 12CSI (Community Safety Initiative) planning council and took a seat on its communication committee. The organization represents Crossroads, Malborough, Malborough Park, Applewood, Penbrooke, Forest Heights, Forest Lawn, Alberta Park / Radisson Heights, South View, Dover and Erin Woods and is a local crime prevention collaborative that fosters community action on the issue of crime prevention by providing support, facilitation and advocacy, thereby creating safer neighbourhoods for all who live, work and volunteer in the Twelve Communities. A truly collaborative approach that involves many local organizations and individuals, multi-faceted strategies incorporating Community Education, Community Engagement, Community Energy and Community Evaluation serve as the 12CSI engine. Above all else, 12CSI 's ultimate goal is to be sustainable and effective organization that will raise community expectations and standards of the residents in the twelve communities.

CFN is proud to join 12CSI in its mission and looks forward to contributing. As a part of our collaborative work with 12CSI and our newly formed CFN Productions, simply watch below for more information on the 12 Community Safety Initiative.

Back For More

First it was a year, then 2, then 5, then 10, then a few more. It was never my intention to leave Canada for so long, but nearly 15 years and more than 40 countries later I finally returned home in late 2013. After a brief hiatus from the world of Communications, writing, and the glorious pontification of life’s philosophical undertows, the start of 2014 produced a return to the fold.

My turn back to a blue collar life during my short, but rewarding working vacation in construction was very much needed however. I had not done physical labour for more than twenty years and grinding it out with the boys at the job site once again grounded me to my humble beginnings. It also reminded me of why people from around the world line up outside the gates of Canada for the chance at living out the human experience amongst us Canucks. While awaiting for my position to begin, I busted my hump, worked 10 hour days, until I was stiff and sore, and at the end of my first month I had enough to pay my mortgage, pay the bills, put gas in the car and put food on the table. It was good, honest and decent hard work and provides anyone willing to put in the time, with the ability to put a roof over their heads and take care of their families. This is no doubt why Canada is easily one of the best places on the planet in which to live out this thing called the human experience.

That's something us Canadians take very much for granted as many are ignorant to the fact that most of the world's population lives either in or at near poverty levels. That’s right - of the 7 billion human beings out there in our great wide world, the vast majority will never experience the simple satisfactions that come with Canadian life. On top of a simple willingness to work hard, one also gets treated with respect, has equal rights, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, free education and healthcare, and can live life, for the most part, as he or she sees fit, without fear of repercussion , and with pride and hope for the future. Most of our fellow brethren simply will never know these things. We don't think about that here in Canada much, but it's the cold hard truth of life here on our planet.

Yes, indeed... grinding it out with the boys from D&B Lumber for a few weeks and seeing the yield of my labour was good for the soul.

After first having joined Calgary's Bow Valley College and their Centre of Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement,  the end of 2014 saw me the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society. Two years later I now find myself beginning my latest chapter upon my return home working right here at the Centre For Newcomers.   Looking back at my life that was, it seems a befitting position. At the same time, I don't exactly know how I got here.

I started out in small town Alberta, on a farm out on the prairies. And then things changed. I spent nearly a decade working in the cosmopolitan melting pot of Dubai, the previous three years plus to that in Tokyo, with a short stint in Dublin mixed ic network of their slowly recognisable daily life. By profound extension, newcomers are greatly influenced by what the Canadian workplace and our learning environments both allow and embolden.
Clients can often look to us, not only for examples of what is right and wrong, but also for support, acceptance and care at a time in their lives when they are in the midst a grandiose odyssey towards purpos, place and self; and in today’s fast-paced, mechanically organic, gig-a-minute world the challenge to do so is greater than ever.

And therein lies our responsibility. I surely hope I can help them, in some small way, through their journey, these so called newcomers, into the culture that has been my own for ever so long. They are indeed worthy of my assistance. In the end, they've chosen my home to call their own and for that alone, they are deserving of both our help and hospitality. n as well, and somehow managed to pass through nearly 50 countries along the way. I have worked and or studied in North American, Asian, European and Middle Eastern Circles of Education and it was on this quest for soul and purpose that I discovered I truly love working with people to help them reach their maximum potential - and it is this that takes us back to the present.

Friday, October 21, 2016

CFN Hosts Social Media Breakfast #81

The Social Media Breakfast here in Calgary has been ongoing since November 2009. The monthly meeting of social media enthusiasts, is at a different location each month with venue sponsors providing space and speakers donating their time. Started by Scott Baird nearly 7 years ago, the event quickly grew from 20 or so participants to upwards towards 100 attendees monthly. Events continue to attract 100 + people, the steering committee has expanded to 9 members, and the brand now has 8 regular sponsors. Social media oriented guest speakers share their experience and expertise, followed by an opportunity to network with a community of like-minded individuals. SMByyc connects the local thought leaders with social media practitioners.

Hosted by the one and only Twitter Guru and Super Volunteer Donna McTaggart, today's SMBYYC venue was held right here at CFN. Following the amazing hot breakfast put out by CFN's totally awesome EthniCity Catering and a welcome from Donna and CFN CEO Anila LeeYuen, we started with an authentic conversation class as CFN's very own Irma McDonald gave the crowd on hand a great lesson in Afrikaans. This was followed by a panel discussion on social media, this month talking about separating personal from professional social media accounts and the importance of authenticity online. A big thank you to everyone for coming out and we look forward to seeing you at the next SMBYYC! For more photos of the event CLICK HERE. 



AAISA Launches Refugee Alberta

CFN has been a proud member of the Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AAISA) since its inception and all of us here would like to congratulate AAISA on the launch of their new website - www.refugeealberta.ca. The website is funded by the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and serves as a one-stop shop for refugees to access information on settling in Alberta and services to support them in their new life.

Following one of the largest resettlements of refugees in Canadian history, the website’s launch responds to a significant need across the province. Another wave of Syrian refugees is set to arrive in the province this fall. Service providers, such as our valued members, offer a variety of programs and services across Alberta.  AAISA has designed this website to help support refugees as well as to build the capacity of organizations that serve them with vital information related to their resettlement journey in Alberta.

AASIA also recognizes that in order to support the successful resettlement of refugees in Alberta, building the capacity of the organizations and community members working with refugees is vital. With that in mind, two additional aspects of the website will launch this fall - I am an Organisation is a portal that will support organizations, such as AASIA members and I Want to Help, will support community members, whether they are private sponsors, donors or prospective volunteers with information on what they can do to help.

Once again CFN offers our congratulations on a job well done and we look forward AAISA's next phase of what is an important project for the province's entire settlement sector. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Take the Cultural Awareness Quiz

Canada's demographic composition is ethnically heterogeneous, in other words our residents and citizens come from many different countries of origin and cultural backgrounds. With so much diversity in Canada, cultural awareness becomes important to each and every one of us.  For someone to respect the cultural differences of those around them, working professionals espcially must be cultural aware. This will always start with the self-awareness of our own cultural background and an understanding that our own individual way of thinking. living and learning are but one of many ways to live out the human experience.

Read the questions below about cultural awareness in Canada and select the best answer. Afterwards, download he answers to see how you scored.



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The Secret Path of a Canadian Icon

Some would argue that over the last three decades Canada and the Hip have been synonymous with one another. If one wanted to wrap themselves in a contemplative, rich and revealing cloak of Canadiana, the Tragically Hip catalogue would serve such a goal better than any other. Over these last 30 years their frontman Gord Downie has also released five solo albums. What will perhaps be his last is a grim reminder of a national disgrace, but once again his poetry is Canadian to its core.

Secret Path, released just yesterday, is a concept album that recounts the tragic death of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old indigenous boy who 50 years ago this week died of exposure and starvation along a railway track, after running from a residential school to get back to his home some 600 km away. His story is Canada’s story, as we are the sum of our parts, warts and all, and must recognise and acknowledge all that has brought us to where we are now - the good, the bad and the ugly. Doing so allows us to learn, to grow and thus venture forward with hope in our hearts.

Downie`s fascination with Wenjack’s story isn’t new. Secret Path was actually recorded prior to he being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer back in late 2013. The release was delayed while graphic novelist Jeff Lemire turned his work into a book that accompanies the album. Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire's project Secret Path, a fundraiser for The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, is not the first work of art to approach the legacy of residential schools on Turtle Island - a government initiative that saw more than 150,000 children taken from their families to be Canadianzed - but it is the one likely to reach the most people.

The Battle We Face

Working for a non-profit organization is a very distinctive experience. Rewarding and fulfilling, while frustrating and vexing, the not-for-profit world is a volatile and at times, emotional endeavour. It is widely accepted that our industry provides lower wages, limited training, and minimal resources, while spending little on marketing, promotion and infrastructure, as NFPs simply cannot be structured after the corporate business model that allows organizations to thrive. But have you ever stopped and asked yourself why? Why is this simply accepted? Why is our collective perception of the not-for-profit sector so limited?

Everything the donating public has been taught about giving is dysfunctional, says activist, fundraiser and AIDS Ride founder Dan Pallotta. He has made it his mission to transform the way society thinks about charity, giving and change. Pallotta says there's a double standard between the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Businesses are celebrated for risk-taking and focusing on financial incentive, while non-profits are sentenced to begging. This double standard, he believes, drives society's sometimes debilitating relationship with not-for-profit organizations. Too many non-profits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend - not for what they get done.

Pallotta believes the near economic starvation of our non-profits is why they are not effecting enough real change with society's social problems. Watch his extremely informative and revealing presentation below and at its end, just who we are and that battles we face become very clear.

"We have a visceral reaction to the idea that anyone would make very much money helping other people. Interesting that we don't have a visceral reaction to the notion that people would make a lot of money not helping other people."                                                                                                                                                                                                       - Dan Pallotta 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

CFN Productions Launches

Centre for Newcomers is excited to announce the official launch of CFN Productions. CFN Productions, a subsidiary department of Centre for Newcomers, seeks to raise awareness, and create opportunities for community minded perspective, helping to empower achievement and potential. Our mission is to produce and distribute unique content while converging with the newly forming narrative of diversity of today’s modern world.

CFN Productions promotes global citizenry through the respect, awareness, and recognition of the multiplicity of perspective. Specificity over stereotypes, tolerance over dogmatism, and justice over bigotry - we are about the deconstruction of ethnocentrism, and its dangerous tendency to compartmentalise and diminish. There are many paths and not only one, and the values and beliefs of any single culture will never be universal. That said, when the colourful mosaic of our community is woven into a single cloth, it will always represent the singular notion of what being Canadian truly means. The reality is our hard drives are bombarded with massive uploads of over-simplified, dogmatic, information on a near daily basis. We are systematically programmed to believe what we believe and all too often, leave the act of discovery behind. Whether it be ethnicity or gender, age or sexual orientation, physical or mental disabilities, the deconstruction of the stereotypes that often accompany such labels is our ultimate goal.

In the end, CFN Productions, provides our diverse community with a platform to engage, create and explore and we hope that you join us on this journey of discovery. Every life is a story, with many chapters in each. Tell us yours.

CFN to Participate in YYC Welcoming & Employment Fair II

Back in June The YYC Welcoming and Employment Fair was held at the Calgary Stampede Park with over 900 people attending. The intent was to showcase many of the services available to support newcomers in the Calgary area as well as employment opportunities for those with lower levels of English and lower levels of education.

The YYC Welcoming and Employment Fair II is now scheduled to be held on October 26th at the Red and White Club/McMahon Stadium at the University of Calgary.  This time with a focus on newcomers to Calgary with higher skills/higher English speaking ability, limited work experience in Canada, and who have arrived over the last five years. A particular focus of this event will be on the Industry Associations and Professional Certification Bodies who will have information booths and can speak on industry/sector and the process to become certified in their specific profession. The various social service agencies that work with newcomers will also have information booths highlighting their services.

Getting to know the market and making connections is really the challenge for a lot of people seeking work. An event like this gives that opportunity and helps get newcomers moving on their way to success. CFN is happy to take part and looks forward to seeing you there! 

Monday, October 17, 2016

CFN Multicultural Peer Mentorship For Professionals

The Centre for Newcomers' Multicultural Peer Mentorship for Professionals is 4-month program that matches mentors working as professionals in their industry in Canada with mentees who are professionals striving to find employment in their fields. Our mentors find fulfilment in being able to help and support fellow members of our community and further develop leadership and facilitation skills. In turn. mentees are equipped with the information, skills and networks necessary to find employment in their fields, through sharing mentor’s expertise & knowledge of the Canadian workplace culture. Whether it be individual, professionally situated,  1 on 1 based or community, culturally and professionally situated group based, the program has something for everyone.

This passed Friday, CFN held its orientation session for its latest group of mentors and mentees, launching our latest 4 month cycle in the process.  For more information on this program visit our website or give us a call at 403 569 3325 and for more pictures of the event simply CLICK HERE.


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Centre for Newcomers Showcases Success Stories

A Calgary community organization is celebrating World Refugee Day by drawing attention to the positive contributions that refugees have made to Canadian society over the decades.

"We wanted to be able to talk about ... all the wonderful things that refugees have been able to bring to our country ... even after having gone through such strife," said Anila Lee Yuen, CEO of the Centre for Newcomers.

Lee Yuen said refugees have made positive economic, social and cultural contributions to Canada over the years, and have even become key decision makers at a national level.
Sisters make '19 Days' documentary about refugees 1st days in Calgary
For example, Canada's current Minister for Democratic Institutions, Maryam Monsef, came to Canada as a refugee from Afghanistan, Lee Yuen said.

Volunteers Step Up

This year, Lee Yuen said the Centre for Newcomers has seen a growth spurt in volunteers, mainly in response to the situation in Syria.

She said 566 volunteers donated more than 11,000 hours of their time this year.

"If we calculated that using the living wage, that's close to a $250,000 of in-kind services that volunteers in our community have provided to assist us.

"I think that shows a much better picture in terms of our community integration," Lee Yuen said.
Each year, the Centre for Newcomers helps more than 10,000 newcomers get settled in Calgary. Roughly 20 per cent of those are refugees from around the world.

Tonight, the organization is hosting an event to share success stories, celebrate accomplishments, and encourage a deeper discussion of the realities faced by refugees upon their arrival.
Alberta's Minister of Tourism and Culture Ricardo Miranda, officials from the Aga Khan Foundation, and several resettled refugees will speak at the event, which takes place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Marlborough Community Association.

Friday, October 14, 2016

South Asians on Election Ballots in Record Numbers

Dozens of headlines around the world about the victory of Justin Trudeau's Liberals gushed over his "super hot" looks, but media in India celebrated something completely different — the record number of Indo-Canadians elected to Parliament.Justin Trudeau: 'I will be the prime minister of all Canadians'Election 2015: Courting the votes of new CanadiansCanada's 42nd election ushered in the highest number of candidates of South Asian descent in Calgary — 19 in total and 15 of them Liberals, including Darshan Kang in the Calgary Skyview riding. More than 42 candidates of all political stripes ran across the country.

Anila Lee Yuen, a community volunteer and political organizer, watched the election enthusiasm of the South Asian community and with her family.

An uncle had arrived in 1963. Her parents, who were born in India, both immigrated to Canada in the 1970s. They would get married and settle in Calgary.

Yuen says her mother was thrilled about Trudeau's win and if her father was alive, he would be too.
"They were over the moon; they're old-school Trudeau Liberals."

The enthusiasm about politics stem from a couple of factors, like the first wave of Indo-Canadian immigrants coming to Canada when Pierre Trudeau was prime minister from 1968 to 1979.
Issues motivated people

The divisiveness of the election over a number of issues sparked even more interest in the election, Yuen says. At the same time, there seemed to be new and renewed support for the Liberals and Trudeau.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Career Planning @ CFN Tailored to Your Needs



Do you have questions about how to find work in your occupation, or what training program to take?
Are you wondering what job you qualify for in Calgary?
Career Development and Job Search Services can help you reach your employment goal.

What does the service offer?

Personalized assistance from a Career Development Practitioner, who will help you to clarify and work towards your career goals

Job search and career development workshops

A Job Search Centre equipped with job board, online job search sites, workspace, computers, phone, fax, and a career and job search library. An Advisor is always available to answer any questions

Assistance in English and other languages
How will you benefit?

Understand the Canadian job market and learn to manage workplace expectations
Explore whether you need further training to meet your employment goal
Understand how and where to find job opportunities
Present your qualifications in a manner that is appealing to Canadian employers.
Develop appropriate job search tools - including a professional resume and cover letter - and skills, including networking and interviewing.

Do you qualify?
Legally entitled to work in Canada
Unemployed or underemployed and looking for a job or training

Please call 403.569.33.25 to book an appointment with a Career Practitioner.

Drop in to use the Job Search Centre.

• Must book an appointment with a Career Practitioner •  English workshops - 2 nd and 3rd week of every month: Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm • Cover Letters and Resume Writing Techniques – First and last Wednesday of every month from 9am to 4:00pm • First language workshops - select days and time (please see a Career Practitioner for the weekly schedule) 

Understanding Refugee Status


The Centre for Newcomers provides support to both Government Assisted Refugees and Privately Sponsored Refugees once they arrive in Canada.

Government-Assisted Refugees - cannot apply directly to Canada, they must be referred for resettlement by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) or another referral organization.  Refugees need to be selected by the Government of Canada. Resettlement in Canada is entirely supported by the Government of Canada. Government Sponsored Refugees receive support for up to one year from the date they arrive in Canada, or until they are able to support themselves, whichever happens first. This support is delivered by non-governmental agencies such as the Centre for Newcomers.

Privately Sponsored Refugees - are supported by a group that is responsible to provide financial and emotional support for the refugees for the duration of the sponsorship. They do not receive financial support from the Government of Canada.  Sponsors fully finance all help for housing, clothing and food. Most sponsorships last for one year, but some refugees may be eligible for assistance from their sponsors for up to three years.

All refugees, both government and privately sponsored, must go through a security screening to qualify for entry to Canada and must pass medical and security checks before they arrive.