Safe Harbour Program
Safe Harbour: Respect for All is about a vision in action: creating opportunities for businesses, institutions, agencies, and municipalities to celebrate our differences, helping to create safer, more welcoming communities that support diversity and reject discrimination.
Welcome to the Advantage Diversity site, an initiative of AMSSA-the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC.
Government, Human Rights ands Service Agencies WebsitesAffiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service
AMSSA is an affiliation of over 75 multicultural agencies providing immigrant settlement and multicultural services in communities throughout British Columbia. AMSSA creates networking opportunities, disseminate information, provide professional development and build organizational capacities for our members. AMSSA champions the promotion of multiculturalism, diversity, multicultural health and human rights.
Welcome BC is a no-nonsense, one-stop website for newcomers, the agencies that serve them, and the communities they select as home. If you haven't arrived here yet, or are looking for ways to join us, this website can help you too. Anyone thinking of living, working, studying or investing in B.C. can find what they need from this reliable provincial government website.
Citizenship Immigration Canada
Citizenship and Immigration Canada is the federal government ministry responsible for setting national policy on immigration, refugee assistance, sponsorships and claims, temporary residence, permanent residence and citizenship, immigrant settlement, and multiculturalism
Launched in 2009, EmbraceBC provides resources and tools that help citizens of British Columbia further understand the importance of diversity and increase their level of community engagement around multiculturalism and anti-racism. Many of these resources can be ordered for free. Additionally, EmbraceBC provides funding opportunities for community-based anti-racism and multiculturalism projects through six program elements: Arts Engagement, Community Dialogues, Inclusive Leadership, Interfaith Bridging, Organizing Against Racism and Hate, and Public Education. Since 2009, EmbraceBC has funded over 85 projects, engaging more than 12,000 participants across British Columbia.
Canadian Human rights Commission
The Canadian Human Rights Commissions (CHRC) offers protection against discrimination and harassment under the Canadian Human Rights Act. The CHRC website provide an overview of human rights obligations and protections, how to file a complaint, resources, links, etc.
Immigrants and Refugees Health
ACTNow BC Healthy Eating for Seniors
A handbook on nutrition for older adults. It has been developed to be an interesting, informative and useful resource for seniors age 65 and over from across British Columbia and Canada. Available in English, Chinese and Punjabi.
Towards a Healthy Multicultural British Columbia
This website has been created to provide information on healthy living to multicultural and immigrant communities in BC. You will find information and activities that are both easy to understand and fun. Topics include Healthy Eating, Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities and Healthy Minds.
Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide
Health Resource guide that has been translated by Health Canada into 10 different languages in addition to English and French.
Immigrant Settlement and IntegrationVivre en Colombie Britannique
Francophone Immigration to BC web portal provides immigration and settlement information in French and contains information specific to the needs of Francophone immigrants.
Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society of Prince George (IMSS)
IMSS was founded in 1979 as anon-profit society designed to deliver services and supports to newly arrived immigrants and refugees in Prince George. Since then, the organization gas evolved into a multifaceted agency offering employment counselling, computer training, ESL classes, settlement support to immigrants and refugees as well as race relations support to Canadians in general.
Funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), Integration-Net is a communications, information and research tool to support the work of the Canadian settlement community. It also provides a means to develop both a national and international exchange of information and ideas about best practices on integration strategies and programs in order to share and learn from the experience of others. The Centre for International Migration and Settlement Studies, Carleton University, hosts and manages the site.
Website developed with professional development information for frontline settlement service providers, including information on assisting clients, sector issues, and research.
Immigrant Employment Council of BC
The IEBC is working with British Columbia's business community to encourage the growth of employment opportunities for immigrants.
Government of BC website with information on career planning and training, labour market information, and links to employment service providers across the province.
Working in Canada
An online tool for skilled immigrants to help them decide where they would like to live and work in Canada based on job opportunities for specific occupations, wages, and language training available in different communities.
Research and Education
BC Stats is a provincial government agency that produces and interprets statistical information relating to all facets of life in British Columbia, including the demographic, social and economic conditions of the province and its population.
Statistics Canada is the federal government agency that compiles, analyses and disseminates statistical information on life in Canada, including demographics, social trends, economic conditions, etc.
Canadian Race Relations Foundation
Canada's leading agency dedicated to the elimination of racism in the country.
BC Government program to encourage multiculturalism and combat racism. Provides funding to BC communities and organizations to support inclusion, embrace difference and celebrate diversity.
Metropolis British Columbia was an active research centre for 17 years, from 1996 to 2013. This website preserves the main contributions of MBC and its content is now frozen. It provides a lasting public record of a very productive period of research on immigrant settlement and integration in Canada.
Multiculturalism and Diversity Publications
Canadian Newcomer Magazine
An national online publication that features tools and resources both for newcomers to Canada and for community agencies, businesses, and institutions that want to become more effective at reaching out to and welcoming newcomers into their communities.
Canadian Immigrant is a national print and online magazine reporting on news, issues, policies, programs and services of relevance to immigrants.
A Canadian Multicultural Awareness Magazine focusing on Art, Culture, Heritage
Diversity in the Workplace!
Canada's only online publication dealing with diversity in the workplace. Includes a section devoted to diversity strategies that have been proven to work.
The Diversity Reporter is a free, multi-lingual, bi-weekly newspaper aimed at connecting communities in Canada including Victoria, BC.
BC Black History Learning Centre
The BC Black History Awareness Society (BCBHAS) educates and informs residents about British Columbia's Black history. This web site will inspire you to learn more about Black history in British Columbia.
Building Futures in Canada
The Building Futures in Canada web site provides assistance to individuals who are considering Canada as a destination, are planning to come to Canada, or have recently arrived in Canada. The site includes video vignettes that profile the stories of 23 former immigrants to Canada who talk about why they chose Canada, where they decided to settle, the challenges they faced, the sources of help they received, and so on. Viewing these vignettes will enable you not only to hear the experiences of these individuals but to learn what life is like in various communities across Canada.
BC People- Portraits of Diversity in BC
British Columbia is home to more than four million people. Almost 30 per cent of them emigrated from another country in their lifetimes. One quarter are visible minorities. And five per cent identify as Aboriginal. The most ethnically diverse province in Canada, BC welcomes nearly 40,000 new immigrants every year. BC People is a unique storytelling project that showcases BC’s cultural, racial and ethnic diversity. Explore the website to meet the real people of BC, profiled in a book, series of podcasts and short multimedia film.
Prepare For Canada
A comprehensive website for immigrants who are preparing to come to Canada.