Each local, provincial and federal governments provide resources for newcomers. Information provided can affect both the sponsorship group and the refugee family. We hope you find this useful to supporting newcomer families.


Local

Strong Start - Cowichan Valley, Nanaimo, Comox Valley, Campbell River.
A free, drop-in program for parents and their children, Strong Start is a great way for families to connect to other families within the community.

Recreation and Exploration
Parks not only provide a wide open space for families to exercise and play, but they provide a space to connect with other families within their community. The Northern Island is full of trails, parks and beautiful sites that will allow newcomer families to become more familiar with their new home.


Provincial

BC Refugee Hub
A great site providing all the links and information related to provincial mandates and information pertaining to refugee newcomers. Success stories of integration, multi-lingual documents, and many more are included on this site. Ideal for understanding what is happening within our province of BC.

Welcome BC
The Provincial Government of BC has created documents, videos and resources in multiple languages to help support newcomer settlement. While most of the information is related to Government Sponsored Refugees (not privately sponsored refugees as we are), there is still helpful information for you and newcomer families.


Federal

Newcomer Refugees in Canada
The Government of Canada is updating and reforming processes for refugee and newcomer integration. This site will give you information on what the federal government is doing to welcome and accept newcomers.

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
Newcomer families, regardless of income, are still required to file taxes. The CRA has created a webpage specifically for newcomers. It is important to utilize their information to ensure newcomer families file appropriately.

Sponsorship Agreement Holders in Canada
If you’d like to connect with other Sponsorship Agreement Holders in Canada, this link provides the full list of organizations, like ours, that coordinate, support and enable private refugee sponsorship.