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Expanding multi-language support, services for newcomers

April 1, 2024

Newcomers to British Columbia will have more help getting started in their new communities with expanded services and a new online multi-language information hub.

“As an immigrant myself, I can relate to the unique challenges that newcomers face when they are starting out in a new community,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “My ministry is listening and we understand the need for more supportive services. We took action and quadrupled the annual funding to $25.6 million, the largest investment in newcomer services in our province’s history, so more people can get more comprehensive support when they come to British Columbia.”

Starting Monday, April 1, 2024, a new and expanded newcomer-services program will increase support for people to settle into their new communities, practise their English and find work. The new Safe Haven program will offer refugee claimants and others in vulnerable situations specialized services, such as trauma counselling, help finding housing and English-language instruction.