B.C. government invests $630,000 to help immigrants, refugees find work

December 7, 2016

By Tara Carman, Vancouver Sun |

The B.C. government on Tuesday announced more than $630,000 to help immigrants, including refugees, find work faster.

Most of the money will fund two programs run by the Vancouver-based immigrant services agency MOSAIC. One will give 28 immigrant job seekers paid training as information systems analysts in Delta. They will also receive classroom training. The other is a “hope-centred” approach to help refugees in their search for work, which will assist two groups of 15 refugees. One will be conducted in English and another in Arabic. MOSAIC will receive $443,000 for the two projects.

The other project the B.C. government is funding will focus on developing job opportunities for refugees in Surrey and Abbotsford. The Immigrant Employment Council of B.C. will receive $186,000 to document the skill profiles of refugees in those cities and identify barriers faced by employers in hiring refugees. The goal is to produce a report on how to connect employers with the refugee talent pool in the region.

The projects will be funded through the B.C. Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation.

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