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Tri-Cities News

This section features stories related to our strategic priorities and local news relevant to the Tri-Cities on immigrant inclusion.

B.C. allots record $25.6M in annual funding for newcomer services

The B.C. government is more than quadrupling funding for newcomer services from $6 million to $25.6 million per year, partnering with 30 organizations throughout the province. The increased funding, announced in March, is divided between two programs: $12.2 million for the Safe Haven program, which serves refugee claimants and asylum seekers, and $13.4 million for […]


Strategies for making progress on a delayed immigration application

Navigating Canada’s immigration system can bring exciting new opportunities but also frustrations – particularly when faced when an application stuck in processing. Delays, lack of updates and prolonged waiting are not only stressful but may result in missed job and academic opportunities, or family separation. In today’s processing landscape, delayed applications are not only common, […]


Getting PR after graduating from a master’s or PhD program as an international student

It may now be easier for students who come to Canada for a master’s or Ph.D. program to obtain permanent residence (PR). On February 15, 2024, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) enacted a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) policy that was first announced on January 22 as one of many changes coming to Canada’s international student system. This policy now means that international […]


BC PNP operational update - Skills Immigration draw timing

Effective April 30, 2024, BC PNP Skills Immigration invitations to apply will be issued to qualified registrations received before the date of the draw. New registrations received on the same day will be considered for a future draw. Targeted invitations to apply to the Skills Immigration streams may be based on one or more of […]


Expanded mental-health, addictions support coming for South Asian community

South Asian people who are struggling with mental-health or addictions challenges in greater Vancouver now have access to expanded services provided by the South Asian Community Hub Society (SACH). SACH is a primarily volunteer-run non-profit organization based in Surrey. Launched in 2020, it helps people in South Asian communities who are struggling with mental-health and […]