Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria

Social Service

About

For more than 50 years, the Inter-Cultural Association (ICA) has supported the full integration of newcomer immigrants and resettled refugees into the social, economic and civic life of the Capital Region of British Columbia.

Helping Newcomers

Newcomers make our communities stronger: economically, culturally and socially. To ensure their success, ICA plays a critical role in helping immigrants get a positive start on their new lives in Canada by providing the services and resources they need to thrive.

Our organization takes a holistic approach to helping set up newcomers for success. We are honoured and proud to have helped more than 100,000 individuals and families as they transition to a new life in Canada.

Making a Difference

ICA makes a difference in the lives of newcomers through multiple programs that help them find housing and employment, navigate the health care system, learn English, and support students in their new schools. We help immigrants form community bonds and friendships that reduce isolation and foster positive connections. Serving more than 2,000 newcomers annually, ICA’s work ranges from guiding immigrant entrepreneurs as they create small businesses, to supporting vulnerable newcomers by helping them increase their skills and confidence to become healthy, contributing members of our community.

Our Philosophy

At ICA, we believe no one who joins our community should ever feel vulnerable or alone. In partnership with more than 600 community partners and generous donors and volunteers, ICA serves as a helping hand, a listening ear, and a tireless advocate for immigrants and refugees. Through our efforts, Greater Victoria grows stronger as an accepting, vibrant and diverse community. By empowering newcomers to share their skills and talents they bring to Canada, ICA will continue to have a positive impact on the community for years to come.

Our Impact

Over the past year, ICA has supported thousands of newcomers to Greater Victoria. Here are a few examples of the support we provide:

  • 600 students enrolled in English language classes
  • 12,000 direct client services including assessments, orientations, employment services, skills training and workshops
  • 500 students and parents receive support in the schools through ICA’s Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) program
  • 200+ displaced Ukrainians welcomed and assisted since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine

Each year, ICA works with more than 2,000 newcomers to help them learn English, find housing and employment, and access healthcare is critical to them becoming fully engaged members of the community each year.

 

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Legal Name

Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria

Charity Number

107509838RR0001

How your gift will be used

Gifts to ICA will be used to deepen and expand support services to resettled refugees and immigrants as well as strengthen community engagement programs that support the creation of a more welcoming community. Improved services include anti-racism training, support for those experiencing domestic violence, support for children and youth, expanded programming for LGBTQ+ newcomers.

As the largest settlement agency on Vancouver Island, ICA is poised to meet the growing numbers of newcomers coming to the region. In addition, ICA is a regional and national leader advocating for strong policies that ensure newcomers to Canada are able to thrive.

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