Mission Community Services Society Receives WelcomeBC Funds

By February 18, 2013Mission News

Submitted. The Mission Community Services Society is receiving $133,000 in WelcomeBC funds as part of the Welcoming Communities Program (WCP) within the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training.

The funding will be used for local settlement services to support the integration of immigrants in B.C.

Why This Matters:

· Across British Columbia, service providers in 51 communities are receiving Welcoming Communities Program funds totalling more than $8.5 million.

· The WCP funds projects that build welcoming and inclusive communities through diverse partnerships that include business, local government, post-secondary institutions and community sectors.

· A community’s ability to receive immigrants is a critical factor in successful integration, which is integral to addressing B.C.’s labour market and demographic challenges over the next decade.

“The Mission Community Services Society has been providing much needed services to Mission families for over 40 years. The $133,000 in Welcome BC funding will help the society to continue their supportive work for families in the Mission area.” – Marc Dalton, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission

Additional Information:

· WelcomeBC is the province’s strategic immigration framework.

· Established in 2007, the framework helps immigrants moving to new communities in B.C. access programs and services under one umbrella.

· Funding is provided by the Government of Canada through the Agreement for Canada-British Columbia Co-operation on Immigration.

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