ABOUT THE PROGRAM


Our Vision Statement

To create awareness of services for newcomers and build connections and relationships across the community.

Our Goals

  • Improved access to local services

  • Better coordination of services to make the settlement and integration process easier

  • Greater ability to not only attract but retain immigrants

  • Enhanced partnerships and participation of community stakeholders

Our Work

  • Monthly Partnership Council meetings

  • Systematic approach to engage service providers and community organizations

  • Research

  • Implementation of a local settlement strategy

  • Quarterly Community Conversations involving newcomers and long term residents

  • Annual Immigrant Service Provider Network Meeting

  • Annual Public Forum to showcase research and report on action plan

  • Communication strategy for knowledge sharing and to promote our goals, activities and progress

  • Evaluation of all activities

History

In 2013 Chilliwack Community Services began delivery of the provincially funded Welcoming Communities Program. This program came to a successful conclusion in March 2014. Check out this video to see the work that was accomplished!

Efforts to build a welcoming and inclusive community in Chilliwack have continued since then under the federally funded Chilliwack Newcomer Connections. Issues important to Chilliwack’s newcomers are addressed through a variety of activities as well as implementation of a Local Settlement Strategy and action plan. 

Click here for reports on immigrant related research conducted over the past two years.