The IMSS of Prince George provides to the immigrants, refugees and their families Settlement and Integration Program services that will ease their initial settlement process into the community. Those services include: English Language assessment, language training (LINC), information-Orientation sessions and referrals, help finding employment that matches newcomers’ skills and education.

To help the clients integrating into Canadian society we address specific clients’ needs to overcome their settlement barriers and to fully participate in social, cultural, civic and economic life in Canada such as: employment issues, lack of official language skills, limited knowledge of Canada, education, health, resources and support. These services provide eligible clients useful and accurate information needed to make informed decisions and to understand life in Canada.

Our goal is to guide clients to discover local resources, community services and to provide knowledge on how to become more self-sufficient and able to function in the community without assistance. By helping clients become involved in community activities and interactions with Canadians, the result should lead to the community becoming an advocate for newcomer immigrants to our area and understand better the barriers newcomers face in the settlement process.

IMSS conducts regular outreach services to eligible newcomer clients settling in the neighbouring and isolated smaller communities in our region who otherwise do not have access to settlement services in their area. Also, we provide support programs for immigrant women, seniors and youth through different workshops and community activities.

Services include:
• Needs assessments and referrals
• Information and orientation
• Employment related services
• Language training and assessment
• Community connections for Women & Seniors and Youth
• Settlement workers in schools (SWIS) program
• Support services (for eligible clients)

Eligible clients:

  • Permanent Residents
  • Protected persons as defined in section 95 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA)
  • Individuals who have been selected in Canada to become permanent residents
  • Convention refugees and protected persons outside Canada who have been selected for resettlement in Canada by the Department.
  • Live-in Caregivers