Victoria: The B.C. government has announced an increase in funding for newcomers, including international students and foreign workers. 

The Province said newcomers will soon receive enhanced support to help them thrive in their new communities.

According to the B.C. government, the Province will increase funding for settlement services from $6 million to $25.6 million annually. 

“These settlement services, delivered under the BC Settlement and Integration Services program, empower temporary residents and naturalized citizens to successfully integrate into their new communities, find meaningful employment, access education and health care, and contribute to the social fabric of their new community,” the B.C government said in a press release.  

The province said this investment will enhance support and services currently in place, improve workforce readiness for newcomers, expand outreach and build capacity in the settlement system, and support poverty reduction and homelessness prevention. 

“As an immigrant myself, I know how important it is to have access to services and supports upon arrival. Newcomers are incredibly important to our past, present and future,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Municipal Affairs. 

“The experience, skills and cultural perspectives they bring enrich the lives of everyone in B.C. When newcomers thrive, our communities become stronger. The steps we’re taking today will help ensure that newcomers receive the services they need to flourish in B.C.,” she added.  

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