The Government of Canada remains committed to welcoming at least 40,000 Afghan refugees in the coming years. As of October 28th, over 3,200 Afghan refugees have arrived in Canada under the special immigration programs established in response to the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. As we know, welcoming these families to their new communities in Canada is best suited by a “whole of society approach” – one that is inclusive of the diverse skills, experiences, and perspectives of community-based organizations – including those of the network of colleges and institutes across Canada.
Join us on November 25th, 12:00 to 1:00 pm (EST), on this Special Afghan Refugee Support webinar for CICan’s members, to learn more from Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and to discuss the ways in which colleges can support the Afghan (re)settlement effort.
Colleges and Institutes have a long history of serving refugees and immigrants, offering programs and services that align with community needs and are focused on the well-being of newcomers. Many have been already involved in student sponsorship or expressed interest in helping in different ways. At the core of communities across Canada, colleges and institutes can contribute to ensuring that Afghan refugees are welcome in safe, supportive and inclusive communities, and support their educational and employment pathways.