As B.C. continues to settle its second wave of Syrian refugees, the Province is announcing three new programs to help them and other newcomers find work.
A total of $630,000 of provincial government money is flowing to a trio of programs that hope to help new Canadians into B.C.’s workforce.
Two-thirds of that will go to settlement group MOSAIC, for a program to train IT sector and an experimental hope-centered program that helps build job-seekers skills and confidence.
Social Development minister Michelle Stilwell says the remainder will go to the Immigrant Employment Council to study refugee employment barriers in Surrey and Abbotsford.
“Once that research is complete, they will be able to create some strategies that will then enable them to connect to employers to the refugee talent pool of the south of the Fraser.”
But it’s not new money.
The cash comes through the existing “Community Employment Partnership” under the Ministry of Social Development.