RICHMOND– The Refugee Response Team operated by MOSAIC that is helping refugees settle in Metro Vancouver, including Richmond, will be receiving $95,162– its second allocation of funding from the Refugee Readiness Fund.
Funding has been provided in two instalments with the first portion delivered in the spring and the remainder now based on updated settlement numbers. Supported by the initial $107,655 through the $1 million Refugee Readiness Fund, the Refugee Response Team in Metro Vancouver will identify and prioritize short-term community needs to support a coordinated approach to helping refugees. Examples of the Team’s work include providing links with employers or other labour market opportunities and coordinating community supports.
Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap
“These newcomers have come a long way and we need to help them get back to everyday life and feel at home again. Providing them with a local contact that can help them is what MOSAIC is so good at doing, and they have our full support.”
The teams have representatives from the refugee service provider community: settlement organizations, private sponsors, churches, educators, health care providers and employers. The Ministry is continuing to engage with settlement communities across the Province to ensure they have the capacity to support any current and incoming refugees.
In addition to the $1 million Refugee Readiness Fund, the province funds a number of programs for all newcomers, including:
$1.5 million through the Canada-BC Job Grant to help get refugees job training and match them with employers;
$4 million for services for newcomers not eligible for federal services, such as:
Orientation and community connections;
Formal and informal language training and practice; and
Trauma counselling for refugee claimants.
Every refugee student who enrolls in a B.C. public school will be funded from the Province’s pupil funding formula.
Like all British Columbians, refugees have access to medical, employment and other government services.