ANC Newsletter - Winter 2018
New Satellite Offices Across Newfoundland
and Labrador
To support the growing number of newcomers arriving throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, the ANC has opened Satellite Offices in Corner Brook, Labrador City, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and Grand Falls-Windsor.

The offices will help facilitate the successful inclusion, integration, and retention of newcomers by providing them with access to key settlement supports across the province. For Corner Brook, newcomers will also be able to avail of on-site ESL training.

Newcomers and other stakeholders will be able to access an array of supports, including general settlement/orientation supports (e.g., Needs Assessments, Settlement Planning, Community Bridging and Connections, etc.), as well as referrals to internal and external programs designed to support newcomer integration.

Services will also be available to help support:
  • Co-Sponsor Groups and their private sponsorship efforts to bring refugees to the province, including assistance during the one-year settlement period
  • Designated Employers and Endorsed Employees under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP)

For more information, please contact:
Corner Brook
  • Phone: (709) 634-2656
  • Email:

Happy Valley-Goose Bay
  • Phone: (709) 896-8787
  • Email:
Grand Falls-Windsor
  • Phone: (709) 489-0235
  • Email:

Labrador City
  • Phone: (709) 944-7775
  • Email:
Initiatives Announced to Support Immigrants in the Province
In addition to supporting the ANC's Satellite Offices, the Provincial Government recently announced a number of initiatives aimed at the newcomer population across the province.

Check out the links below for more information:
"Home is Where the Heart Feels" Photo Exhibit
From December 11 to January 6, the ANC showcased photos from its “Home is Where the Heart Feels” Photo Exhibit at Jumping Bean Coffee on Elizabeth Avenue. The photos were originally displayed at St. John’s City Hall in honour of World Refugee Day in June 2017.
The ANC is seeking the following Welcome Kit items for newly-arrived refugees:

Men’s/Women’s Deodorant
Female Hygiene Products (Preferably Pads) 

Donations can be dropped off at the Main Office at
144 Military Road.
Client Christmas Party
On behalf of the Board, clients, and staff of the Association for New Canadians, we would like to extend our sincere st thanks to  Rotary St. John's East  for s upporting the ANC's Annual Client Christmas Party.

Thanks to their kindness and generosity, over 150 newly-arrived refugee adults and children were treated to a wonderful holiday party, complete with gifts, a festive feast, and a visit from Santa.
Canada 150 Community Award
As part of the Canada 150 celebrations, M.P. Nick Whalen recognized a selection of outstanding community members in the riding of St. John’s East with Canada 150 Community Awards.

The Association would like to congratulate members of the Refugee Health Clinic (including the ANC’s Public Health Nurse, Barbara Albrechtsons and Pauline Duke, Lead Physician, Refugee Health Clinic), who were presented with an award in recognition of their dedication and commitment to serving Government-Assisted and Privately-Sponsored Refugees arriving in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The ANC is seeking interpreters for Swahili, Kiswahili, and Kirundi. For information or to sign-up, please call
(709) 722-9680 or email  
Government-Assisted Refugee (GAR) Update
During 2017, the ANC helped welcome and resettle 178 GARs arriving in Newfoundland and Labrador, including 80 from Syria.
Volunteer with the ANC
The Association is seeking volunteers to support the following programs:
After-School Program

Volunteers provide assistance for at least one hour per week during the following times:
  • Mondays from 2:30-4:00 and 3:00-4:00
  • Tuesdays from: 2:30-3:30 and 5:00-7:00
  • Wednesdays from: 3:00-4:00
  • Thursdays from: 2:30-4:00

This Program is delivered at 5 schools in the St. John's area and provides homework support to newcomer children in a group environment as well as the opportunity to participate in a variety of recreational and social activities. Volunteers assist by:  
  • Aiding children with homework, assignments, and projects;
  • Participating in group activities; and/or,
  • Helping with event logistics (setting up, etc.). 
Seniors Group (55+)

This program is designed to provide newcomer seniors with programming to help support their settlement, integration, and inclusion while also providing them with opportunities to develop their communication skills, as well as improve their confidence and self-esteem. Volunteers assist by:
  • Facilitating conversations with participants;
  • Participating in group activities;
  • Asking questions and sharing information; and, 
  • Assisting participants with vocabulary and pronunciation.
ESL Conversation Circle Program

The ESL Conversation Circle Program provides ESL learners with the opportunity to engage with native English speakers on a variety of topics in a friendly, relaxed environment. Volunteers assist by:
  • Facilitating a conversation with 1-3 students;
  • Asking questions and sharing information; and, 
  • Assisting students with vocabulary and pronunciation.
To apply for, or to learn about, these rewarding and engaging opportunities, please contact Kelly at (709) 722-9680 or
Programs and Services for Newcomers
CELPIP and CAEL Assessments – The ANC is registered with Paragon Testing Enterprises as an Official Testing Centre for the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) and Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessments. For more information, please contact Marlene at (709) 726-6848 or
ESL Evening Classes – The ANC is offering Evening English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes at its ESL Training Centre in St. John's - every Tuesday from 7-9 pm. The classes are available in 3 different levels: Beginner/ Intermediate, Advanced, and Pronunciation. For more information, please contact Marlene at (709) 726-6848 or
LINC Home Study Program – This distance ESL program is offered to eligible newcomers who wish to improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English. For more information, check out the brochure HERE or contact Marlene at (709) 726-6848 or
Outreach ESL Tutor Program – Are you a Permanent Resident, Canadian Citizen, or Provincial Nominee living outside the St. John’s area looking for ESL training? Contact us today at (709) 579-9172 or to enroll in our Outreach ESL Tutor Program!