ICA has big plans for the future and you can make a difference!

From language instruction to employment to cross-cultural networking, ICA helps immigrants meet their goals and contribute to this thriving community. ICA's impact is felt throughout the Greater Victoria area.
 
Our work is broad and deep. But our success depends on support from you. Whether you are new to Canada or you were born here, you can make a difference with your gift. In the coming year with your help, ICA will:
  • Support 50% more refugees than last year.
  • Build new programs to support LGBTQ2+ immigrants and refugees.
  • Provide English classes to more than 800 students.
  • Organize forums about Indigenous reconciliation, human trafficking, and creating a welcoming community. 
 
Without the English classes and employment programs at ICA,  
I would not have had the confidence to go after better employment  
and to build an exciting new career here in Canada.
 
Karin Friedrich
Service Canada Employee, Immigrated from Brazil
 
Karin's experience is just one of thousands ICA supports each year. Please make your donation to ensure ICA can expand our programs that support newcomers and create a strong, vibrant community.
 
Ways to Give
  • A donation of appreciated stock or mutual funds is another great option.  Click here to donate today.
 
Questions?

Contact ICA Development Coordinator, Sheryl Sackman by email at ssackman@icavictoria.org or phone at 250-388-4728 ext 168.
 
Thank you for your support!
 
Changing the Employment Game for Immigrant Youth! 
 
ICA's Game Changer program is so much more than just job skills and workplace training!
 
I'm from Uganda. I came to Canada in June 2019 through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program. It was a difficult and long (4 year) process but it was worth it. When I arrived, I had no idea how to do anything. Canada is so different from Uganda!
 
Shortly after I arrived in Victoria, my case worker at ICA told me about the new Game Changer program and it really was a game changer for me. I learned how to write a resume, apply for jobs, and how to talk to employers. I now understand the Canadian workplace better, what my rights are, and also how to be a responsible worker.
 
I know some people don't want to study, but we didn't just sit in a classroom. We went on field-trips to various workplaces and we even went canoeing with Power To Be which was amazing. My English really improved while doing this program, too.
 
Many jobs that I was looking at required experience, but through Game Changer the staff worked with employers to offer on-the-job training and waived the requirement for previous work experience.
 
I now have a job at Dairy Queen and attend English level 5 classes. When I achieve level 12, I want to apply for the Nursing Program at Camosun College.
 
The support ICA continues to offer even after graduating from Game Changers is so valuable. Being able to call my instructors when I don't understand something that is happening at work is amazing.
 
Thank you ICA!
 
 
Next Session for Game Changer is February 10, 2020 
To apply, please contact Jemma Templeton

 
To learn more about Game Changer and how you can participate and benefit, please contact Jemma Templeton by email at jtempleton@icavictoria.org or by phone at 250.388.4728 ext. 179.  
Employment Resources 
 
Did you know?

ICA is a Work BC Employment Services Centre? We have a full suite of services for all your employment needs, including a variety of workshops and programs.