Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria
Our Impact Why We Exist
ICA helps over 1400 newcomers annually to integrate into the community. Immigrants and refugees come to Victoria, BC from all over the world. Some newcomers may know someone already in the community, many do not. ICA provides this crucial link to navigating the complex systems of our Canadian society.
ICA aims to support newcomers become integrated and make informed decisions about life in Canada through increased English language skills, understanding Canadian society, securing employment and building social networks.
ICA also hosts a growing network of over 110 local organizations and businesses that make up the Community Partnership Network. The Community Partnership Network (CPN) is a group of over 100 local agencies, businesses and institutions committed to building diverse, welcoming and inclusive communities in Greater Victoria. CPN members work to develop their capacity by sharing resources and information aimed at promoting and supporting our increasingly diverse region.
Our Story What We Do
The Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria is a non-profit society which values inclusion and respect within a culturally diverse society. Our broad goals and objectives include the following:
- Encourage sensitivity, appreciation and respect for individuals of all cultures in our changing community
- Assist newcomers to settle in the Greater Victoria area and facilitates their inclusion and full participation
- Advocate for the human rights of people of all cultures, backgrounds, ancestries, ethnicities
- Animate cultural awareness by promoting public multicultural events
In this past year, the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria assisted:
- 1,407 immigrants and refugees to integrate through our Settlement Services
- 627 permanent residents to improve their English language skills in English as a Second Language Classes
- 87 newcomer children to attend our childcare services
- 400 immigrants to become Canadian Citizens with the help of Citizenship Classes
- 2,000 community members gather to celebrate our Annual Moon Festival (previously Luminara)
Our Programs How We Do It
ICA provides services to newcomers through Settlement, English as a Second Language, Community Development and Arts Engagement. Two projects that ICA is seeking support for are:
Youth Arts Summer Camp is a two-week art summer camp focused on arts and belonging for up to 25 immigrant youth from multiple cultures. During this day camp based in Victoria, BC, participants aged 9-12 years old will have the opportunity to meet other immigrant youth and explore their transition to Canada using the arts, such as theatre, puppetry, environmental arts, or lanterns. Project participants will engage with and make friends with one another and support immigrants integrate into the broader community.
Community Art Engagement Projects are innovative projects that engage immigrant community with the broader community through activities such as storytelling, theatre, photography, visual arts, masks & movement. Using the arts cultural connections are strengthened to create a welcome and diverse community.
What You Can Do
Your financial contribution to ICA helps immigrants and refugees adjust to their new life in our community.
ICA welcomes community members to become involved in our organization as volunteers.