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Program Announcement

Networking Event 2016


We recently learned that due to changing funding priorities for the Federal Government - Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada Department, the Workplace Communication for Rural Immigrants program will not receive further funding beyond March 31, 2017.  This announcement makes the Winter 2017 semester the program's last.

The WCRI team is currently investigating other possible funding sources in order to keep this valuable program running in Southern Alberta's rural communities.  Our hope is to prolong this program so we can continue making a positive impact in the lives of newcomers and their families.

How did it work?

WCRI was designed to help rural Permanent Residents develop the workplace soft skills that Canadian employers want.  The program combined 15 - 20 hours of online training with 10 hours of one-on-one mentoring over the space of 4 months in the participant's home community.  The program was free for Permanent Residents, cost-effective to run, and also helped to build community connections for the participants by building relationships that often lasted beyond the formal mentoring time frame.

Since the pilot project in 2013, 152 participants from 36 countries completed the program and were matched with 70 mentors.  Many of the mentors participated in multiple semesters including 5 mentors who mentored six or more participants.  WCRI had participants and mentors from Airdrie, Banff, Black Diamond, Blackie, Canmore, Chestermere, Cochrane, Didsbury, High River, Lake Louise, Nanton, Okotoks, Strathmore and Vulcan. 

Thank you!

We would like to take the opportunity to thank the funder - Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada - for funding the program and allowing us to make such a strong contribution in the lives of Permanent Residents. 

Thank you to all of our mentors. We appreciate your time, energy, and the enthusiastic support that made the program so valuable to the participants they worked with.

Thank you also to all of our Community Partners for immense contribution to the success of the WCRI program.  The majority of our participants come from your referrals - as do some of our mentors! 

And finally, thank you to all of the participants who came through the program over our 13 semesters.  You participated with such enthusiasm our mentors told us regularly that they felt they received more than they gave.  You referred family and friends to the program and provided us with helpful feedback to make the program and materials the best it could be.

We feel honoured to have been part of this program and sincerely hope we can find the funding to offer it again.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada