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This article presents the processes and outcomes of a demonstration project that used community action research to learn about the mental health needs of immigrant and refugees (IR) populations in the City of Vancouver. In collaboration with Vancouver Coastal Health’s Bridge Clinic, MOSAIC engaged service users and frontline workers in action research in order to learn about IR barriers to access mainstream mental health services, and their cultural models of care. Funded by the City of Vancouver’s Social Innovation Project Grant, the project targeted Chinese, Filipino and South Asian immigrants, as they comprise the largest immigrant populations in the City of Vancouver. The primary goal of the project was to discover common cultural practices among these three ethnic populations in Vancouver to inform the development of more accessible and culturally appropriate mental health services.

The federal government introduced a period of conditional permanent residence that affects some spouses or partners being sponsored to live in Canada. Sponsored spouses who are in a relationship for two years or less, and who have no children with their sponsor at the time of the sponsorship application have a condition attached to their permanent residence status. The sponsored spouse must live with the sponsor in a genuine relationship for a continuous period of two years after being granted permanent residence in Canada and fulfill this condition before the conditions of their permanent residence are removed. The sponsored spouse may be removed from Canada and face deportation back to their country of origin if the condition is not fulfilled.

This pamphlet is intended to help convey the implications of this regulation and the abuse exception to newcomer and immigrant women who find themselves to be in an abusive relationship with their sponsor. The information is intended for men and women, however, heterosexual men or men in same-sex relationships may also experience intimate partner violence.

The FLA replaced the Family Relations Act (FRA) on March 18, 2013. It outlines your rights and responsibilities. You can use the FLA to help you make arrangements for the future care of your children, support payments, and division of family property and family debt.

Community services are increasingly delivered through joint initiatives between community agencies, funders and public institutions such as schools or colleges. There are many, many examples where collaboration, formal or informal, has resulted in enormous benefits to the community.

1) The Collaboration Roundtable development:

2) Tools for Building and Sustaining Partnerships, prepared by the Collaboration Roundtable

Submissions and studies related to community capacity, employment and immigration issues.

Solutions for Access (Full Report and Executive Summary): A report on the access to licensure in regulated professions for internationally trained professionals in British Columbia.

These fact sheets provide information about several debt and consumer law topics including: unethical immigration consultants, bogus schools and diplomas, credit card debts, sponsorship debts and travel loan for convention refugees. The information in these fact sheets is useful for persons who are planning to immigrate to Canada or who are newcomers to Canada. These fact sheets also provide a list of useful resources. Funding for these fact sheets was provided by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.