About Immigrant Centre
Helping Newcomers succeed through personalized settlement plans and community partnerships.
Changing lives for the better, one newcomer at a time.
The Immigrant Centre has been delivering quality, innovative Immigration and Settlement Services to allow immigrants to connect, integrate, and fully participate in Canadian Society for over 70 years. Last year we helped over 15,000 clients seeking immigration and settlement assistance. At our front reception we are averaging an amazing 2,000 calls a month – that’s a call every 4 minutes!
Along with a staff of 44, who between them speak 30 languages and have a combined 200 years of experience working at Immigrant Centre, our organization could not offer the services it does without the expertise and commitment of our Board of Directors.
What did immigration look like 70 years ago? In 1946 a total of 71,719 immigrants came to Canada, of which 4,615 came to Manitoba. In the next few decades there was a higher percentage, as many immigrants were looking for farmland. Of these newcomers arriving in Canada just after the Second World War, 51,408 came from the United Kingdom, 11,469 came from the United States and just 8,842 came from other countries. Compare that to 2018, when over 70 languages were requested of our translators and interpreters, with the greatest numbers being for Arabic, Amharic, Mandarin, Cantonese, German, Hebrew, Hindi, French, Farsi, Korean, Oromo, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Somali, Ukrainian, Swahili, Tigrigna, and Vietnamese.
Between 2015 and 2018, 61,650 newcomers arrived in Manitoba alone; 50,420 of them settled in Winnipeg. As the Province of Manitoba strives to welcome up to 6,000 Manitoba Provincial Nominees plus their families every year (approximately 9,500 to 10,500 newcomers), we expect even more growth and demand for programs and services at the Centre.
Just as immigrants often have to adapt and even reinvent themselves to thrive in their new home, innovation is not a choice for the not-for-profit agencies that help them; it is a necessity. When it comes to meeting clients needs in a timely, effective and accountable manner, the Immigrant Centre prides itself in the quality of its services, and the breadth of its collaborative partnerships. We are constantly looking at various initiatives to ensure that newcomers are not marginalized. We create an environment that is welcoming and embraces diversity, while working with well over 50 organizations across Manitoba.
The quality of our services, not only in providing practical support, but also the emotional caring and concern that is so vital to newcomers in their transitional period, is now being recognized nationally. An IRCC consultant recently studied our centre as part of a Best Practices in Immigrant Services research study. In addition, twice in three years, the Immigrant Centre has been a finalist in the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Winnipeg Awards.
Visit our story archive to learn more about some of our amazing clients, staff and volunteers.
Visit our Previous Years’ Annual Reports and Audited Statements to learn about Immigrant Centre’s previous activities, services provided, and clients.
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