Projects funded

Listing of projects awarded under former Supports for Newcomer Integration grants and Innovative Language Projects grants.

Projects listed on this page were funded by Innovative Language Projects Grants and Supports for Newcomer Integration Grants. As of June 2018, these two grants merged into one called Settlement, Integration and Language Projects Grants.

2018-19 projects and beyond will solely come from Settlement, Integration and Language Projects Grants.

Innovative Language Projects Grants

2017-18

Working Faster, Working Safer: Language, Essential Skills and Intercultural Communication for CLB 1-2

Awarded to: Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society

This project provided orientation and training for language instructors by piloting the newly developed materials for low level Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) learners.

Post-TESL Professional Development

Awarded to: Bow Valley College

This project provided direct support for English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors in the form of specialized professional development to help increase the skills and abilities of ESL service providers across the province in supporting the successful settlement and integration of newcomers to Alberta.

Foundations in Agricultural-based industry – for Refugees and other Migrants (FARM) in Alberta

Awarded: Calgary Immigrant Educational Society

This program focused on preparing Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4–5 newcomers with an agriculture background for employment in agricultural-related commercial industries, such as horticulture and landscaping.

Workplace Online Retention Class (WORC)

Awarded to: Calgary Immigrant Educational Society

This project provided a blended online course where participants could improve language proficiency (listening, speaking, reading and writing) while focusing on intercultural competency, workplace culture, job-specific language and essential skills.

Communicative Workplace English

Awarded to: Grande Prairie Council for Lifelong Learning Society

This program focused on supporting newcomers who are either employed in the service industry and are seeking advancement or are unemployed and seeking employment in the service industry.

2016-17

Bridge to Better On-boarding

Awarded to: Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society (AWES)

Design, develop and pilot a course providing language, essential skills and intercultural communication training that supports on-boarding and orientation of front line immigrant employees in food manufacturing.

Customer Care: Cultivating the Culture of Service

Awarded to: Bow Valley College

Design, develop and pilot a part-time blended course for learners at a CLB 4–6 who are working in hospitality and retail jobs.

Here to Help: Language Skills for Food Service Workers

Awarded to: Bow Valley College

Develop an e-handbook targeted for instructors, facilitators and learners who then develop and pilot a part-time face-to-face course using the e-handbook as the core curriculum.

Adult ESL Classroom Online

Awarded to: Calgary Immigrant Educational Society (CIES)

Design, develop and pilot a short, interactive blended-online language employment course for learners at a CLB 3–4.

Integration for Refugee Women

Awarded to: Edmonton Northlands

Develop and deliver a communication and job skills workplace training program that builds work readiness for refugee women, and leads to employment in banquet or concession services.

Integrated Language & Workforce Training

Awarded to: NorQuest College

Develop and deliver workplace-specific language and essential skills training program, including workplace experience, for CLB 3–5 learners who have minimal Canadian work experience and are interested in pursuing employment in the near future.

Using Trauma-Informed English as Second Language Instruction to Empower Refugees at CLB Levels 3–4

Awarded to: Red Deer College

A two-phased project that included a certificate course for language instructors on trauma-informed pedagogy and the subsequent trauma-informed certificate course for refugees at a CLB 3–4 that provides workplace language training for commercial kitchens, hospitality and customer service environments.

Supports for Newcomer Integration Grants

2017-18 Workplace integration

First Steps to Employment

Awarded to: Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative

This project provided immigrants and refugees with language and cultural supports and skills needed to access and retain a job in the hospitality industry.

Childcare Training for Low Literacy Immigrant Women

Awarded to: Calgary Immigrant Women's Association

This project focused on occupational skills training for immigrant and refugee women with limited education and language skills. Successful participants earned Childcare Development Assistant certification.

Workplace Communication for Rural Immigrants

Awarded to: Bow Valley College

This mentoring program assisted newcomers living in rural southern Alberta. Participants accessed online learning materials on workplace communication, soft skills, details and explanations on Canadian workplace norms, plus employer expectations.

Essential Skills Enhancement for Refugees Program

Awarded to: Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

This program provided refugee clients with skills, information and support to secure entry-level employment in health care, hospitality and manufacturing. The program also helps refugee clients gain financial stability and access to opportunities for long-term career growth.

Newcomer Workplace Integration in the Disability Services Sector

Awarded to: Anthony & Holmes Consulting Ltd.

Three online courses focused on intercultural competence and workplace communication developed in partnership with employers for newcomers and Canadian-born workers in the disability services sector.

Integrating the Essential Skills Tools into the Employment Counselling Process: Workshops and Material

Awarded to: Alberta Workforce Essential Skills

This project provided training for front-line workers at immigrant serving agencies who provide employment counselling for immigrant job-seekers. Workshops helped counsellors provide workplace preparation services for newcomers by increasing knowledge and understanding about their needs and the labour market.

Fostering Positive Healthcare Workplaces for Newcomers in Rural Alberta

Awarded to: Stettler & District Community Adult Learning Council

In partnership with NorQuest College, a series of professional development workshops offered employees who work in health care to build intercultural awareness, improve skill levels and English language communication for those whose first language is not English.

2017-18 Community integration

Ongoing Support Services Red Deer

Awarded to: Catholic Social Services

This project provided clients with personalized needs assessments, information and orientation, supportive counselling, referral services and outreach activities such as presentations to community organizations.

Supports for Newcomer Integration

Awarded to: Edmonton Immigrant Services Association

This project provided translation services needed for foreign credential assessment as well as supportive counselling, mentoring and group support, information and orientation on community programs and services, immigration and legal issues, employment, housing, and other needs.

Newcomer Community Integration Project

Awarded to: Grande Prairie Centre for Newcomers – Edmonton Immigrant Serving Association

This project supported naturalized Canadian citizens and refugee claimants in Grande Prairie and nearby rural communities who are ineligible for supports funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Francophone Newcomer Community Integration – Edmonton

Awarded to: Centre d'accueil et d'etablissement du Nord de l'Alberta

This project provided settlement and integration services for naturalized Canadians, refugee claimants and their children who are ineligible for supports funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The project also assisted Francophone LGTBQ newcomers who face barriers ranging from racism, homophobia, transphobia and isolation to logistical issues such as finding work, support services and safe housing.

Francophone Newcomer Community Integration - Fort McMurray

Awarded to: Centre d'accueil et d'etablissement du Nord de l'Alberta

This project provided settlement and integration services into the Francophone and broader community in Fort McMurray for naturalized Canadians and refugee claimants and their children who are ineligible for supports funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Enhanced Integration Services

Awarded to: Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

Support for naturalized Canadian citizens and refugee claimants ineligible for funding by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and are facing significant barriers to their settlement and integration. Clients gained access to resources, skills, connections and support to overcome the barriers they face and achieve outcomes such as financial literacy, employability and social inclusion.

Brooks Enhanced Integration Services

Awarded to: Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

Support for naturalized Canadian citizens and refugee claimants ineligible for funding by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and are facing significant barriers to their settlement and integration. Clients gained access to resources, skills, connections and support to overcome the barriers they face and achieve outcomes such as financial literacy, employability and social inclusion.

Newcomer Integration Support: Integration, Pre-Employment and Cross-Cultural Parenting Services

Awarded to: Calgary Immigrant Women's Association

Support for naturalized Canadian citizens and refugee claimant women and their families ineligible for supports funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Individual counselling sessions in the client’s first language will provide a needs assessment, action planning, integration, pre-employment and supportive family counselling and will be ongoing as needed.

Newcomer's Navigator

Awarded to: Taber and District Community Adult Learning Association

This project supported newcomers who have chosen to settle in the Taber area. It provided a ‘Newcomer Navigator’ staff person in Taber to link clients to career and employment services, English language classes, volunteer opportunities, schools and other relevant local service providers.

Newcomer and Learner Support Centre

Awarded to: Two Hills Adult Learning Council

Language and cultural support to Low German Mennonite speakers through:

  • language classes
  • support centre open during evenings with access to public computers and internet
  • foundational math training for entry into general educational development apprenticeship preparation course to increase employability of clients.

Alberta LGBTQ+ New Canadians Project

Awarded to: Centre for Newcomers

This project builds on piloted joint services dedicated to LGBTQ+ newcomers by serving clients ineligible for services funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in Calgary, mainly naturalized Canadian citizens and refugee claimants.

Connecting Chinese Newcomers to Mainstream Services

Awarded to: ASSIST Community Services Centre

Partnership between ASSIST, Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, and Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton. Increased understanding of Chinese senior newcomers’ settlement needs to create integration pathways with the larger community.

Refugee Awareness Alberta

Awarded to: Centre for Race and Culture – Edmonton

This project educated Albertans about refugees, the causes of their displacement and the resettlement process. Approximately 20 workshops were provided for frontline service providers (from sectors including education, police, housing and health) and the general public.