Looking for services related to immigrants, refugees, and Indigenous groups in St. John’s, NL and the surrounding Avalon East region during COVID-19? Check out these organizations:
Organizations are doing all they can to respect social distancing measures, while ensuring you are still taken care of during COVID-19.Association for New Canadians
With Level 3 public health guidelines in place, some staff members are now returning to their offices. If you wish to meet with an ANC employee, you must schedule an appointment by contacting the person you are looking for by phone or e-mail. To protect staff, clients and colleagues you will see new safety measures in place when visiting the offices. Additionally, they are unable to provide services to drop-ins at this time.
The Association for New Canadians (ANC) is a non-profit, community-based organization delivering settlement and integration services to immigrants and refugees in Newfoundland and Labrador. For 40 years, the Association has delivered programs and services that support all aspects of immigrant integration, ranging from settlement information and orientation to language learning, skills development and employment.
Developed by the Canadian Paediatric Society with input from a range of experts and organizations, Caring for Kids New to Canada has evidence-based information on assessing and screening patients, medical conditions, health promotion, child development, and much more. It also explores how issues beyond the clinical setting affect health, such as culture, social and environmental conditions, health care systems, and public policy.
The Chinese Association of Newfoundland and Labrador continue promotes Chinese cultures and traditions throughout our multicultural communities.
During COVID-19, the Association is not holding any events but you can reach their leadership through their website, if you have any questions.
Learn more about immigrating to St. John’s and their Local Immigration Partnership Program.
The City of St. John’s has remote workers and there may be a slight delay in response, but should you have any questions about immigrating to St. John’s, please e-mail them.
First Light is a registered non-profit organization that serves the urban Indigenous and non-Indigenous community alike by providing programs and services rooted in the revitalization, strengthening and celebration of Indigenous cultures and languages in the spirit of trust, respect, and friendship. They offer a range of programs, including ones for children and parents.
During COVID-19, many programs have switched to a virtual setting.
Go to their website to apply for food or personal care item support during this time.
The shelter is still open, with increased safety and social distancing measures in place.
A government of Canada department entrusted with supporting the Aboriginal population of the country relating to economic affairs; social well-being; community life; and political, social, and economic development.
Click here to read about COVID-19 and Indigenous Communities, and what support is available from a Federal standpoint.
MWONL is a culturally diverse, provincial-based non-profit organization that was formed in 1982. With a gender specific mandate, the organization delivers programs and services to immigrant and newcomer women and their families in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
During COVID-19, their office is closed until further notice. They have started virtual activities for participants. To join, fill out the online form on their website to become a member. E-mail Anna if you have any questions or concerns with memberships. Virtual programming is taking place on Zoom.
Immigration and Multiculturalism is responsible for the Provincial Government’s strategies, policies, programs, services and initiatives related to the attraction, recruitment and retention of immigrants to the province. The office is responsible for five primary areas:
- Raising awareness within the province of the benefits of immigration;
- Promoting the province as a desirable destination for prospective immigrants;
- Administering the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) and the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP);
- Improving retention through enhanced settlement and integration services; and
- Promoting multiculturalism throughout the province.
During COVID-19, you can still utilize information from their website, phone and e-mail.
Part of First Light NL, the Shanawdithit Shelter is still open, with additional health and safety measures in place for COVID-19.