In-School Settlement Services

 

Funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), the In-School Settlement Support Program helps immigrant students and their families with their settlement needs. The program connects newly arrived families to services and resources in the school and the community in order to promote settlement and foster student achievement.

Schools are one of the first places newcomers go for services in the community. In collaboration with the schools, school-based settlement practitioners systematically contact all newcomer families to orient and link them to available settlement services and resources.

Program Partners

Edmonton Immigrant Services Association, Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, Catholic Social Services (Edmonton), Multicultural Association (Fort McMurray), and Immigrant Settlement Services (Grande Prairie, Edmonton Public Schools, Edmonton Catholic Schools, Fort McMurray Public Schools, Fort McMurray Catholic Schools, Grande Prairie Public Schools, Grande Prairie Catholic Schools

Partnering School Districts

Edmonton Public, Edmonton Catholic, Grande Prairie Public, Grande Prairie Catholic, Fort McMurray Catholic and Fort McMurray Public

Settlement Practitioners work in the school setting to:

  • Assess needs of immigrant students and families and the barriers to successful integration;
  • Provide parents with information and resources on settlement and immigration issues;
  • Help students adjust to school culture and focus on learning;
  • Increase parents’ understanding of Canadian culture and how to function competently in the community at large;
  • Increase parents’ involvement in the education of their children; and participation in the community;
  • Increase access to programs and services of particular relevance and need for new immigrant families. Services are provided in a culturally competent manner, in languages specific to the needs of each family.
  • Finding a place to live and getting information about your rights as an employee or tenant;
  • Setting up a telephone line;
  • Applying for a Social Insurance Number, Alberta Health Card, and/or Canada Child Tax Benefit;
  • Finding a family doctor
  • Finding a bank and opening an account;
  • Locating and accessing child care services;
  • Accessing public transit and/or obtaining a driver’s license;
  • Assessing work skills, accreditation and licensing;
  • Resume writing and job search workshops;
  • Upgrading skills and building academic credentials;
  • Learning about local customs, rights and responsibilities;
  • Searching for recreation activities;
  • Finding an ESL/ELL class;
  • Applying for citizenship and/or family sponsorship.

Families are connected with many services that assist in making the transition to a new community including:

  • Finding a place to live and getting information about your rights as an employee or tenant;
  • Setting up a telephone line;
  • Applying for a Social Insurance Number, Alberta Health Card, and/or Canada Child Tax Benefit;
  • Finding a family doctor
  • Finding a bank and opening an account;
  • Locating and accessing child care services;
  • Accessing public transit and/or obtaining a driver’s license;
  • Assessing work skills, accreditation and licensing;
  • Resume writing and job search workshops;
  • Upgrading skills and building academic credentials;
  • Learning about local customs, rights and responsibilities;
  • Searching for recreation activities;
  • Finding an ESL/ELL class;
  • Applying for citizenship and/or family sponsorship.

For more information, please call Oliver Kamau, Program Supervisor at 780-392-2935, or via e-mail at okamau@eisa-edmonton.org.

 

Last edited-May 12, 2014