Did you know that more than 1,000 Salmon Arm residents were born outside of Canada?
They represent more than 30 countries, and came from places as close as the U.S. and as far away as Chile, South Africa, Australia and Nepal.
Immigrant Services Shuswap is conducting a survey of the immigrant community in the Salmon Arm area in order to gain a better understanding of the characteristics of this important part of our community. Another goal of the survey is to learn more about the needs of immigrants and temporary foreign workers in the area.
Information gathered will be used to support applications for funding to run programs that address those needs. This survey is for anyone who came from another country to live or to work in Canada, even those who have been here for as long as 60 years, including people who have become Canadian citizens.
Immigrant Services Shuswap is a non-profit organization that provides free services to newcomers to Canada. These services include support adapting to daily life in Canada, help filling out applications, and assistance making connections in the community.
“Immigrants play an important role in the local economy. How well we can address their needs determines whether they stay and integrate into the local community or move on to other more supportive communities,” says Joaquim Camps, who is in charge of conducting the survey.
The survey is available at the Immigrant Services Shuswap website at www.welcomeshuswap.com. People who prefer to complete the paper version are invited to visit the new settlement office at 371 Hudson Ave. (across from the post office) in Salmon Arm or phone 250-804-2726.