Each year, about 250,000 immigrants and refugees make Canada their new home. The challenges facing these newcomers are vast and complex: many have suffered the traumatic effects of war and persecution; they are struggling to navigate an unfamiliar culture within an unfamiliar country; they are mourning the loss of their family and social network, their homes, and their possessions in their country of origin; and they often have trouble finding work in their field as a result of language barriers or holding professional credentials that are not recognized in Canada.
Since 2009, RBC Foundation’s generous support of the RBC New Beginnings: National Diversity Fund for Children has helped thousands of vulnerable newcomer children, youth, and families overcome barriers to success and settle into their new lives in Canada.
HOW IT WORKS
RBC New Beginnings funds programs delivered by child welfare agencies throughout Canada that address the many needs of immigrant and refugee children and families. The fund helps newcomers to Canada access things like:
- Basic necessities, housing supports, health and education supports, and life-enriching activities and experiences.
- Emotional and settlement support programs such as trauma counselling, cultural diversity education, guidance on Canadian cultural and social expectations, and more.