45+ years of helping

Since 1976, we’ve been committed to helping newcomers and those with diverse backgrounds settle in Canada. Our values, expertise, and strong community partnerships have made us a trusted resource.

Diversity makes Canada strong. MOSAIC works to improve the community and calls on others to support the creation of a fair and inclusive society.

Over 45 years later, we are still community leaders and advocates. We plan to continue making a positive impact in the lives of others for years to come.

MOSAIC Highlights and Achievements

We’ve been busy! Learn more about our successes, highlights, and achievements over the past 45+ years.


Our Incorporation

M.O.S.A.I.C. (The Multilingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities) was formed by two local agencies already serving the Vancouver community in 1976.


Offering free legal advice

MOSAIC started a weekly clinic to offer free legal advice for clients, with support from the Legal Aid Society. Today this program provides legal advice for low-income clients on immigration and poverty law.


First officially-funded employment program in Western Canada

The MOSAIC Immigrant Youth Job Corps Program was a job orientation and placement program funded by Canada Employment. Later, it included bilingual support for immigrant women.


Launch of language programs for women

MOSAIC established the Settlement Language Training Program for immigrant women. The program taught English, basic information on Canadian culture, and included child-minding services.


Move to new Grant Street offices

We moved from our one-room Commercial Drive office to a new location on Grant Street in Vancouver.


Interpretation & Translation Services: A social enterprise

Until 1990, MOSAIC’s interpretation and translation services were volunteer-run. This year we re-launched them as a social enterprise to provide higher-level professional services.


First Violence Prevention program

The “Assaultive Husbands Program” dealt with domestic violence and helped men improve their relationships. These programs have grown to include counselling, support, and outreach for victims and their families.


Advocacy efforts for refugees: 4-day “camp-in”

In 1996, Refugees required a three-month residency in Canada before they could apply for financial help from the Government. MOSAIC led a 4-day “camp-in” at Victoria Park to advocate against this law. Four months later, the Government overturned this legislation.


First annual Festival MOSAIC

This four-day gala festival celebrates the artistic works of immigrants and refugees in our community. The event features theatre, dance, and visual arts.


Launch of the “Step Ahead” pilot program

This program provided case management and services for vulnerable immigrants and refugees. It earned the 8th Soma Ganesen Spirit of Hope Award. Today it is a nationwide program known as the Moving Ahead Program.


Grand opening of Burnaby Office

To support a growing need, MOSAIC opened a new location on Buller Avenue in southeast Burnaby. Today it is one of 10 MOSAIC offices around Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.


MOSAIC earns CARF Accreditation

After a 2-year process, we achieved CARF Accreditation. This shows MOSAIC’s dedication to improving our client’s quality of life. We maintain this accreditation today.


Launch of new WorkBC Centre

MOSAIC launches the Vancouver Northeast WorkBC Centre. We were the only immigrant-serving organization to offer WorkBC employment programs.


Support for Syrian Refugee Resettlement programs

MOSAIC planned to support 1000 refugees this year. Thanks to a pledge from the Canadian Government, we were able to support over 1,800 refugees. Over 500 identified as Syrian.


Expansion of our Refugee Response Team

This year saw an increased number of Syrian refugees looking for support. We used our expertise to coordinate local efforts to get these newcomers the help and resources they needed.


Move to current 23,000 sqft headquarters

MOSAIC moved into its new (and current) headquarters on Boundary Road in Vancouver in May. The space, donated by the City of Vancouver,  includes offices, meeting spaces, and a child-friendly family counselling area.


Welcomed new CEO: Olga Stachova

In July, we welcomed our new CEO, Olga Stachova. She took over from former Executive Director Eyob Naizghi, who worked at MOSAIC for over 25 years.


MOSAIC manages five WorkBC Centres

MOSAIC became the manager of four new WorkBC Centres: North Delta, Ladner, South Surrey-White Rock, and Surrey Cloverdale, in addition to Vancouver NorthEast


Large-scale transitions to online services

During the COVID-19 pandemic, MOSAIC quickly shifted to offering online and remote-delivered services. We’re proud of the resilience of our staff, volunteers, and clients in this transition.


45 years of service

MOSAIC celebrates its 45th anniversary serving immigrants and refugees.