By: Amir Khan, Communications Assistant
As 2022 comes to an end, hope manifested itself in many forms during the past year with many amazing achievements and distinctions, thanks to the incredible hard work and dedication of MOSAIC staff, programs and organizational services.
Here are some highlights from 2022 :
- We provided direct support to 20,000 individuals;
- Another 5,000+ connected to us through events and workshops;
- Over 1,830 refugee claimants accessed our services;
- Through the Employment program, more than 2,700 job seekers were supported working with more than 1,000 employer partners;
- Our Language program created a combination of online and in-person service delivery to clients using a specialized learning platform;
- Our new Accessibility for Newcomers program was launched to better serve newcomers and refugees with disabilities;
- We launched a new, accessible and interactive website after months of feedback and testing to better serve our clients;
- The Hudson’s Bay Foundation entered a multi-year partnership with MOSAIC to combat barriers against employment for racialized newcomers – providing MOSAIC’s Combatting Institutionalized Racism with $250,000.
As Canada grapples with an employment gap, MOSAIC aims to provide newcomers with the help and tools necessary to further develop their professional lives. This is especially important given the federal government’s announcement to welcome 500,000 immigrants by 2025.
- The Department of Canadian Heritage funded $213,250 towards the expansion of SCOPE (Social and Civic Opportunities: Pathways to Equity) program. The project aims to bolster access to civic board positions for racialized newcomers and we proudly supported 69 participants this year;
- MOSAIC’s Canadian Work Experience Internship Pilot program (WorkXP) received over $1.3 million in federal funding from the Ministry of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion;
- During MOSAIC’s National Volunteer Week, we celebrated over 300 volunteers for their hard work and dedication.
Migrant workers remain an instrumental part of the Canadian economy. We became the first settlement agency in B.C. to work with the Consular Alliance for Migrant Workers by coordinating emergency support for workers with the consulates of the Philippines, Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, El Salvador, Guatemala and the Solomon Islands.
In support of migrant workers, with seed funding from CLAC Foundation, we launched an emergency fund to assist those experiencing unacceptable working conditions. As well, we supported temporary foreign workers facing abusive employers by providing temporary accommodations, assistance with medical/dental care and employment opportunities.
MOSAIC became the only settlement agency to join the Integrated Disaster Council of B.C. (IDCBC), allowing us to coordinate humanitarian responses for emergencies, alongside government and non-governmental agencies.
As 2022 comes to an end, we continue our work helping refugees and immigrants settle in a new place — a place they can proudly call ‘home’. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all our volunteers, staff, donors and partners in making this year a success. Here’s to another successful year.
For more information, see MOSAIC’s 2021-22 Annual Report.