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Access to Services Conversation Starter

Examining newcomers' barriers to accessing community services

A home can be difficult for newcomers to find. Discovering educational opportunities can be equally challenging. Yet securing housing and accessing programs such as English language training are important to successful settlement for newcomers.

The Access to Services Conversation Starter provides great jumping off points for discussion about how improving access to services will positively impact newcomers' lives. Developed to provide Vancouver Immigration Partnership (VIP) stakeholders with some key facts and information, this conversation starter is valuable for anyone seeking better understanding of these issues. The information contained in this document, which identifies the gaps and challenges in accessing a range of services, comes from current databases and research studies.

Access to Services is one of VIP's four areas of focus. The facts and figures within the conversation starter provide evidence as to why addressing this challenge is an essential component of the partnership's work.

To read the Access to Services Conversation Starter, click here.