Programs & Services
Language, Employment & Child Care Services (LEC)
Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) provides basic English language training to adult refugees and immigrants. The program facilitates the social, cultural and economic adaptation of newcomers, so that they may become participating members of Canadian society as soon as possible. Childcare and transportation are provided based on need.
Stage 1 English is a program intended to help newcomers gain the language skills they need to perform day-to-day interactions effectively within their communities.
Employment Readiness Services help newcomers to Canada get ready to enter the job market. One on one counselling and credentials assessment are provided, as well as training workshops on a variety of job related topics. These topics include Job Interviews, Job Search, Cover Letters, Resumes, Canadian Workplace Culture and Workplace English. To further assist with skills development, computer classes, including, Basic Computers and Keyboarding, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint are offered, as well as certification classes in First Aid, Food Safety, WHMIS and Personal Care Worker.
Settlement Online-Pre-Arrival (SOPA) program is a partnership between RODS, ISANS (Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia) and other agencies across Canada. This program provides pre-arrival orientation, employment and language support to immigrants who are destined to come to Saskatchewan.
Licensed child care is provided to refugee and immigrant families enabling them to access training and employment.
Settlement, Family & Community Services (SFC)
Through the summer months a program offers recreational and educational opportunities for refugee and immigrant children ages 6 through 12. While attending the program, children participate in language learning exercises as well as community orientation and fun summer activities.
FIT delivers counseling, workshops, presentations, and connections to community and government services to newcomers. Counseling helps newcomers to identify and develop effective problem-solving techniques to overcome the challenges of adapting to life in Canada. Counseling also helps newcomers identify and achieve their goals.
KidsFirst is a free, optional program that helps families to become the best parent they can be by enhancing knowledge, providing support and building on family strengths. The purpose of KidsFirst is to support families before and after the birth of child and to help parents build the life they want.
RAP offers direct and immediate services and information to newly arrive Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) within four to six weeks upon their arrival to Regina. The services contribute to a newcomer's basic establishment by facilitating a smooth transition to life in Regina, from airport reception to securing permanent accommodation.
SSWIS can help newcomer children and youth and their families have a meaningful school experience. Settlement Support Workers in Schools provided services in all Regina elementary and high schools in the Public, Catholic and French school divisions.
SKSWIS (Saskatchewan Settlement Workers in Schools) is a partnership of Boards of Education, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Saskatchewan Settlement Service Organizations. It is a school based outreach program designed to help newcomer students and their families settle in their school and community. The first few years in Canada are particularly difficult for newcomer students and their families. SWIS connects newly arrived families to services and resources in the school and community in order to promote settlement and foster student achievement. Click here for more information on the SKSWIS program.
The Youth program assists newcomer youth to become familiar with their community and establish supportive social networks. The aim of the program is to help newcomer youth become thriving members of their community.
Community Connections is a program that supports community members and organizations in creating a welcoming environment for Newcomers. This includes; developing and fostering community partnerships and identifying opportunities for referral, as well as providing education on cultural awareness and how to develop culturally inclusive programing and services.
WCN is a program that assist newcomers to become familiar with their community, establish supportive social networks and enhance their ability to meet their settlement goals. To achieve these objectives, the program matches newcomers with community volunteers who are established residents in the community and are familiar with local social, educational and recreational systems.
The Regina Open Door Society Inc. provides 24-hour on-call interpreter/translator assistance to the Regina community in over 25 languages. RODS provides these services and supports to the Pasqua and General Hospitals, Wascana Rehabilitation, the Regina Health District, the Regina Police Service, the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan, the Court of Queen’s Bench, Legal Aid, Social Services as well as to numerous NGOs, community agencies, businesses and individuals.
The Newcomer Welcome Centre is an information and services centre to make the transition to life in Regina more successful.
The RRLIP will provide the collaboration framework for community change. The goal of the project is to creat a more welcoming, inclusive community where newcomers thrive. The RRLIP would like to thank its' partners and funder: Regina Regional INtersectoral Committee (RRIC), Immigration, Refugee & Citizenship Canada (IRRC) & Regina Open Door Society Inc. (RODS)