How Settlement Workers Support Newcomers in Canada

Canada is a leader in global migration and refugee protection - In 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) processed around 5.2 million applications for permanent and temporary residence, and citizenship. Settlement workers play a vital role in helping newcomers adapt to Canadian society. 

They provide essential guidance in navigating legal and immigration processes, aiding newcomers to overcome challenges and transition smoothly into self-reliant, contributing members of Canadian society.

What is a Settlement Worker? 

A settlement worker is a professional dedicated to assisting immigrants and refugees adjust to life in a new country. These workers are typically employed by government bodies and community organizations including immigrant service agencies, issue-based groups, and educational institutions. 

Their role includes evaluating the impact of immigration and citizenship policies on settlement services. They guide newcomers through legal and bureaucratic processes, help them access essential services like healthcare and education, and offer language training and employment support. 

Settlement workers are instrumental in ensuring that immigrants and refugees receive the necessary support and resources to become active, independent members of their communities, aiding in their effective adaptation to society. 

How to become a Settlement Worker? 

If you are interested in helping people, particularly refugees and immigrants, becoming a settlement worker is an excellent choice. Durham College's 'Settlement Worker - Professional Foundations (Recognition of Achievement)' program is designed for those eager to support people in their settlement process. This program explores the laws and policies affecting immigrant and refugee settlement. 

This program delves into the laws and policies influencing how immigrants and refugees adapt to Canadian society. You can check the admission requirements and all other program related details on the program's webpage. The program consists of three courses: 

  • Foundations of Settlement Workers: Learn about the fundamental roles and responsibilities of settlement workers. 
  • Advocacy and Professionalism: Gain insights into professional ethics and client advocacy. 
  • Case Management and Settlement Counseling: Focus on managing client cases and providing effective settlement counseling. 

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