Study Tours


Visiting Immigrant and Refugee Service Agencies and their Neighbourhoods

As part of the pre-conference activities, two study tours are being organized to different immigrant and refugee service agencies in Metro Vancouver. Study tours will take place on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (TBC), and travel between organizations will be by public transit.  Study tours cost $30 and include the cost of transit and lunch.

OPTION #1: Immigrant and Refugee Services in an Urban Core – Vancouver City Centre

Vancouver is British Columbia’s largest city, and almost half the population living here is from another part of the world. Vancouver has the second highest proportion of foreign-born residents in Canada, after Toronto. The tour will begin with a brief presentation at the Citizenship and Immigration Canada – British Columbia and Yukon Region office. Participants will then have the opportunity to visit two immigrant and/or refugee service organizations in the downtown core, each with their own unique structures, services and clients. The tour will include organized visits of the agencies and their neighbourhoods, a guided tour by the City of Vancouver of one downtown neighbourhood, and a group lunch. More details will be provided shortly.

Maximum 20 participants

OPTION #2: Changing Focus of Immigrant and Refugee Services – Along the Skytrain Line

After Vancouver, Surrey and Burnaby are the most populated municipalities in British Columbia. Surrey is also one of Canada’s fastest growing cities. Many newcomers are choosing to settle outside of Vancouver, particularly eastwards along the Skytrain line, due to the high cost of living in Vancouver. The tour will begin with a brief presentation at the Citizenship and Immigration Canada – British Columbia and Yukon Region office. Participants will then have the opportunity to visit three immigrant and/or refugee service organizations, each located in a different municipality along the Expo Skytrain Line (East Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey). The tour will include organized visits of the agencies and their neighbourhoods, as well as a group lunch. More details will be provided shortly.

Maximum 20 participants