The Immigrant Welcome Centre says its new survey will give new feedback about integration and well-being in the Comox Valley.
The centre says the survey is open to all immigrants, refugees, international students and temporary workers 19 and older, and have lived in the area for five years or less.
Living, working and studying experiences can be shared, and they say it will help them better understand integration from a newcomer’s perspective.
“The experiences of immigrants in this region matters,” said coordinator Julie Keubehdjian. “The information gathered will help us identify gaps in service delivery and see how local programs and services are addressing critical needs.
“The results will help local service providers develop policies and programs that better support and empower newcomers to flourish.”
The centre adds almost 13 per cent of the Comox Valley’s population are immigrants, and immigration accounts for around 75 per cent of the population growth in Canada and nearly 100 per cent of the labour force growth, according to the Canadian Government.
The survey is online, and they hope to hear from around 200 new immigrants. Topics range between housing, employment, health, belonging and more. The survey will be open until July 7.
More details can be found here.