New pathways to permanent residency!

Association for New Canadians

On April 14, 2021 the Government of Canada announced new pathways to permanent residency for essential temporary workers and international graduates.

These are temporary policies which will help temporary workers and international graduates who are already in Canada to apply for permanent residency.

Eligible temporary residents currently residing and working in Canada may apply for permanent residency under these new temporary public policies. Intake is capped; applications can be submitted starting May 6.

Volunteer Orientation

The Association for New Canadians offers a variety of volunteer opportunities: Homework Club, conversation circles, a matching program with new arrivals, and more!

If you’d like to be part of our volunteer team, plan to attend (online) the next orientation session, May 25, 2021 3 – 4 pm.

Seeking Translators and Interpreters

The Association for New Canadians is expanding its translation and interpretation team. If you or someone you know would like to join our team, please sign up for our next virtual orientation session, scheduled for
May 25 3:30 – 5 pm.

We are in particular need of the following languages: Arabic, Tigrigna, French, and Swahili.

Newcomer Health Fair Goes Virtual

The annual newcomer health fair at the Association for New Canadians, like so many things, in our world, went virtual this year.

This transformed the annual two-day event for students at the ANC’s ESL Training Centre and first-year refugee arrivals into a semi-permanent online resource accessible to everyone.


A variety of health fair "booths" cover topics such as mental health, women’s health, seniors, nutrition and physical, and general health. There are links to health resources and providers.

Access the Newcomer Health Fair

New radio program/podcast

Global Frequencies airs Wednesdays at 7 pm on CHMR and is available as a podcast. It features stories of newcomers and special guests, focusing on immigration, multiculturalism, and economic and cultural diversification.

You can listen to past episodes wherever you usually listen to podcasts, and see videos based on the show on the ANC’s YouTube page. New episodes will air on CHMR on May 5 and May 19

New Counseling Program

 The Association for New Canadians is developing ANConnect, a pan-provincial program that will offer free, low barrier single session virtual counseling to any adult newcomer, regardless of their immigration status. ANConnect Project Development Lead Ken Reid is seeking input from community partners on their experiences working with newcomers to inform development of the project. Ken can be reached at

Credential Recognition

A program accessible through the Association for New Canadians is designed to address the financial barriers newcomers encounter getting their workplace credentials recognized. The Atlantic Immigrant Career Loan Fund is a community-based micro-loan program that assists internationally trained immigrants in Atlantic Canada overcome those financial barriers so they can practice and/or enter the workforce in their field or a related field.

For information on the AICLF, contact AXIS, the ANC’s employment and careers division, at 709-579-1780 or

Supports for Atlantic Immigration Pilot

The ANC continues to offer Atlantic Immigration Pilot program supports at no charge to both employers and employees. Employers interested in learning more about the AIP program can contact Zack Noel, the ANC’s AIP Officer, at 709-552-2262 or Endorsed employees who are permanent residents can contact Sonia Krajewska at

Free Evening English Classes

The Association for New Canadians offers FREE evening English conversation classes to all newcomers. This is the perfect opportunity to practice English by speaking with others.

Because of the public health advisory in place as of this writing, Monday classes have moved to virtual meetings from 7-9 pm

Register for Monday classes

The regular online conversation class continues to meet Thursday evenings from 7-8 pm. For more information, e-mail: or phone 709 726-6848.

Register for Thursday conversation

Virtual Drop-In Sessions for Temporary Residents

The Association for New Canadians launches regular weekly drop-in sessions for temporary residents. The dates in May are May 4 and 18.

International students, temporary foreign workers, AIP employees and others are welcome to join on Zoom to ask questions and meet Sophia Solomon, the ANC’s Community Settlement/Integration Counselor and Ali Bakshi, AIP Officer.

Sophia and Ali can help with answers to questions and referrals to ANC programs, community services, and government departments, as appropriate.

A registration form will be available on the ANC website, but anyone with questions in the meantime can contact Sophia at

For information contact:


Volunteer Orientation

May 25, 2021

3:00pm - 4:00pm


Interpretation Orientation

May 25, 2021

3:30pm - 5:00pm



P.O. Box 21157

St. John's, NL

Canada A1A 5B2


(709) 765-2182