Mayor’s immigration working group urges continued mentorship program, focus on temporary workers

Three key initiatives to support immigrant communities in Vancouver should continue under a new council, according to recommendations of Mayor Gregor Robertson’s Working Group on Immigration.

In its final report of this term, the round table group of community immigration experts urged Robertson to continue the city’s mentorship program for new immigrants, as well as a groundbreaking study of the impact of temporary foreign worker programs.

The report also urges continuation of the enormously successful Dialogues project, which has senior government funding, to encourage new relationships between immigrant and ethnic communities with Vancouver’s First Nations.

The working group’s report was circulated to councillors earlier this week. I was honoured to co-chair the group with Prof. Dan Hiebert of UBC.