Immigrants and Newcomers

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The Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of British Columbia (AMSSA) reports that British Columbia (BC) is “the province with the second highest proportion of immigrants in Canada… [and is] home to a population with significant linguistic diversity.  Approximately one in three (29.6%) of BC residents has a mother tongue other than English or French, which exceeds the Canadian average of 22.9%.  The most common immigrant language mother tongues are Punjabi, Cantonese, and Mandarin.”

More than 2 in 5 seniors in Canada are immigrants.  AMSSA has highlighted the challenges, barriers, and needs that BC’s newcomer seniors contend with, which includes:

  • Income insecurity
  • Language barriers
  • Social isolation
  • Inadequate healthcare
  • Transportation barriers

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