For fifty years, the Inter-Cultural Association’s purpose has been to support the full integration of newcomer immigrants and refugees into the social, economic and civic life of the Capital Region of British Columbia.
Newcomers make our communities stronger: economically, culturally and socially. To ensure their success, the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) plays a critical role in helping immigrants get a positive start on their new lives in Canada by providing the services and resources they need to thrive.
As an award-winning organization, no other settlement organization in the greater Victoria area takes a more direct, holistic approach to helping set up newcomers for success than ICA. For nearly 50 years, ICA has created essential pathways for immigrants and along the way, we have been honoured and proud to have helped more than 70,000 individuals and families as they transition to a new life in Canada.
What We Do
ICA’s began in the 1970s as a response to racism in our community and today, we continue that important work by offering wide ranging services including anti-racism programming, youth engagement, mentorship and language instruction. Our staff and volunteers offer employment, education, healthcare and housing, and transportation assistance. ICA’s arts program helps nurture minds and souls, creating cross-cultural learning.
We acknowledge the Coast Salish Nations on whose traditional territories we do our work to support immigrants and refugees in the Capital Region. We are grateful to live, work and learn here, and we honour the Nations who have always cared for these lands, waters and air and continue to do so today.