About ICA

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.

Helping Newcomers

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.

Join Our Team

ICA has been helping immigrants and refugees reach their goals in the Capital Region for fifty years. Join our team and build a rewarding career.

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.

How We Help

We help immigrants form community bonds and deep friendships that reduce isolation and foster positive connections. Serving approximately 3,000 newcomers annually, ICA’s work now ranges from guiding immigrant entrepreneurs as they create small businesses that lead to job creation, to supporting vulnerable newcomers by helping them increase their skills and confidence to become healthy, contributing members of our community.

Our Philosophy

At ICA, we believe no one who joins our community should ever feel vulnerable or alone. When people have the support they need, they end up giving back far more to the community than they receive. In partnership with more than 500 community partners and generous donors and volunteers, ICA serves as a helping hand, a listening ear, and a tireless advocate for immigrants and refugees. Through our efforts, Victoria grows stronger as an accepting, vibrant and diverse community. By empowering newcomers to share the many assets they bring to Canada, ICA will continue to have a positive impact on the community for years to come.

Leadership

The leadership team at ICA brings together a wealth of knowledge and experience in immigration, resettlement and social justice work.

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.

ICA’s Annual Impact Reports


Immigrant Welcome Centre

From housing and education to employment services, ICA’s Settlement Services team can help newcomers navigate and connect with important resources and support.

Ways To Give

Your tax-deductible donation helps ICA welcome, support and provide much-needed services for immigrants as they settle into the local community. There are many ways to give a gift to ICA that has a direct, positive impact on the lives of newcomers. Donate or volunteer today!

Building Community

ICA's Community Engagement Team works directly with community stakeholders to fight racism and support diversity, equity and inclusion for everyone in the Capital region regardless of race, gender identity or sexual orientation.