SOPA program for Newcomers

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MOSAIC, a non-profit committed to empowering refugees and immigrants publishes a guide on legal issues for newcomers, and also operates a Legal Advocacy Program as well as a Legal Clinic for Temporary Foreign Workers.

MOSAIC now offers a Settlement Online Pre-Arrival program!

The SOPA program is for newcomers who are approved or in the process of applying to immigrate to Canada and settle in British Columbia.

SOPA provides free online facilitated and self-directed courses focusing on job search and communication skills to help prepare newcomers for Canada.

Currently, the following courses are offered:

  • Working in Canada (self-directed)
  • Canadian Workplace Integration (self-directed)
  • Job Search Strategies (facilitated)
  • Soft Skills: Working with Others (facilitated)
  • Soft Skills: Professional Communication (facilitated)

These courses will help newcomers to:

  • build realistic goals with the right tools for their job search;
  • establish a connection with employment programs and immigrant service providers; and
  • integrate to the local labor market and workplace with more ease.

If someone comes to you with questions about what resources are available for family members or friends who are not yet in Canada, but are in the process of applying to immigrate and settle in BC, go to to learn more about program eligibility requirements or email

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Essay Contest for BC High School Students

Magna Carta and its relevance to Canada in the 21st century

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The Law Society of BC invites BC public high school students in the 2014/2015 and 2015/16 academic years who are currently enrolled in, or have taken, Law 12 or Civic Studies 11 courses, to enter an essay contest on Magna Carta and its relevance to Canada in the 21st century.

The essay should include some discussion of the rule of law, human rights and democratic principles.

The submission deadline has been extended to December 31, 2015.

Click here for prize details, eligibility criteria and submission guidelines [PDF].