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Information for Newcomers

If you are a new immigrant in Canada settling in Prince Edward Island, and have a Permanent Resident status, you are eligible to receive Community Inclusion Program services. Please contact our office through this website, or visit us at our location.

Community Connections Program Staff

Joe Byrne

Joe Byrne
Community Connections Supervisor

(902) 628-6009 ext. 224

Yvette Doucette

Yvette Doucette
Community Connections Worker

(902) 628-6009 ext. 226

Community Inclusion Program -
A Networking Program for Newcomers

What is the Community Inclusion Program?

The Community Inclusion Program for newcomers to Canada introduces newcomers to a volunteer – a partner who is well established in the Prince Edward Island community. It is designed to create opportunities for broader integration of new immigrants, help them adjust to living in PEI and make connections. The Program helps newcomers to learn about Island cultural norms and expectations, and develop language skills. It also explores other opportunities in which newcomers may be interested.

Immigrants come to our country every year to build a new life for themselves and for their families. They come from different backgrounds, cultures and situations. Coming to a new environment, they are facing many challenges. Community Inclusion Program volunteers help new immigrants feel welcome in their new community by spending time together, discussing various aspects of life in PEI and making connections with individuals, groups and organizations in the community.

Community Inclusion volunteers are carefully matched with newcomers, based on similar interests, perhaps same profession, or goals and ambitions.

Community Inclusion Program Volunteers

As a volunteer for the Community Inclusion Program, you become a guide to life in your community. It's an exciting chance to meet new people and develop new networks. As a volunteer you will see your own community through a completely different perspective.

Who Are Community Inclusion Volunteers?

Community Inclusion Volunteer can be anybody from PEI who approaches our Association with a desire to get involved, and has a clean police record. Our volunteers are singles, couples, families, community groups, students, homemakers, teachers, doctors, merchants, carpenters, scientists... you!

Who Are Newcomers?

They are a wide variety of people from all walks of life, and from everywhere in the world. Some choose to leave their homeland in the hope of a better future. Others are forced to abandon their home because of war, economic or natural disaster, political or religious persecution.

What Do Community Inclusion Volunteers Do?

We ask you only for your time, to spend two to three hours a week with your partner, offering:

  • An opportunity to practice English or French
  • Information on Canadian customs, culture and society
  • Insights into life on PEI
  • Leisure time together
  • Moral support
  • Building social and professional networks

Community Inclusion volunteers are not expected to provide:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Financial support

What's In It For You?

Being a Community Inclusion volunteer will create your new knowledge and appreciation of:

  • Other cultures
  • Other countries and nations
  • Human resourcefulness and perseverance
  • Our community through a fresh set of eyes