Newcomer Volunteer Connections in Saskatoon

November 15, 2017

SODS_logo_colThe Saskatoon Open Door Society’s Newcomer Volunteer Connections Program is designed to assist newcomers to Canada in finding meaningful volunteer opportunities in the Saskatoon community.

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Volunteering – An Investment of Time

November 15, 2017

CCIS LogoSettling in a new country is an emotional process. Often, this process is further complicated by the distress and frustration of unemployment and social isolation. Fortunately, organizations such as the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society exist to provide support.

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‘Do Some Good’ app Makes Volunteering Easier

November 15, 2017

Volinspire image DoSomeGood-colourVolinspire’s new Do Some Good app connects people, charitable organizations, and businesses to make a meaningful impact in communities all across Canada.Read more

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IAF Canada Unaffected by Equifax Security Breach

September 9, 2017

Immigrant Access Fund Canada would like to reassure its clients in relation to the reported security breach at Equifax, the large consumer credit reporting agency. IAF accesses information from Equifax to help assess individual loan applications, and IAF loan payment history may be kept by Equifax as part of an individual’s credit history.

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IAF Begins Partnership with LIFT Philanthropy Partners

July 7,2017

LIFT-CMYK smallImmigrant Access Fund Canada is excited to announce the start of a two-year partnership with LIFT Philanthropy Partners. IAF and LIFT have partnered to support IAF’s efforts to significantly increase the availability of its character-based micro loans for immigrants and refugees in need across Canada.

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IAF Canada Announces its New Loan Management Team

May 19, 2017

Loan Management TeamImmigrant Access Fund Canada (IAF) is excited to announce the formation of its Loan Management team as of May 23, 2017. This team is dedicated to managing and overseeing all of IAF’s loans to ensure IAF is delivering timely and high-quality client service, and that Loan Recipients are well supported as they complete their licensing/training plans and repay their loans.

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Every Woman Can: The Maria Eriksen Memorial Bursary

May 11, 2017

MariaEriksenThe Calgary Foundations is currently accepting applications for the Every Woman Can: The Maria Eriksen Bursary which supports the professional development of immigrant women in Alberta. There are three bursaries available at approximately $2,000 each. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2017.

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IAF Canada Appoints New CEO to Lead Expansion Plans

February 27, 2017

claudiaImmigrant Access Fund Canada (IAF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Claudia Hepburn as IAF’s first Chief Executive Officer. The creation of this new top leadership position at IAF is a reflection of the organization’s growth in prominence, relevance and geographic reach across the country. Ms. Hepburn’s experience building innovative, national organizations makes her uniquely qualified to lead IAF’s new, ambitious strategy for rapid growth and serve many more immigrants nation-wide.

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Immigrant Access Fund Canada Joins the Magnet Network

February 22, 2017

placeit-5Immigrant Access Fund Canada (IAF) is pleased to join the Magnet Network, a social initiative founded by Ryerson University in partnership with Ontario Chamber of Commerce, to address significant employment challenges in Canada.

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IAF Invited to Appear Before the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities

February 17, 2017

MedicineHat2Immigrant Access Fund has been invited to appear before the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities as part of its study of poverty reduction strategies. Read the full statement delivered by Vanessa Desa, Vice-Chair, with Dianne Fehr, Vice President, in Medicine Hat.

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MP Ahmed Hussen, former Somali refugee, Appointed as New IRCC Minister

January 11, 2017

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Dianne Fehr, Immigrant Access Fund Canada, Named 2016 RBC
Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award Finalist

October 5, 2016

rbc_women-of-influence_-canadian-women-entrepreneur-awards_rgbImmigrant Access Fund Canada (IAF) is proud to announce that Dianne Fehr, Executive Director, has been named a Finalist for the 2016 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards for the Social Change Category. The RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards are the pre-eminent national business awards recognizing the country’s leading female entrepreneurs.

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IAF Announces New Loan Product for Refugees

June 20, 2016

DF1IAF Canada’s board of directors have approved a new program: a micro loan specifically for refugees in Canada. Refugees can apply for a loan at no interest cost to them, with the interest funded through donations from the community. The new loan will be based on IAF’s current micro loan product and will offer up to $10,000 for licensing and/or training in their field.

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Edmonton Community Foundation Guarantees $2-million for IAF Micro Loans

June 9, 2016


The Edmonton Community Foundation has made $2 million in loan capital available to Immigrant Access Fund Canada (IAF). This social finance arrangement, which adds $2 million in security against IAF’s line of credit, will enable thousands of Canada’s immigrants including refugees to access funds to pay for the licensing and/or training they require to work in their field in Canada.

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