IAF Begins Partnership with LIFT Philanthropy Partners
Immigrant 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.
IAF Canada Announces its New Loan Management Team
May 19, 2017
Immigrant 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.
Every Woman Can: The Maria Eriksen Memorial Bursary
May 11, 2017
The 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.
IAF Canada Appoints New CEO to Lead Expansion Plans
February 27, 2017
Immigrant 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.
Immigrant Access Fund Canada Joins the Magnet Network
February 22, 2017
Immigrant 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.
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
Immigrant 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.
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
Immigrant 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.
IAF Announces New Loan Product for Refugees
June 20, 2016
IAF 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.
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.