Applications Open for the 2018 Maria Eriksen Memorial Bursary
June 12, 2018
The bursary funds professional development or technical training at an accredited institution to support the successful transition of an individual’s life in Canada. Five bursaries of $2,000 will be awarded.
IAF Selected as First Participant in LIFT Philanthropy Partners’ New Initiative: Better Beginnings, Bigger Impact
May 28, 2018
Better Beginnings, Bigger Impact is an initiative to grow immigrant-serving organizations who deliver real change to newcomers.
Online Mentorship Program, Canada InfoNet, Connects Canadian Mentors to the World
May 22, 2018
Canada InfoNet connects internationally educated professionals with occupation-specific online mentoring and career-related resources.
Mentorship Contributes to Larger Cycle of Success Among Newcomers
May 22, 2018
Charles Osuji kick-started his career in Canada by finding a mentor through the Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council (CRIEC). Now he’s a mentor, too.
An Introduction to Mentoring for Newcomer Professionals
May 22, 2018
The benefits of mentorship are manifold. Learn how taking this small step can have a huge impact on your professional career.
IAF Receives Supporting Grant from the Hamilton Community Foundation
March 29, 2018
IAF extends sincere thanks to the Hamilton Community Foundation for their recent, generous contribution…
Internationally Educated Engineers and Geoscientists Obtain Help to Pass Their Licensing Exams
March 21, 2018
How study groups offered by Directions for Immigrants have aided 83% of their participants in passing licensing exams.
Why Soft Skills Matter
March 20, 2018
Valerie Gow, Program Coordinator of Business Edge at the Rotman School of Management, shares how possessing soft skills can propel one’s career forward.
Engineer-in-Training Licensure Information for Internationally Educated Applicants
March 19, 2018
As a newcomer engineer, you may find the context of professional regulation in Canada confusing. The Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) explains the process.
Calgary Foundation Supports IAF Through Organization Transformation Grant Program
March 1, 2018
IAF is pleased to announce that we recently received support from the Calgary Foundation through the Organization Transformation Grant program…
How to Build an Achievement Focused Resume
January 15, 2018
Resume layout is incredibly important, but the real heart of a resume are the bullet points under each job title. To build an achievement focused resume, you need to go beyond merely listing the tasks and responsibilities…
The Advantages of Cover Letters
January 15, 2018
A cover letter isn’t the place to summarize your resume – it’s the place to talk about your passion, the things you have learned, and how both will contribute to meeting the challenges of the job…
Newcomer Volunteer Connections in Saskatoon
November 15, 2017
The 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.
Volunteering – An Investment of Time
November 15, 2017
Settling 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.
‘Do Some Good’ app Makes Volunteering Easier
November 15, 2017
Volinspire’s new Do Some Good app connects people, charitable organizations, and businesses to make a meaningful impact in communities all across Canada.Read more
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.
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
Read more (article from Globe and Mail)
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.