What does it take for newcomers to get traction in our community these days? Our youth, as well as new arrivals to Powell River or to Canada need support that will enable them to build flourishing families, careers and social networks.
In 2014, the unemployment rate for youth aged 15-24 in the North Shore/Coast Garibaldi health region, which includes Powell River, was 11.4%, compared to 11.6% for BC and 13.5% for Canada. This is an improvement over 2010 when the local rate was 14.3% compared to 13.9% for BC and 14.9% for Canada.
New Immigrant Unemployment
The unemployment rate for new immigrants (in Canada 5 years or less) is consistently about double that for the population as a whole. In 2014 the new immigrant unemployment rate was 12.5% in BC compared to 6.1% overall, and in Canada was 12.9% compared to 6.9%. These rates are improvements over 2010, when the unemployment rate for new immigrants in BC was 13.2% compared to the overall unemployment rate of 7.6%. In Canada in 2010, the new immigrant rate was 15.7% compared to 8.1% overall.
Newcomers to Powell River
Between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014, Powell River’s population decreased by 72 persons due to natural changes (births minus deaths) and out migration. The area lost 6 people through international migration during this period, but gained 4 from within BC and 29 from other parts of Canada. During the 10 year period ending on June 30, 2014, natural changes caused a decrease of 707 people in Powell River. 92 people came here from other countries, and 254 from other parts of Canada, but 76 left for other places in BC. This resulted in a net population decrease of 437 over that period.
From the Survey …
How easy is it for youth and young families in Powell River to become part of the community?
How easy is it for immigrants to Powell River to become part of the community?
Comparing the effort required for young families and immigrants, survey responders think that it’s quite a lot easier for a young family to find its place in the community than it is for immigrants.
Tutoring and Support
Powell River Immigrant Services offers services to newcomers. Its Immigrant Services Office provides information and referral, consultation and crisis support, assisted access to services, and assistance with documents and forms. It helps run The Learning Centre, where it provides ESL tutoring and Parents’ Group, community orientation sessions and workshops, bridging resources for community services, cultural celebrations and social events. Powell River Immigrant Services can be contacted at (604) 485-2004 or immigrant firstname.lastname@example.org.