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Welcoming Communities Project

The West Kootenay Boundary "Welcoming Communities Partnership" was created to support the development and stewardship of the region to attract, welcome, engage and retain Newcomers by working together as a mutually supportive and collaborative network focused on undertaking coordinated strategic action through our respective organizations, individually and in concert, to achieve our collective vision and enrich the social fabric of our communities.

The concept of welcomemap.ca was developed in collaboration with partners throughout the Kootenay / Boundary Region. Important information will be provided for newcomers to our communities in an easily accessible format helping them to find services and information with ease.

Our partners believe increased awareness and support for newcomers, through education, will increase our community´s ability to contribute to a sense of belonging and inclusion for newcomers.

By ensuring the availability of necessary services, resources and support our communities will provide the best possible experience to newcomers when joining our communities.

This partnership aims to continuously improve and maintain an inclusive, welcoming and vibrant community environment where cultural diversity is valued and celebrated and where newcomers can realize their full potential free from racism and discrimination.

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You can download the essential information from this site in an easy access pdf format.

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Community Resource Tools

Welcomemap.ca includes relevant, community specific information on Castlegar, Grand Forks, Greenwood, Nelson, Rossland and Trail.Essential services and community resources are featured, that newcomers may require easy access to for daily living.

There are over 100 First Contacts located throughout the West Kootenay Boundary area. Our First Contacts are service providers and organizations that have been identified and trained by one of our many partners, The Trail Skills Centre, and sponsored by the Province of BC´s Welcoming and Inclusive Communities and Work Places Program. As the name suggests our First Contacts are identified services and organizations newcomers are most likely to visit first in their new communities.