Inland Refugee Society of British Columbia
A non-profit, non-governmental agency dedicated to assisting families and individuals seeking refugee protection in Canada.
Since 1984, IRS-BC has addressed poverty, hunger, homelessness and social integration amongst refugee claimant newcomers in Metro Vancouver.
The purpose of IRS-BC is to assist and support refugee claimants in meeting their immediate needs and in adapting to their new home. The activities the Society carries out to fulfill its purpose include:
- Providing or arranging for basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter and transportation.
- Providing orientation and information about life in Canada and making referrals where applicable.
- Raise awareness of refugee issues around the world and Canada.
Inland Refugee Society is part of the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR), the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies Services (AMSSA), and the CCR’s National Housing Group. And locally, co-chairs the Housing Working Group of the Canadian Red Cross First Contact program. We also work with the Bridge Community Health Clinic to provide a Community Kitchen program for refugees.