BMO invests in newcomer success in Manitoba

June 22, 2023

RRC Polytech’s Language Training Centre has become the Centre for Newcomer Integration, with support from a generous donation of $300,000 from BMO Financial Group.

The newly renamed Centre builds on the LTC’s strong foundation and successful reputation. The funding from BMO — announced yesterday alongside an unveiling of the Centre’s new signage — will allow staff to explore new opportunities to engage stakeholders, expand partnerships and align support services based on client needs.

“BMO’s recognition of the positive impact that RRC Polytech is making in the settlement sector, and their eagerness to invest in our ability to help prepare newcomers both linguistically and culturally to contribute quickly to Manitoba’s economy, is a source of tremendous pride — and a demonstration of the power of partnership,” says Fred Meier, RRC Polytech’s President and CEO.

“This generous gift will allow us to build on the success of our language training programs and better coordinate with our partners and stakeholders to ease the transition into Manitoba’s communities and workplaces for newcomers.”

With a priority of opening doors through strategic community engagement, the Centre offers a variety of services to help newcomers successfully settle and contribute to Manitoba’s communities and workplaces through language and communication training, employment preparation services and support services such as community building events, short-term counseling, and referrals to partner organizations. This work will evolve as additional partnerships with stakeholders are established.

“BMO is committed to making progress for a thriving economy, and a sustainable and inclusive society,” says Kristen Kennedy, BMO’s Regional Vice-President, Personal Banking, Prairies Central Region. “RRC Polytech’s Centre for Newcomer Integration will provide newcomers to Canada with valuable resources to help them find employment opportunities and achieve real financial progress.”

Located in Manitou a bi Bii daziigae, in Winnipeg’s Exchange District, the Centre assists more than 2,500 students every year in building English language, cultural communication,and academic skills to further their education, training and employment goals.

“Thank you to BMO for supporting students on journeys similar to mine. I’m a newcomer from Ukraine and I can say — from myself and from other newcomers who attended these courses — how important it is to have this support and a comfortable place to learn,” says RRC Polytech student Valeriia Bielous.

“You can get help not only with learning English but with making adjustments to a culture and to a new workplace. It was an amazing experience for me during the studying process, where we learned a lot about Canadian society, and during my volunteer work placement at the Manitoba Construction Sector Council, where I’m happy to be working currently.”

RRC Polytech is committed to collaborations that provide opportunities for Manitobans to strengthen our province. BMO’s investment in the College’s In Front of What’s Ahead campaign is an excellent example of a partnership that amplifies the College’s impact, deepens our relationship with industry and supports long-term student success.

“By working together, we are setting everyone up for success,” says Meier. “With BMO’s support, the Centre for Newcomer Integration will remove barriers and provide access to the resources newcomers need to build a bright and promising future right here in Manitoba.”

RRC Polytech campuses are located on the lands of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininew, Dakota, and Dené, and the National Homeland of the Red River Métis.

We recognize and honour Treaty 3 Territory Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, the source of Winnipeg’s clean drinking water. In addition, we acknowledge Treaty Territories which provide us with access to electricity we use in both our personal and professional lives.

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