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Centre for Newcomers offering services for Immigrants during COVID-19 pandemic

Last Updated Apr 17, 2020 at 6:37 pm MDT

People take the citizenship oath at Pier 21 immigration centre in Halifax on Saturday, July 1, 2017. How many newcomers Canada will admit next year - and in the years ahead - will be revealed Wednesday as the federal immigration minister puts forward his plan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adina Bresge

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the world, new people coming to Canada may be feeling some stress during this time.

However, The Centre for Newcomers is still offering online services for immigrants to help relieve some of that stress.

Anila Lee Yuen, President and CEO of The Centre of Newcomers, says those coming from war-torn or impoverished areas may have some past experiences.

“There is a real resiliency and a real experience there that I think the rest of us that haven’t really faced that type of adversity before can really learn from. The other pieces, of course, is related to a number of Calgarians are facing right now regardless of whether they are newcomers or not.”

On top of the general worries some may have about health, Yuen says food security and a lack of technology are the main concerns.

“Their children don’t have the ability to do their schoolwork for example and in the newcomer’s space – we have 180 clients that don’t have any kind of technology to do online English classes or be able to connect with the world.”