Immigrating: Connecting People, Building Communities
Brampton Multicultural Community Centre (BMC) is a leading newcomer serving organization in Peel region. The organization was established in 1987 by a team of passionate community workers. They offer a wide range of settlement services to help newcomers settle in Mississauga and Brampton. Their services include employment facilitation, community orientation and referrals, computer classes and translation and interpretation.
As part of the employment services, Canadian newcomers have the opportunity to learn many successful ways to find jobs and achieve their employment goals. For example, they learn how to write winning resumes, prepare for job interviews and network with other people. In community referrals, users are referred to other community resources to find accurate answers for their settlement questions. BMC’s settlement workers are regularly working with newcomers and community partners to enhance newcomers’ access to housing, health, education and government services and information. To connect better with their clients, they speak many languages, including English, French, African, Spanish, Tamil, Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi, Farsi, Arabic and Gujarati.
To meet the changing demography of Peel region, they offer their services at three locations including West Mississauga (3190 Ridgeway Drive, Unit 35), Brampton North (150 Central Park Drive, suite 107) and Brampton South (197 County Court Blvd, suite 303). Furthermore, their settlement workers are working from schools and libraries in Brampton city. They help newcomer youth, parents and families to understand the education system in Ontario, insure their academic success and strengthen their contributions to the larger community in Peel region. The presence of their settlement workers in schools and libraries is helping teachers and library workers to communicate better with newcomer families in Brampton city and meet their needs.
All in all, the top priority at BMC is to strive for the best for their newcomer clients. Dima Amad, BMC’s Manager of Programs and Services says, “More precisely, we always try to adopt inclusive and flexible practices to save clients time and effort, and above all do whatever it takes to provide them with meaningful settlement experiences within our changing society.”
BMC receives funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the provincial government, the Region of Peel and United Way of Peel.