The Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council (RIAC) helps newcomers find a place of safety and opportunity in Newfoundland and Labrador. We also work to expand the community’s understanding of the issues surrounding immigration, refugees and cultural diversity.
Building on a long history, RIAC helps newcomers handle many challenges as they settle into meaningful and productive lives – challenges such as navigating an unfamiliar culture and society, gaining fluency in a new language, and finding adequate housing and job opportunities.
RIAC is unique in St. John’s. A grassroots organization that was born from the community it serves, RIAC is a settlement service provider that is non-governmental, not-for-profit, and driven by the needs of the community.
We seek to strengthen ties between newcomers and local services and institutions.
The organization has helped countless refugee claimants, asylum seekers, temporary foreign workers, students, and others find their voices and make their homes in Newfoundland and Labrador. Our programs and services fill an important gap for the refugees and immigrants that come to make Canada their home.
Engaging the Community
RIAC also wants to engage everyone in building inclusive, respectful communities by promoting understanding and dialogue, and fostering these universally positive values:
• We foster diversity, value our members and their contributions and treat them with dignity, care, and respect.
• We recognize the centrality of family, community, and belonging in our changing province.
• We value and support members by honouring their stories and experience.
• We encourage socially responsible decision making.
RIAC is an active participant in the Coalition on Richer Diversity (CORD), which hosts events to encourage diversity, the exchange of opinions, and to build a stronger community. Learn more about CORD