Oak Bay Welcome House

The District of Oak Bay and VIRCS have teamed up to provide welcoming new homes for refugees!

Transitional Housing for Refugees on Beautiful Vancouver Island!

 

Managed by the Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre Society.

In partnership with the District of Oak Bay.

A place where refugees to Canada can start their new lives, receive comprehensive supports, and make meaningful community connections.

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    SERVICES

Support Group

Ensuring successful integration into the community.

Our transitional accommodation model was developed with help from the wonderful people at the successful Kinbrace Houses in Vancouver, BC.  The Oak Bay community has kindly welcomed this project and we are deeply fortunate to have many volunteers from Oak Bay who are committed to the welcoming of refugees in their scenic neighbourhood.

English Class

English Language Assistance

Residents will be able to learn more about enrolling in English language courses at a local organization. There will also be opportunities to practice with neighbours, volunteers, and other residents of the OBWH.

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Employment Services

As part of our employment services, our employment coordinator will be happy to assist with finding a job, giving advice on creating job applications, helping to submit application online, and more. You can be assured you will be presenting yourself well when you apply with our experts.

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Food & Nutrition

Community members and OBWH residents can learn and share their dishes in fun workshops.

This will be a collaboration where residents, community members, and volunteers can learn from one another and share.

Oak Bay Welcome House

Application for Transitional Housing for Refugees in Oak Bay, British Columbia

For a single or double room. Two people per room maximum. Email obwh@vircs.bc.ca for help or questions.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

 

Please note that a maximum of 2 residents can apply for housing at the Oak Bay Welcome House on Monterey Ave. If there are two applicants, enter the information in the same order throughout the application. ‘A’ is the primary applicant and ‘B’ is the additional candidate.

How many applicants are there?

AUTHORIZED CONTACT

 

If you would you like to designate an authorized representative to update your file and complete documentation on your behalf, provide the following information:

By providing an authorized contact, you are giving permission to VIRCS to exchange information with the authorized contact person in order to maintain and update your file. To remove an authorized contact, please contact obwh@vircs.bc.ca

IMMIGRATION STATUS

Please note that this program is open only to refugees. If you are not a refugee or a refugee claimant, you are not eligible. Options include the following: Refugee Claimant (RC), Government-Assisted Refugee (GAR), Privately-Sponsored Refugee (PSR), Blended Sponsored Refugee (BSR)*

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FAMILY INFORMATION

Please provide information about your immediate or closest family members, such as their names, where they live, what they do for work, and any other details you’d like to provide:

INCOME​

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EDUCATION

INDICATE THE LEVEL OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY FOR EACH APPLICANT

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EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Please list the employment history of each applicant, beginning with the current or most recent job.

APPLICANT A.

APPLICANT B.

VOLUNTEERING

Are you interested in participating in volunteer opportunities? Please describe. (Please note, this is apart from the regular maintenance and upkeep of the Oak Bay House)

MEDICAL INFORMATION​

Please provide medical details for all applicants. If more space is needed, see the Additional Notes section at the end of this application

Applicant A.
Applicant B.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

Please provide information of people who we should contact in case of an emergency

DECLARATIONS & SIGNATURES

Please provide information of people who we should contact in case of an emergency

I/We declare that the information provided above is true to the best of our knowledge.

 

I/We agree to follow the House Rule and commit to the Resettlement Plan, and work in close communication with any case managers or VIRCS staff that may be necessary to facilitate the realization of the Plan.

 

I/We understand that this is transitional housing for a maximum of 9 months, during which time I/we will work to attain employment and housing elsewhere.

 

I/We will work in close communication with VIRCS staff to inform them of our progress towards this end, and to inform them of any additional support I/we need.

 

I/We understand that we are expected to behave in such a way as to allow the other tenants of the Oak Bay Welcome House to live in quiet enjoyment of their units, and to not cause undue hardship on them or on the neighbours or businesses of the neighbourhood. This means refraining from causing excessive noise, being aggressive or violent, or using profanity.
 

I/We agree to participate in a chores schedule and to contribute to the Oak Bay Welcome House’s maintenance and upkeep.

 

I/We agree to properly maintain our units during our time at Oak Bay Welcome House, including sweeping the floors, doing the laundry, making the bed, refraining from eating in the unit, and any other duties that may be required to maintain the unit.

 

I/We agree to treat all residents and neighbours with respect.

Thanks for submitting!