Refugee Immigrant Advisory Council


50 Harbour Drive
Neal Building, Second Floor
St. John’s, NL A1C 6J4

Tel:  (709) 754-4122               Website:
Fax:  (709) 754-4102              Email:


To create a community that is inclusive and free of prejudice; that celebrates the diversity of all its members; and that supports the rights of all people to enjoy freedom from persecution, danger and oppression.

Target Population:

Refugees and immigrants, international students, temporary foreign workers, family members, and newcomers from anywhere in the world, including other parts of Canada.

Highlight of Programs / Services Offered:

Through our services and supports, we enable and empower people of diverse origins in making Newfoundland and Labrador their home; and try to enrich the province by facilitating cultural sharing across communities, sectors and institutions. The RIAC fulfills their mandate via four major programs:

Advice: We facilitate participation, rather than integration, of refugees and immigrants in our communities. We also offer advice and guidance on a variety of community needs, including:

  • Legal and financial consultations
  • Business incorporation
  • Job skills and placement
  • Translation services
  • Immigration and citizenship assistance

Awareness and Diversity: We aim to enrich our communities. We do so through a variety of outreach and awareness programs such as:

  • Events
  • Community activities
  • The Coalition for Richer Diversity (CORD)
  • Solution groups: from employment to mental health and others
  • Promotion, awareness and acceptance of diversity
  • Our “Art Gallery” hosts refugee and immigrant artwork

ESL Language Help: Our English as a Second Language Help Program will provide newcomers with the skills to be able to live an independent and productive life in Canada. There is no prerequisite or registration procedure-the service is free for everyone that needs it.

  • ESL Help Service
  • Conversation Partner Program

Volunteer and Internship: We enhance our own operations at every possible opportunity. We have a dedicated team of staff and volunteers, who through ongoing training programs are constantly learning and growing in their roles, to find the best way possible to deliver our services and programming to our members and the community at large.

  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Internship opportunities