Local Priorities

This area contains information that aligns with, and informs, the local priorities identified by the newcomer community and other stakeholders (Employment, Childcare, Education, Canadian Daily Living). New information will be added on an ongoing basis.  


Regina Settlement Service map developed by SAISIA - (Saskatchewan Association of Immigrant Settlement and Integration Agencies). information about settlement services for newcomers available in Regina - including employment training and services, language assessment and language classes, social connections, etc.


Employment Priority

The Economic Integration of Refugees in Canada: A Mixed Record? by Lori Wilkinson and Joseph Garcea  April 2017. This report provides an overview of the key components and features of the Canadian refugee resettlement system, and examines available data on the labor-market integration and outcomes of refugees, including by resettlement pathway.

The Upstream Economy - A Generational Dialogue for Transformative Change-#transformSask - 2017 Saskatchewan-sourced ideas based on consultation and discussion, with 45 calls to action in the areas of leadership, health, education, diversity and the economy

Saskatchewan Small Business Profile 2017 -Government of Saskatchewan -Statistics and information on the large impact of small businesses on the economy of Saskatchewan in 2016. 

Mentoring Practices in Europe and North America: Strategies for Improving Immigrants' Employment Outcomes By Milica Petrovic Jan 2015.  Mentoring—an experienced individual coaching or advising a more junior partner or peer—is increasingly recognized in Europe as a tool for advancing the labor market integration of disadvantaged individuals, including immigrants. 


Sask. Social Enterprise Sector Survey - 2015  Among its many findings was that 59% of social enterprises in Saskatchewan operate to achieve a cultural mission.The report was supported in part by the Community Initiatives Fund.

Creating the Conditions for Economic Growth: Tools for People, Businesses and Communities - Dec. 2016 42nd Parliament, 1st Session - Report of the Standing Committee on Finance. Many recommendations in the areas of health,education, skills training, taxes, business, etc., with specific recommendations regarding newcomers 

Tracking Brain Waste among Immigrant Professionals: Initiatives to Improve the Recognition of Foreign Qualifications- webinar Dec 12, 2013 This panel discussion focuses on the circulation of skilled immigrant professionals and the recognition of foreign qualifications in the United States and Europe.

Workplace:  Resources that assist with understanding workplace challenges - for employers and newcomer employees

The Paul Holmes Workplace Integration Desk Reference – Overview of Canadian workplace culture expectations and challenges for newcomers  - 

Norquest Navigating the Interview resource –  by Norquest College

Critical Incidents for Intercultural Communication in the Workplace  - by Norquest College


Childcare Priority

Licensed Child Care is regulated and monitored by the Ministry of Education.

Licensed centres and family child care homes meet and maintain specific standards, including:

  • maintaining a proper child-to-caregiver ratio based on the age of the child;
  • following recommendations by Early Learning and Child Care Consultants; and
  • undergoing regular checks and annual license review.

Unlicensed family child care homes are not monitored by the Ministry of Education, but they are expected to follow the regulations regarding the child to caregiver ratio(a maximum of eight children. Five of these children may be infants, toddlers, and pre-school children of which only two may be infants and toddlers. If three infants and toddlers are in care, all other children must be of school age).  If you have any concerns, please contact your Child Care Regional Office or call toll free 1-855-824-9419.

Regina Child Care Centres -(registered and licensed by the Government of Saskatchewan) pdf list - updated regularly

Regina Child Care - in homes(registered and licensed by the Government of Saskatchewan) pdf list - updated regularly

Parents using either licensed services may be eligible for a Child Care Subsidy to help with child care fees. 

The Child Care Subsidy - download a government information page here

  • is a monthly subsidy that is available to families to help them with the costs of licensed child care.
  • Subsidies vary depending on income, and payments are sent directly to the licensed child care centre. 
  • Parents are still responsible for paying the amount of the difference between the fee and the amount of the subsidy.
  • Families must apply for the subsidy - it is not automatic
  • Download the Child Care Subsidy application form here:
  • to submit the completed application form or for more information:
  • Email: or take the form to
    • Child Care Subsidy Office
    • P.O. Box 2405, Station Main
    • Regina, SK S4P 3V6
    • Fax: 306-787-4155
    • Phone: 306-787-4114 or 1-800-667-7155


Saskatchewan's Early Years Plan - 2016 - 2020


Quality for Whom? Supporting Diverse Children and Workers in Early Childhood Quality Rating and Improvement Systems - August 2017.  By Julie Sugarman and Maki Park. An MPI Report.  Drawing on interviews with practitioners and examples of best practice from across the country, it offers state decisionmakers a range of strategies that can be used to ensure QRIS (Quality Rating and Improvement Systems) are accessible, fair, and more accurately capture and value program elements needed to effectively serve culturally and linguistically diverse children and families. Although a US study, helpful info for Canadian best practises can be gleaned.  


Education Priority - Language Learning Opportunities

LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada). LINC is funded by the Government of Canada. Newcomer Permanent Residents (refugees and some immigrants are eligible for the language training - but once they become Canadian citizens, they are no longer eligible). 

In Regina, language assessment for all LINC programs is done at LARC (Language Assessment and Referral Centre)

100-2445 13th Avenue

Regina, SK, S4P 0W1

Telephone: 306-525-5272 (LARC)


Assessments will place language learners at a level on the Canadian Language Benchmarks scale.  For more information on the CLB, click here

LINC is funded by the Government of Canada. Newcomer Permanent Residents (refugees and some immigrants are eligible for the language training - but once they become Canadian citizens, they are no longer eligible). 

To be elgible, newcomers must:

  • be a permanent resident or Convention Refugee;
  • be eighteen (18) years or older;
  • be assessed at levels Literacy to CLB  on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Placement Test 

To understand what skills are evident at each CLB level, click here for document 

To understand skills evident at CLB Literacy levels, click here


3 organizations provide LINC classes in Regina, at various CLB levels: 

Regina Open Door Society (RODS) (CLB Literacy to CLB 4)

Sask Polytechnic (CLB 4 to CLB 8)

Univeristy of Regina (CLB Literacy to CLB 4)


Stage 1 and 2 Language programs: Classes and Online
Stage 1 and 2 is funded by the Government of Saskatchewan, and is available in classes or online for eligible Canadian citizens and Temporary Workers.  Language assessment for these programs is done at the Newcomer Welcome Centre (NWC) in Regina.

Newcomer Welcome Centre / Regina Open Door Society
1st floor - 2332 – 11th Avenue
Regina, SK S4P 0K1
Telephone: 306- 352-5775
Fax: (306) 352-5011
Website: http://reginanewcomercentre.ca

To be eligible for the Stage 1 & 2 English Program clients must:

  • be temporary residents or the spouse or dependant(s) of temporary residents;
  • be permanent residents or Canadian citizens who are not eligible for or cannot access federally-funded classes;
  • be eighteen (18) years or older;
  • be in Canada for no longer than eight (8) years;
  • be assessed at levels 1-6 on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Placement Test;

3 Organizations in Regina provide Stage 1 and 2 classes (some with childcare provided)

Regina Immigrant Women Centre (RIWC)

Regina Open Door Society (RODS)

McTavish Centre 

Online English Stage 1 - 2

Online English Stage 1 - 2 is a free English language training program for eligible Canadian citizens and Temporary Workers who cannot attend regular classes. Students study online or by correspondence and work one-on-one with a TESL-certified instructor each week. The minimum entry benchmarks are CLB 3 for listening and speaking and CLB 2 for reading and writing. 

Online English Stage 1 - 2 is funded by the Government of Saskatchewan and delivered by the Centre for Education & Training through LEAD (Language Education at a Distance).

Information about Online Enlgish stage 1 and 2 here


Informal English Learning Opportunities (Conversation Circles and Group Tutoring Sessions)

In Regina, there are numerous opportunities to practise speaking English - at different times of the day, on different days, and in different parts of the city.  Some are in librairies, others in churches, schools or other buildings.  All are free.

See a list of Regina's Practise Speaking English (Conversation Circles) here


Canadian Daily Living Priority

EAL Healthy Eating Toolkit - a resource for teaching English as an Additional Language (Canadian Language Benchmark Phase 1 & Canadian Language Benchmark 1)