|The Kramer Imax Theatre located at the Saskatchewan Science Centre in the renovated former Regina powerhouse on the north shore of east Wascana Lake (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
The City of Regina has received $30,000 from the federal and provincial governments to launch welcometoregina.ca, which aims to help new immigrants settle in the city.
"It's very important," Jeremy Harrison, Saskatchewan's Minister responsible for immigration, said. "Newcomers often have some very, very real challenges being brand new in Canada, brand new in Saskatchewan, and brand new in Regina."
Harrison added the site contains information that many people who have always lived here may take for granted, such as where to shop for groceries. He said the site was created with help from newcomer groups like the Regina Open Door Society, who provided further insight on what new immigrants to Regina often want and need to know.
'Newcomers often have some very, very real challenges.'- Jeremy Harrison
Regina city councillor Shawn Fraser was also on hand for the website's launch. He said it's a good step toward helping people fit in to the city, but citizens can always do more to make people feel welcome.
"That means going out of our way, if you can, to introduce yourself to your neighbours, to help people out," Fraser said. "Open Door Society is a great way to get involved. There's lots of opportunities around the city to welcome new Canadians."
The money for the website is administered through Citizenship and Immigration Canada, through an agreement between the federal and provincial governments. It allows for grants toward cities and municipalities that want to provide online information for immigrants.
Harrison said Saskatoon, Yorkton, and Moose Jaw have also received help for websites similar to the one created for people arriving in Regina.