Our greatest strength lies in our partnerships with the local community in supporting newcomers as they arrive. From tax advice to guitar lessons to family integration, our network of volunteers share their skills and passions with our new arrivals, providing services and building friendships as they go. Click here for some examples of our Community Partnership programs.
Income Tax Sessions and Legal Seminars
Imagine filing your taxes in a new country for the first time in a language you haven’t yet mastered, or dealing the laws affecting your new business, your home ownership or your human rights.
To help with these complexities MAGMA hosts information sessions for our clients. Volunteer tax experts from from Canada Revenue guide them through the complexities of first-time filing, and local lawyer and former MAGMA president Jack Haller provides legal seminars open to all, fielding questions from every imaginable field of law
Dressing the part is a rite of passage for those entering the workforce, and it can make all the difference between landing the job of your dreams and winding up part of a set of statistics.
With 7 out of 10 newcomers underemployed compared to their education and experience, we need to give our clients every possible opportunity to overcome the barriers between them and success. Otherwise, we run the risk of losing the skills and knowledge they have to other regions, and with businesses struggling to find high-skilled labour locally, that’s a recipe for economic problems.
Fortunately, thanks to the incredible generosity of Moores Clothing for Men, MAGMA has been chosen as the local recipient of their clothing drive for the last four years running, giving our clients access to a huge range of suits, shirts, blazers, ties and more in their quest to look the part as they enter the Canadian workforce.
Part of MAGMA’s mandate is to assist new immigrants and refugees in their orientation and adaptation to their new environment. Organizing fun social events, where newcomers can socialize and build ties with their community, is a great opportunity to fulfill this goal.
Our Learn to Camp event, presented by Parks Canada and Mountain Equipment Co-op at Fundy National Park allows MAGMA clients to discover the joys of a real camping experience with their family and friends. Workshops and activities offers a chance to learn basic camping skills and discover the wealth of experiences available when visiting Canada’s treasured places.
An enormous amount of gratitude goes out to Parks Canada who assists with funding, and goes above and beyond to accommodate our team.
The same goes to Scouts Canada for their help and their great assistance throughout the entire process. The enthusiasm and professionalism of all teams involved truly make this weekend memorable, filling it with laughter and smiles.