Halifax (Canada)

A City’s good practice towards the elimination of discrimination

Within the framework of the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination Ten Point Plan of Action, The City of Halifax offers a series of English language resources for residents. This material can be found at Public Libraries across the City. The libraries recognised the need for such a resource for communities, traditionally under-served by other public resources. In association with community partners and volunteers, the Halifax Public Libraries designed and developed programmes to address the needs of their clients. The programme is very accessible, being located within public libraries. The English Language Learning programme was established in 1998.

Halifax Public Libraries offer an English Language Learning programme at six local branches, thanks to a grant from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration. According to the funding guidelines, this programme targets permanent residents of Canada, Canadian citizens born outside of Canada, foreign nationals temporarily residing in Nova Scotia and persons designated as ‘Protected’ under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. The programme offers individualised programmes for student participants that focus on developing conversational and social language skills. It offers trainings that are adapted to the needs of the students, depending on their level. It is an opportunity for individuals who are isolated to get to know the library system, and in so doing, municipal public services. In 2010/2011, the programme ran 351 sessions and supported 298 students with the assistance of 204 volunteers.

City Information
The City of Halifax is the capital of the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. It had a 2006 census population of 372,679. Agriculture, fishing, mining, forestry and natural gas extraction are major resource industries found in the rural areas of Halifax.

Halifax has been a member of the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination since September 2006.

For more information, please visit: www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca

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