Launch of 45for45 Donations Matching Campaign

In 1979, a small group of local community members gathered to sponsor Vietnamese refugees. They formed the Peterborough Newcomer Language Orientation Committee (PNLOC) in order to welcome and provide support to refugees. This group eventually grew into the New Canadians Centre, offering expanded services to immigrants and refugees and multicultural programming open to the community.

This year, the New Canadians Centre is celebrating 45 years of Bringing People Together. At this important milestone, we are launching the #45for45 donation campaign – with the goal of raising $45,000 in donations towards programs and services that welcome and support newcomers to Canada. The newest of these is the Life Skills Program which empowers recent newcomers who need extra support.

The #45for45 donation campaign runs during the month of June. An anonymous donor has stepped forward to match each dollar raised up to a total of $45,000. This means that every dollar raised will have double the impact.

Dr. Armand La Barge and his wife Denise are monthly donors and long-time supporters of the New Canadians Centre. “We have witnessed firsthand the incredible work its dedicated team of staff and volunteers do to help immigrants, refugees and other newcomers feel included, valued and empowered. As proud Canadians, we can’t think of anything more Canadian than helping newcomers to our city feel welcome and at home.”

In 2023-2024, the New Canadians Centre supported over 2,000 newcomers on their settlement journey in Canada. This was the highest number of clients in our 45-year history – and a 50% increase over the previous year. Newcomers were represented across a broad stream of immigration pathways, underlying the complexity of their settlement journeys. They arrived from 104 source countries and spoke 76 languages.

Donations can be made online through, by cheque made out to “New Canadians Centre” or e-transfer to [email protected]. A tally of funds raised will be announced in early July 2024.