Kamloops Immigrant Services (KIS) provides the assistance necessary for immigrants, visible minorities, and first-generation Canadians and their families to become full and equal members of Canadian Society.
KIS is an agency devoted to welcoming immigrants and newcomers to Kamloops and the surrounding areas. This agency is administered by Kamloops Cariboo Regional Immigrants society – a registered non-profit society and charity. KIS provides a host of confidential services free to eligible participants. Our primary goal is to support newcomers to settle into the community and assist with integration into Canadian society through a welcoming and inclusive philosophy.
In March 1980, the Kamloops Chinese Cultural Associations responded to the need for settlement assistance for the large numbers of South East Asian refugees who were arriving in Kamloops. The Vietnamese and Immigrants’ Community Center was opened, with a staff of two. Many will remember this time as the arrival of the Boat People incident.
In 1982, the Kamloops Chinese Cultural Associations had fulfilled their mandate for two years” assistance. However, the need for services to immigrants from various backgrounds was evident. Thus, on January 20, 1982, KAMLOOPS CARIBOO REGIONAL IMMIGRANT SOCIETY was incorporated as a non-profit society with the purpose of sponsoring an immigrant service agency. This agency was named “The Immigrants’ Community Centre”. In 1985, the agency was more appropriately re-named Kamloops Immigrant Services. Programs and services are delivered through Kamloops Immigrant Services.