New Canadians Centre
The New Canadians Centre Peterborough was established in 1979 as the Peterborough Newcomer Language Orientation Committee (PNLOC). Out of concern for the South East Asian refugee movement in the late 1970s, a group of community members came together to sponsor refugees fleeing the communist regime in Vietnam. In addition to helping the refugee families get settled in Peterborough, PNLOC members also worked on forming a community organization that could access funding and provide programs and services to any immigrant and refugee families who arrive in the community. In 1987, PNLOC became the New Canadians Centre Peterborough, a fully incorporated entity with registered charity status.
Today, the NCC remains the main provider of settlement and integration supports for newcomers with services including but not limited to language training and assessment, information and referral, interpretation and translation, employment assistance, counselling, community bridging and education. The NCC serves the Peterborough and Northumberland counties with a satellite office in Cobourg. The NCC strives to empower immigrants and refugees to become full and equal members of Canadian society, and to provide community leadership to ensure cultural integration in a welcoming community.