The North Bay
& District Multicultural Centre evolved from the work of the North
Bay Newcomer Network, spearheaded by the Mayor's Office of Economic
Development. It became a reality January 1, 2008 and is a reflection
of the changing face of the city. The official opening of the centre
was February 22, 2008.
Press, the founder of the North Bay & District Multicultural Centre,
was an active NNN member prior to the launch of the centre and worked
with the City of North Bay and other community partners to organize
a successful immigration symposium April 8, 2006, attended by more
than 80 people. The need to create immigrant support services in the
city was strongly identified as a necessary component to the city's
led to the hiring of a researcher, with funding provided by FedNor
and the City of North Bay. Her research further identified the need
for immigrant support services. Staff from Citizenship and Immigration
Canada's Toronto office visited North Bay three times to meet with
NNN members and encouraged us to apply for funding. We did, and here
In 2011 we opened
a second office in Timmins, the Timmins & District Multicultural
Centre. Between the two offices, some 400 kilometres apart, we serve
newcomers from Parry Sound District in the south to Cochrane District
in the north, including the Districts of Nipissing and Timiskaming.
that we serve include Parry Sound, Port Loring, Sundridge, South River,
Trout Creek, Powassan, Callander, North Bay, Astorville, Corbeil,
Bonfield, Rutherglen, Mattawa, West Nipissing, Temagami, Cobalt, Temiskaming
Shores, Earlton, Englehart, Matachewan, Kirkland Lake, Black River-Matheson,
Timmins, Iroquois Falls, Cochrane, Hearst and Kapuskasing.
Our office provides
information and referral services for all aspects of immigrant support
and provides a computer, photocopier, telephone and fax service for
immigrants wanting to do their own research. We provide interpretation
by volunteers and translation on a fee for service basis.