TCLIP Sept 2020 Newsletter: Youth, Diversity & Inclusion
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The Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership brings community leaders & organizations together to set priorities and coordinate services for immigrants and refugees, and to create a community where everyone can be welcomed and belong.

News items featured in the e-newsletter are sourced, provided to us by our partners or accessed through open data sources. To include your news and events in our next update, please email the Project Secretariat.








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Are you a Board Member or Senior Leader of an organization in the Tri-Cities who would like to increase diversity & inclusion in your board?

Board Diversity & Inclusion is an interactive workshop to equip board members with tools to create a culture that actively embraces a spectrum of voices and lived experiences.

Learn key concepts and strategies for creating diversity on your board.








Use Your COVID Sense: A Message From Fraser Health

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COVID Alert App

COVID Alert is an exposure notification app that uses Bluetooth to exchange random codes with nearby phones. Every day, it checks a list of random codes from people who tell the app they tested positive. If you've been near one of those codes in the past 14 days, you'll get a notification. Nobody will get any personal information about you or the time you were near them. 




Back To School Information

Click on the image below to access the School District 43 homepage, which includes updates to the COVID-19 Pandemic response and BC's Back To School Plan. 
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A Webinar on the Refugee Claim Process

Join the BC Refugee Hub Webinar on August 25th (Tue) from 9:30 – 11:30 AM and learn more about the refugee claim process, legal requirements for a refugee claim and legal updates due to COVID-19. 





Mental Health of Immigrants & Refugees

Results from this study from Statistics Canada show that among immigrants, self-reported mental health status varies based on region of origin and amount of time in Canada, even after controlling for socio-economic and demographic factors. Immigrants who arrived within 10 years of the survey, for example, were more likely to report high levels of self-reported mental health, while those who had been in Canada for 10 years or more reported lower levels of mental health, similar to their Canadian-born counterparts.








Our partners want to hear from you!

Your insights will help provide Canadians and decision-makers with timely and trusted information to help navigate our path throughout these challenging times.
Coquitlam Public Library would like to hear your thoughts on how it could improve its services.

Statistics Canada wants to know if you have experienced discrimination and whether your experiences have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. 









Future Leaders Youth Program

S.U.C.C.E.S.S invites Tri-Cities youth aged 15-29 to the Future Leaders Youth Program, which aims to empower youth with the skills, tools and resources to succeed both in their professional career prospects and personal development journeys. Virtual sessions will take place on Zoom every last Saturday of the month.

To register, email Noor Hewaidi at or call 604-374-1965.





CAVE Youth Employment Program 

The CAVE Youth Employment Program at Douglas College is now accepting applications from young people aged 17-29 looking for paid work. Start date is on September 14, 2020 and is 100% online! Participate from the safety and comfort of home. Earn bonuses of up to $650. 





Free Self-Employment Training for Youth

Youths aged 17-29 are invited to attend free self-employment training provided by S.U.C.C.E.S.S. BIIS.

Business cohorts are ongoing every month. Services include coaching, mentoring, networking, & making a business pitch. Information sessions are being held throughout the year. 





BCIB Now Hiring For Infrastructure Project

British Columbia Infrastructure Benefits is hiring tradespeople for the Patullo Bridge Replacement Project & Highway 1 Expansion from Kamloops to the Alberta border. Priority hiring is applied for locals, Indigenous peoples, women & other groups traditionally under-represented in trades. Information session will be held on August 27th at 10 AM. 









TCLIP Virtual Dialogues on Racism Recordings Now Available

Recordings of all three sessions of the TCLIP Virtual Community Dialogues on Racism are now available on our website for a limited time. 





Exploring Resilience: Studies on Newcomer Youth

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted young people particularly hard. Unemployment rate for youth (15 to 24 year-olds) rose from 10.3% in February to a historical high of 29.4% in May.This study shows that this could have long-term ramifications for class of 2020 high school and post-secondary graduates as they enter the labour market.

A recent study of Calgarian newcomer youth show that they face some of these same issues with heightened vulnerability, often with a lower level of visibility or opportunity to reap the benefits bestowed by immigration policies or federally-funded programming. Several gaps within these parameters have been identified in the full report here

Another study on youth attending colleges in Toronto explores students‘ resilience and asks about settlement challenges & services used to overcome them. Learn more about it here. 





Checking in with kindness

Since isolation plans became mandatory for international arrivals to B.C., Service BC employees have made more than 8,500 phone calls to temporary foreign workers, providing information and making referrals for any needed supports. There have also been over 51,000 calls as of July, confirming that self-isolation plans are being followed. According to this article, many people contacted have welcomed the human connection with Service BC employees, saying that being able to talk with someone has helped them feel safe and comfortable, and the service calls have reinforced that someone cares. 




For additional immigrant and settlement related resources, visit our website




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