Tri-Cities LIP Connects Newsletter - October 2022
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Tri-Cities LIP Connects E-Newsletter October 2022
We bring community leaders, organizations, and newcomers together to build welcoming & inclusive communities in the Tri-Cities.

This newsletter connects newcomers and service providers to community resources, events and initiatives that support newcomer inclusion and participation in the Tri-Cities.
Events & Community Information | Newcomer Settlement | Career Resources |
Professional Development | Civic Engagement | News Publications
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Volunteer Opportunity: Library Champions Program | NewToBC

Are you a new immigrant looking for:
• Canadian volunteer work experience?                           • More confidence?
• Online access to community and library resources?      • New friends and connections to the community?
• Better communication skills?                                          • A better understanding of your community?

The Library Champions Project (LCP) is a three-month volunteer program for new immigrants. During the project, Library Champions are trained to conduct outreach to other new immigrants. The LCP‘s four training sessions focus on building communication, presentation, and outreach skills and on gaining an understanding of the range of programs, services, and resources that are provided by libraries and immigrant and community service agencies. To become a Library Champion you must attend an information session. Register for an information session using the button below.





Diwali Family Day Celebration

October 16 | 1:00pm-4:00pm | Coquitlam Canadian Legion Hall 263 | Free, no registration required
Celebrate the colourful and joyful holiday of Diwali with Coquitlam Heritage Society at the Coquitlam Canadian Legion Hall. Enjoy music, food, dancing, crafts, and learn about tying saris, Indian jewelry and Rangoli. Fun for the whole family! Schedule of events to come soon.


Halloween Activities

October 29 | 12:00pm-3:00pm | Mackin House | Free, no registration required, all ages welcome
The fun Halloween extravaganza is back! Join Coquitlam Heritage Society for their popular haunted Mystery Train Station, take a photo with a princess or super hero, get your face painted, make crafts and have some yummy treats! This event is held outdoors rain or shine. 

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Personal Benefits & Credits for Newcomers to Canada
(English, Mandarin 中文)

October 12 | 10:00am-11:30am | S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Registration Required | Online 
In this workshop, you will learn about different Canada Revenue Agency's credits and benefits:  
• Goods & Services / Harmonized Sales Tax Credit
• Tuition Tax Credit
• Disability Tax Credit
• Canada Child Benefit
• Child Disability Benefit 

Citizenship Workshops (Korean 한국어)

October 11-27 | Thursdays 8:00am-5:00pm | MOSAIC |  Registration Required | Online 

Join MOSAIC on Thursdays for in-depth workshops to improve your knowledge of Canadian history, government, and regions. The workshop will help you prepare for your citizenship test  and  the follow-up interview. Spaces are limited, registration is required




First Time Home Buyer Information Seminar

October 22 | 10:30am - 12:00p | Registration Required | Online 
Have questions about buying your first home or need a plan in place to reach our real estate goals? Come and learn the process of a mortgage and being a first time home buyer and ask any questions you have with local realtors. This seminar is free. Contact Gemma Wilson, PREC at 778-871-6296 or email for more info.

Tri-Cities: Friday Morning Conversation Circle

Every Friday Morning from 10:00am-11:00am |  ISS of BC | Registration Required | Online 
Connect with other newcomers and volunteers & practice your English from home! Join for a free, virtual conversation circle led by ISS of BC‘s volunteers. Meet new people and connect with your community in an entertaining, online class for English learners CLB 1, 2, 3. 

Contact Lucy Hardman via email or phone if interested: / 604-653-6592




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The Canadian Immigrant Fair is Coming to Vancouver Next Month

November 3, 2022 | 10:00am - 3:00pm | Vancouver Convention Centre | Free admission, but registration is required
It is a free, one-stop event connecting newcomers with information and inspiration on the three pillars of immigrant success: CAREERS. EDUCATION. SETTLEMENT. The fair offers a dynamic environment for immigrants who need support as they look for jobs, go back to school and settle into their new home. What you‘ll find at the fair include: hiring employers and recruiters looking for workers, career tips and coaching, English language help, immigration and settlement help, small business resources, and much more.

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Annual Trades Expo 2022 | Canadian National Trades 

October 19-20 | 9:00am - 2:30pm |  Cloverdale Rodeo Fairgrounds, Surrey | Tickets on sale now
The Trades Expo is aimed directly at new and future tradespeople. All the Trades are in crisis: 50% of existing trades are retiring. That means there are a lot of opportunities for new talent to enter the trades, and begin well-paying and rewarding careers. From carpentry to concrete, from highly specialized to classic trades, there will be many employers looking to recruit both new and experienced tradespeople. Explore interactive exhibits, talk to the trades, handle the tools, interact directly with employers looking for talent, and learn about training opportunities.




38-Week IT General Programming Diploma

Cohort 1: October 31, 2022 - July 21, 2023 || Cohort 2: November 28, 2022 - August 25, 2023
This free, government-funded and full-time diploma program focuses on preparing students to work as a programmer requiring the application of current industry policies, practices, procedures, and tools. Upon successful completion, students will have demonstrated the ability to apply theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills in industry-standard programming languages, database design and application, fundamentals of object-oriented programming, HTML, JavaScript, and practical software applications. 
• 29 weeks of training in Occupations Skills 
• 6 weeks of hands-on practicum workplace training
• 2 weeks of follow-up Job Search Support

Contact Ahana Roy at 604 324 7733 | Ext: 411 or email for more details.




16-Week Public Works Technician Training | Project-Based Labour Market Training Program (PBLMT)

Program Date: November 28, 2022 - March 17, 2023
Participants will receive training and work experience in occupational skills related to public works, working safely, use of tools and equipment, environmental best practices, as well as maintaining and repairing roads and sidewalks, water systems, sanitary and storm sewer systems, building maintenance, parks and recreation facilities, and fire protection systems. Essential skills specifically related to public works will be embedded throughout the training. 
• 9 weeks of virtual and in-person academic training (Live Virtual)
• 1 week of short-term certifications (Hybrid)
• 1 week of job support (Live Virtual)
• 4 weeks of work experience with local employers (In-Person)

Contact Yuhan Yu at 604.596.7722 | Ext. 614 or email for more details

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Canadian Workplace Culture and Communication Workshop

October 11 | 10:30am-2:30PM | Vancouver Public Library Registration required | Online
Understanding Canadian workplace culture and communication can help you find employment and achieve career success. Register for this workshop to learn tips, etiquette and soft skills that newcomers should know about Canadian workplaces. Get your questions answered and gain hands-on experience through practical activities. Everyone is welcome.

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Municipal Election: October 15

The next general local election will be held on Saturday,  Oct. 15, 2022. It‘s important to vote. Mayors, City councils and school boards make decisions every day that affect the development in our communities, the City services we use, and our children‘s schools.

For eligible voters, find out information about the candidates, where to vote, and ways you can vote: 
• City of Coquitlam
• City of Port Coquitlam
• City of Port Moody
• Village of Anmore
• Village of Belcarra

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Canada removing barriers to permanent residence for physicians | CIC News

Immigration accounts for over 94% of Canada‘s population growth in Q2, 2022 | CIC News

Final Report: Canadian Social Norms and Racism, 2022 Benchmark Survey | Environics Institute 

Research: Canadian Immigration Policy and the Russo-Ukraine War | University of Calgary

Final Report: Recent Canadian Research on Migrant Integration | University of Ottawa

Working Paper: The State of Knowledge Concerning Canada‘s Irregular Population | Toronto Metropolitan University

Temporary Residents, Permanent Benefits:
How temporary residents fill vacancies, pay taxes, and keep the local economy rolling | Northern Policy Institute

Academic Article: The Refugee Paradox During Wartime in Europe: How Ukrainian and Afghan Refugees are (not) Alike | International Migration Review




For additional immigrant and settlement related resources, visit

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