Tri-Cities LIP: May 2018 Newsletter
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The Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership works 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 members or accessed through open data sources. To include your news and events in our next update, please email the Project Secretariat.









Employment Insurance Information Session (Port Coquitlam)

May 17, 2018
1: 30  - 3:00 PM
Avia Employment Services
206-2540 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam

Meet with Citizen Service Specialist from Service Canada to learn about Employment insurance benefits, eligibility, application and general inquiries.

Registration here.


JOBS Canada Fair (Vancouver)

May 23, 2018
1:00 - 4:00pm
Fairmont Hotel
900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

Looking for work? Immediate Hiring? Attend the Vancouver Job Fair and meet recruiters, HR Managers and Hiring Companies from Vancouver.

Register here.

Blossom Hiring Fair (Coquitlam)

May 23, 2018
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Coquitlam Public Library
1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam,

Join the Avia Employment Services at the Coquitlam Public Library for a multi-employer hiring fair! There will be a number of employers from variety of sectors looking to fill out various positions. Come prepared with copies of your resume.

To register click here.








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Program Venue at PoCo Rec Complex

Do you need space to use for meetings, connections or other indoor activities? The City of Port Coquitlam would like to welcome non-profit organizations to contact them about venue space at the Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex on Wilson Avenue.

For more information, contact Chris Eastman.


We Speak Translate Project by the ICA 

The Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) helps individuals and organizations to connect across cultures by providing information, support and tools to help immigrants and refugees reach their goals. By engaging people through networks, education, employment, and arts programming, they create a welcoming community. 
Language is one of the most obvious barriers for newcomers in their settlement and integration process. While newcomers learn the language, how can communities better address and support newcomers' language needs while they are learning the languages? 

The We Speak Translate (WST) is a first of its kind projects designed to address the language barrier . The project is a collaboration between Google translate and the ICA utilizing the Google Translate app for refugee resettlement and newcomers inclusion in communities.

We Speak Translate Project provides training for community stakeholders, organizations and institutions in the Google translate app to ensure that stakeholders in the community have the capacity to establish a common platform for communication while newcomers develop their English language skills.  Familiarity with the Google Translate app establishes a common platform for communication while newcomers develop their English and or French language skills

The goals and benefits of the training are:
- Encourage welcoming communities that value diversity, inclusion and integration.
- Become familiar with the Google Translate app (free, downloadable app for smartphones and tablets).
- Establish a common platform for communication with newcomers while English language skills develop.

To date, over 1800 community members and stakeholders have received Google Translate training through the We Speak Translate project.

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Would you like to learn more about how to use the Google Translate app?

Register today for a free webinar training.
Upcoming Webinar trainings are May 22, 2018 | June 8, 2018

For registration and or more information, visit the ICA Website.









Webinar: In the Classroom and Beyond - Supporting Refugee Students

May 31, 2018
10: 00 am EDT

Research in Canada suggests that there are significant gaps in research, policy, and teacher preparation when it comes to supporting k -12 refugee students in Canadian classrooms.  Join the Cities of Migration and the Emerging Scholars and Practitioners on Migration Issues Network to discuss the experiences of refugee students in the classroom and beyond, current educational policy gaps when it comes to supporting refugee students, and successful strategies that teachers, resettlement officers, and school administrators can use to ease the transition for refugee students in schools.

For more information or registration,  click here.


Positive and Practical Approaches to Islamophobia

May 10, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Ismaili Centre Burnaby, Social Hall
4010 Canada Way
Burnaby, BC V5G 1G8

Have you or someone you know experienced some form of ethnic or cultural resentment or hostility? Join a free panel discussion to learn
 about some practical and positive actions we can take to dispel hate crimes, exploring approaches and best practices used for individuals who have been impacted by Islamophobia. The discussion will be led by experienced professionals who engage in combatting Islamophobia on a daily basis, as well as discuss the success of the Islamophobia hotline. The evening will also include a moderated panel discussion as well as opportunity for Q&A. All members of the community are welcome.

To register, click here.

Canadian Immigration Summit 2018: Strengthening Our Economy & Settlement Program

May 30 - May 31, 2018
Shaw Centre, Ottawa

Join the 4th annual Canadian Immigration Summit and connect with over 300 stakeholders to learn, network, and shape Canada's immigration future.

For more information or registration, click here.

FREE CPR/AED Awareness Session

May 16, 2018
1 :00 PM  - 3:00 PM
Inlet Centre Fire Hall
150 Newport Drive, Port Moody

Increase your knowledge on how you could save a life. In this two hour session you will learn some basic CPR skills as well as how to operate an Automatic External Defibulator (AED). This basic awareness session is geared to help increase your confidence in these crucial lifesaving skills.

Advanced registration is required, click here.

Bursaries for Refugee Youth and Newcomers to Canada

ISSofBC is awarding several bursaries for Refugee Youth and Newcomers to Canada to encourage education and professional development. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2018.

Click here for more information on the bursaries and or applications.









Mental Health & Addiction

The Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions is building a Province Mental health and addiction strategy and needs your help in providing input and shaping the strategy. Phase 1 of the public engagement is looking to bring together participants from direct services providers and those wh ocan speak to their experience at the community level. Phase 2 will include public dialogue and open feedback from all British Columbians.  

Submit your feedback here.
For more information, click here.

Citizenship Preparation at Coquitlam Library

Every Thursday in May, starting May 3rd, 2018
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Nancy Bennett Room
Coquitlam Public Library, Poirier Branch

Join library staff and fellow residents who are looking to prepare for the Canadian citizenship test. Great opportunity to learn about Canadian history and culture.


Here to Stay: Youth Solutions for an Engaged City

Wed, 16 May 2018
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Segal Building
500 Granville Street

Calling all citizens, elected officials, community organizations, practitioners and anyone else interested in issues of civic engagement and sustainable cities.  Join the City Hive, Youth full Cities and the SFU Public Square for an evening of exciting and thought-provoking discussion and strategies to collectively enhance civic engagement in the Metro Vancouver region through directly supporting tangible projects and dialogue.

To register, click here.








Must-knows about citizenship application

May 8, 2018
May 15, 2018
12:30- 2:30 pm

Room 137, Coquitlam Library City Centre Branch
1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC, V3B 0Y1

To register, contact call 778-284-7026 (ext 1563)

Newcomers Orientation

May 11, 2018
May 18, 2018
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

S.U.C.C.E.S.S Tri-Cities
1163 Pinetree way unit 2058
Coquitlam, Room 13 and 14

To register, email or call 604.468.6000

Citizenship Preparation

May 12, 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
S.U.C.C.E.S.S Tri-Cities
1163 Pinetree way unit 2058
Coquitlam, Room 13 and 14

To register, email or call 604.468.6000

How to apply for PR card and Renewal or Replacement

May 25, 2018
1:00  - 3:00 pm
S.U.C.C.E.S.S Tri-Cities
1163 Pinetree way unit 2058
Coquitlam, Room 13 and 14

To register, email or call 604.468.6000

English Conversation Circle (Lincoln & Westwood)

April 13 - June 29, 2018
Free and fun conversation classes to practice English, make new friends, learn about Canada, enjoy other culture and to have some fun.

For CLB For CLB Level 1, 2 & 3
12:15pm – 2:15pm
 ISSofBC Lincoln #136 – 3030 Lincoln Ave, Coquitlam, BC

For CLB Level 4, 5 & 6
10:15am – 12:15 pm
ISSofBC Westwood #204 – 3242 Westwood St, Coquitlam, BC

To register contact or call 778-284-7026(ext 1560)

English Conversation Circle (Cottonwood)

April 27 - July 13, 2018

For CLB Level 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 (Cottonwood)
10:00am to 12:00pm
 ISSofBC Cottonwood ,#200 – 504 Cottonwood Ave, Coquitlam, BC
To register contact  or call  778-383-1438 (ext 1907)

FREE Interview Skills Workshop

May 28, 2018
2058 - 1163 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

Whether you are completely new to the job market, re-entering the workforce, or looking to advance your career, this course will empower you with the knowledge and skills necessary to dazzle during your next interview. Learn what steps to take before, during and after an interview to successfully sell yourself to an employer.

Eligibility: Convention Refugee, Permanent Residents, Protected Persons and Live-in Caregiver

To register, email or call 604.468.6000









Anger Management & Mental Health Workshop

May 6, 2018
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Coquitlam Public Library, City Centre Branch
1169 Pinetree Way

Join a 3 hours workshop designed for individuals and or groups interested in identifying issues of mental health and learning to use effective skills to manage anger and stress in order to improve overall health and productivity.

Register here.

Canadian Culture & You

May 9, 2018
9:30 - 11:00 am
Port Moody Inlet Theatre
100 Newport Drive, Port Moody, BC

Join the Coquitlam Public Library, Fraser Valley Regional Library and the Tri-Cities Literacy Committee for a fun morning. Get outside and learn about camping, water safety and hiking dos and don'ts.

RSVP here.









Policy Paper: Canada's Refugee Strategy: How it Can be Improved

A joint policy paper published by University of Calgary School of Public Policy and Canadian Global Affairs Institute putting forth a number of policy strategies that Canada can take to improve its refugee strategy.

To read the full report, click here.

Responding to the ECEC Needs of Children of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Europe and North America

Published by the Migration Policy Institute, this research publication examines the approaches taken by nine host countries to respond to the needs of children of refugees and asylum seekers and highlight some of the common challenges and promising practices.

To download full guide, click here.


Skills Proficiency of Immigrants in Canada

This report prepared by the Council of Ministers of Education and Employment Development Canada highlights the findings from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)
To read more, click here.

Government of Canada brings Medical Inadmissibility Policy in Line with Inclusivity for persons with Disabilities

In efforts to enhance accessibility and opportunities for Canadians with disabilities, the Minister of  Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced changes to the medical inadmissibility provision.

Read more here.




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