Tri-Cities LIP: March 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.









MEGA Hiring Fair (Tri-Cities)

March 8,2018
1:00 - 4:00pm
Best Western Plus - Conference Centre
319 North Road, Coquitlam

Attend the Tri-Cities MEGA Hiring Fair and Join over 25 local employers, all looking to fill a variety of positions. Bring your resume and dress to impress.

Register here.

Self-Employment Information Sessions

March 6, 19 & 20
Various Locations in the Tri-Cities

Interested in starting your own business? Attend a free information session to find more about Douglas College Self-Employment Program.

For more information or registration, click here or call 604.777.6147


Resumes and Hidden Job Markets Workshop

March 12, 2018
10:00am - 1:00pm
ISSofBC, Cottonwood
#200 - 504 Cottonwood Avenue, Coquitlam

Join the free workshop to learn about Canadian resume styles and how to target your resume, introduce your presentation skills, and access more opportunities through the hidden job market.

To register, email or call 778.2847026 (ext 1584)

Winning Job Interviews

March 13, 2018
1:30 - 2:30 pm
Port Moody Public Library
100 Newport Drive, Port Moody - ParkLane Room

Learn how to answer challenging interview questions and let your strengths shine through. Experts from Port Moody WorkBC Employment Services will be on hand to help.

Call 604.469.4577 to register for free.








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BC JOBCONNECT: Connecting Employers to Newcomers

IEC BC offers a wide range of programs that help employers connect with skilled immigrants looking for work. The programs aim to attract, hire and retain qualified immigrant talent in BC, resulting in diverse and inclusive workplaces.
This month's resource highlights IEC BC's Job Connect Program: 
An easy-to-use web-based tool for employers looking to hire. It provides an opportunity to access an untapped talent pool a way to build a diverse and inclusive work place.

How does it work?
Registered employers identify candidates of interest based on profile information and supporting documents uploaded by newcomer job seekers.

What are the benefits?
-Constantly updated pool of candidates
-Free service
-Flexible, multi-parameter searches
-Ongoing support from IEC-BC staff

For more information about the program, visit the IEC BC website.









Webinar on Empowering Youth: Identity, Belonging and Migration

March 21,2018
10:00 EDT in Toronto

The Cities of Migration is hosting webinar on migration, youth and identity politics. Join the discussion online to learn how youth initiatives in Berlin and London are using innovative approaches to develop a counter-narratives that strengthens youth participation in local and culture and social life while promoting skills development, empowerment, and living together in diversity.

For more information, click here.

Overdose Response for Organizations

March 22,2018
9:00am - 3:00 pm

Strive Living Society
Suite 500 - 4370 Dominion Street
Burnaby, BC

Fraser Health is offering training on Overdose Response for Organizations. The course is designed to assist organizations interested in developing policy around overdose prevention, recognition and response as well as develop the skills necessary to provide on-going training to new staff who may likely to response to an overdose.

For registration, please click here.

PoCo Foundation Performing Arts Grant

The performing Arts Grant encourages and supports the development, enhancement, innovation and mentorship of a diverse variety of inclusive performing arts. If you are a registered charity, and are interested in hosting a performing arts event or developing a project that will benefit the Tri-Cities, apply here.

Deadline: March 8

Spirit of Coquitlam Grant

The City of Coquitlam provides annual grants to non-profit, community-based organizations to build community spirit by providing community grant funds for public art, sport activities/programs, festivals and events, sports hosting, capital projects and new initiatives aligned with the City's strategic goals.
For more information about the application process, click here.

Application Deadline: March 29

Self-Help Matching Grant Program: Working Together to make POCO Better

The Self-Help Matching Grant Program encourages projects expected to result in direct benefits to the community.

Individuals and organizations may request funding for projects which involve new construction, renovation or expansion of community facilities or spaces such as sports fields, parks, environmental habitat, community
For application and more information, click here.

Application deadline: April 30





City Centre Area Plan Update: Survey & Community Consultations

The City of Coquitlam is currently in the first phase of updating the existing City Centre Area plan. A key part of this is engaging directly with the public and stakeholders. 

Please complete the online survey and or participate in one of the consultation sessions listed below:

Pop Up Schedule
Feb 27 |  6:30 AM – 10:00 AM | INLET Station
Feb 27 |  2:00 PM – 6:00 PM    | COQUITLAM CENTRAL Station
Feb 28 |  6:30 AM – 10:00 AM | LAFARGE LAKE-DOUGLAS Station
Feb 28 |  2:00 PM – 6:00 PM    | LINCOLN Station
Mar  1 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM   | DOUGLAS COLLEGE (David Lam Campus)

For more information, click here.


How Inclusive is my City? My City of Migration Diagnostic Tool

Curious to find out how inclusive is your city?
Take the My City of Migration Diagnostic designed to help asses the quality of inclusive in your city: at work, school, election day, in health and as a new arrival.

To take the test, click here.





Healthy Diet

March 2
3:30 am - 4:30pm

#200 - 504 Cottonwood Avenue, Coquitlam BC

For registration, email or call
 778.383.1438 (ext 1908) 

Self-Helping Your Tax Filing (In Mandarin)

March 7,2018
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Coquitlam City Centre Library
1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Room 127

For registration, email or call 778.284.7026 (ext 1566)

Funeral Preplanning Seminar for Korean Community (In Korean)

March 14, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
Coquitlam Public Library
1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Room 127

To register, email or call 778.284.7026 (ext 1584)

Rights & Responsibilities of Landlord & Tenant (in Mandarin)

March 21, 2018
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Coquitlam Public Library
1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Room 127

To register, email  or call 778.284.7026 (ext 1584)

Newcomer Youth Hang-out

March 13 & 27, 2018
4:30pm - 6:30pm
#200 - 504 Cottonwood Avenue, Coquitlam BC

To register, email or call 778.383.1438 (ext 1904)

Newcomer Ladies

March 6 & 20,  2018
4:30pm - 6:30pm
#200 - 504 Cottonwood Avenue, Coquitlam BC

To Register, email
or call 778.383.1438

Citizenship Preparation

March 12, 2018
1:00pm - 6300pm
S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Tri-Cities
2058 Henderson Place
1163 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

To register, email or call 604.468.6000

Newcomer Youth Homework Club

March 14 & 28, 2018
3:30pm - 6:00pm
#200 - 504 Cottonwood Avenue, Coquitlam BC

To register, email or call 778.229.4371 (ext.1904)

Building a Brighter Financial Future (in English & Farsi)

March 29,2018
4:00pm - 6:00pm
#200 - 504 Cottonwood Avenue, Coquitlam BC

To register, email or call 778.383.1438 (ext 1562)





Chinese New Year at the Coquitlam Public Library

March 8, 2018
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Coquitlam Public Library,
1169 Pinetree Way

Members from the Arts Musical Studio will perform traditional Chinese music to welcome the arrival of spring and the Year of Dog.

Seats are limited, registration is required. Please contact Shirley Chan at 604.554.7345 to register.

Persian New Year Family Craft Program

March 10,2018
2:00 - 3:00pm
Coquitlam Public Library,
1169 Pinetree Way

Celebrate Nowroz, the Persian New Year,  with the Coquitlam Public Library. Enjoy a snack, and learn more about the Persian culture and customs.

Registration is not required.

Protect Yourself- Fraud Awareness

March 8,2018
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Coquitlam City Hall - Council Chambers
3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam

Join the Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam Community Policing Services to learn more about identity theft and online scams and learn how to protect yourself.

To register, click here.

IMAGINE: A fundraiser for OUR community

March 10, 2018
7:00 pm -  11:00 pm
Molson Canadian Theatre at the Hard Rock Casino
2080 United Boulevard
Coquitlam, BC V3K 6W3

Join the SHARE Society for a lively night out in the Tri-Cities full of music, dancing, good food and fun! This annual fundraiser supports SHARE Family & Community Services. Don’t miss out on the party that benefits and strengthens our community!

For more information, please visit





Newcomers as Volunteers

This edition of Migration Matters focuses on volunteerism and organizational supports for newcomer volunteers. It explores the scale and shape of newcomer volunteerism, as well as motivations, benefits, and barriers.  Information for organizations on engaging and managing newcomer volunteers is also provided.

To read the full report, click here.

Census 2016: Immigration and Language in BC

This edition of Migration Matters brings together the most relevant information from the 2016 Census for Settlement and Language Service Provider Organizations in BC. It also provides guidance on how to access community-specific information.

To read the full report, click here.

Helping Refugees Succeed - Changes to the Immigration Loan Program come into Effect

Changes came into effect on Feb 21, 2018 to the Immigration Loans Program which will ease the loan repayment process and give resettled refugees more time to repay their immigration loan, which will aid with their integration by giving them more time to focus on improving their language skills and making use of the settlement services available to help them to become part of Canadian society faster.
To read more, click here.




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