TCLIP Oct 2020 Newsletter: Diversity in Leadership Project & updates
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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.

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As part of its Diversity in Leadership Project,
the Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership 
brings you two events this month
to increase diversity at the leadership level within Tri-Cities organizations
and build capacity of under-represented community members
to participate in leadership roles.


Board Diversity & Inclusion Workshop 

October 6, 2020 
6:00 - 9:00 PM
via Zoom 

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.

In this half-day workshop, program participants learn key concepts and strategies for creating diversity on their board.

Note: Workshop is fully booked. For inquiries, email the TCLIP Secretariat.


Own Your Voice: A Storytelling Workshop Series

October 13, 15 & 17, 2020
via Zoom

Do you see yourself in a leadership role but don't know how to get there? Are you looking to improve how to share your story at interviews or other leadership settings? Are you from an under-represented community who is looking for support to become a community leader? If you answered yes to one of these questions, join us for the workshop!

Note: Workshop is fully booked. Sign up for our waitlist to get updates on the next workshop. 









Emergency Community Support Fund Available

In May 2020, the Government of Canada announced a $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund to support charities and non-profit organizations adapting frontline services to better serve vulnerable Canadians during this pandemic. 

On October 5, 2020, the second round of the Emergency Community Support Fund will be available to community organizations. The right place to apply depends on the community organization’s type. 

Non-profit organizations can apply to the Canadian Red Cross.

Registered charities and other qualified donees can apply to Community Foundations of Canada’s portal  or to their local United Way Centraide.  

Community organizations may apply for funds until October 30, 2020. 

If you would like to learn more, you can join one of two webinars:

Register for the English-language webinar on October 6th at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

Register for the French-language webinar on October 6th at 2:30 p.m. EDT.





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Library Champions Project 

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

Register for an information session of the Library Champions Project to learn more!









Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity Workshop with Alden Habacon 

Vancity Community Investment Bank (VCIB) is facilitating a free, online DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity) workshop with Alden Habacon, one of Canada’s leading diversity and inclusion strategists and facilitators, on October 15th. 

To give feedback on the workshop theme, complete this poll on Vancity's Twitter account.  





Hate Has No Place In BC

The Resilience BC hate crimes website has provided a snapshot  of what hate crimes are, along with suggestions for victims and witnesses on how to respond, through several videos that are currently available in seven languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese and Japanese. 





The Future of Immigration & (Re)Settlement in Canada 

The annual Pathways to Prosperity 2020 National Conference will be held virtually on November 23-24, 2020. Join researchers, service providers, Local Immigration Partnerships, Réseaux en immigration francophone, representatives of all levels of government, in discussions on immigration and (re)settlement in Canada in this time of a world-wide pandemic and increased awareness of the racism and discrimination facing immigrants every day. 




Enabling Engagement within Francophone Minority Communities 

Despite official bilingualism, French-speaking immigrants (FSIs) are often a linguistic minority who face language barriers that hinder their integration. Francophone Minority Communities (FMCs) can therefore play an essential role in facilitating the social and cultural integration of FSIs.

This study uncovers the complex relationships between FSIs and FMCs by examining the roles of Francophone community spaces (e.g., community centres, schools, cultural events, religious spaces, etc.) in the social participation of FSIs. We investigate French-speaking immigrants‘ access to, use of, and participation in community spaces to engage with Francophone minority communities in Ottawa and London (ON). 

Impact of COVID-19 on Cultural Communities in Montreal

Studies in the United States and Great Britain indicate that the COVID-related risk of infection and mortality rate are higher among racialized minorities than among the white majority, and suggest that this may be linked to structural factors such as poverty and unequal access to services.

In Québec, according to the latest census data, immigrants and visible minorities are overrepresented in jobs at high risk of COVID exposure, including personal care attendants, cleaning staff, childcare workers and workers in food processing plants.









Removing Barriers to Employment
For Women 

This report from Diversity Institute in partnership with Future Skills Centre and Public Policy Forum summarizes existing research and prevailing issues surrounding gender inequality, including those exacerbated by COVID-19, and points to further research that needs to be done on initiatives to reduce gender inequalities.




Immigrant Futures Toolkit 

The Immigrant Futures Toolkit is a comprehensive set of online resources that will assist city and community leaders make the case for immigration to be adopted as a critical strategy for local economic development. The resources draw from best practices collected from communities across Canada and internationally and show that there is much that a community can do to attract and retain immigrants. 

Immigrants & Labour Productivity: Study

A study called "Immigration and Firm-level Productivity: Evidence from the Canadian Employer-Employee Dynamics Database" reports that increases in the share of immigrant workers in a firm are associated with increases in firm-level labour productivity in Canada.  

What is overqualification? 

The study entitled "Persistent overqualification among immigrants and non-immigrants," defines overqualification as having a job that requires no more than a high school education among workers aged 25 to 49 who had at least a bachelor's degree. Studying persistent overqualification over time is an important issue because the longer overqualification lasts, the greater the impact it can have on workers' economic well-being. 




Looking for jobs?

S.U.C.C.E.S.S is holding two employment events in partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants of BC (CPABC) and Amazon

An information session with Sheila Cheung of CPABC will be held on October 15th, and Taylor Northway of Amazon will be the guest speaker for the information session on October 29th. For more information on any of these events, please email Annie Moon at or click on any of the buttons below to register for the information session.









COVID-19 testing & collection centre to open in the Tri-Cities 

On October 5th, Fraser Health will open a new test collection centre in the Tri-Cities to meet the needs of the community by providing timely access to COVID-19 testing for those who are experiencing symptoms.

Located at 2796 Aberdeen Ave in Coquitlam at TransLink‘s Coquitlam Central Park and Ride lot, this service will have capacity to conduct as many as 800 tests daily. This centre will operate using a model of drive-through lanes and walk-ins and will be open seven days a week.





Tri-Cities Street Survival Guide 

The Tri-Cities Homelessness & Housing Task Group has put together an updated Street Survival Guide for those in need of emergency food, shelter, clothing, and other useful resources such as where to find internet and help in getting a job in the Tri-Cities. 




For additional immigrant and settlement related resources, visit our website




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