Tri-Cities LIP: Fostering Welcoming Communities - April 2019 Issue
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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.

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Join our working groups to guide & direct our action plans for 2019/2020. Contact the Project Secretariat for more information on any of these initiatives.

Labour Market Integration

Identify strategies to support newcomer labour market integration, including engaging employers & addressing newcomer needs to support meaningful employment. This working group includes planning for the upcoming Newcomer Employment Week. 

Intercultural Training Series

Guide the content of the Intercultural Training Series and identify tools & resources that organizations can use to facilitate intercultural connections

Community Response Protocol

Develop a guide in support of our community response protocol. The protocol is intended to develop a community coordinated response to incidents of hate, discrimination and/or racism in our communities.

Access to Community Services

Identify gaps around access to services and explore opportunities to leverage existing resources and/or develop innovative approaches to resolve issues. 

Civic Engagement

Identify strategies to support the civic participation of newcomers in our community at different levels









Arrival Advisor App

Developed by PeaceGeeks in partnership with settlement organizations across Metro Vancouver and launched in March this year, Arrival Advisor is a free, multilingual mobile app that helps refugees and immigrants across British Columbia navigate their settlement journey and connect with their new community. Visit their website for more information. 

An Online Resource Hub For Trans Newcomers

Developed by MOSAIC, the Trans Online Resource Hub provides information and support to folks who identify as transgender, transsexual, nonbinary, gender nonconforming, genderqueer, two-spirited, agender, polygender, bigender, and many more gender identities and expressions. Click here to learn more. 

YMCA Community Action Network

The YMCA Community Action Network (YCAN) is an innovative national program that will engage local youth to address a community need through service projects. In partnership with 9 other YMCAs across Canada, youth from regional communities will be recruited, trained and mentored to successfully select, lead, deliver and evaluate service initiatives in their own communities. Targeted youth will participate in rotating cohorts with the first cohort beginning February 2018.  
The YMCA YSI program aims to provide 920 youth, including those identifying in underrepresented groups (Indigenous, newcomers, LGBTQ+, youth experiencing poverty, youth with a disability, and youth neither employed or in educational training) with opportunities to engage in service initiatives that will address community needs. It also aims to positively impact an additional 820 youth across Canada who will directly benefit from these service initiatives. Each service project will develop a network of community contacts and stakeholders, increasing the meaningfulness of the project, opportunities for youth development, and add value to the local community. A target of 82 projects are anticipated nationwide. 

For partnership opportunities, please contact Maria Baez at









Soufra, an Evening of Film & Food

Tri-Cities Friends of Refugees brings Soufra to Coquitlam and the Greater Vancouver area. This Breaking Bread screening will be shown at the Northside Foursquare Church, accompanied with traditional Syrian food prepared in house by Syrian women of the Tri-Cities community.

May 4, 2019
5:00- 7:30pm
Northside Church
1460 Lansdowne Ave, Coquitlam
Tickets cost $19
For tickets & more information, click here

SFU Philosopher's Cafe

Are there basic beliefs in all religions? If so, what are they?
Tue, 16 Apr 2019
10:30 AM
Moderator: Marilyn Meden
Dogwood Pavilion
1655 Winslow Ave., Coquitlam 

Philosophers often write of a well-lived life—but what is it? How do we know we‘re living well?
Thu, 18 Apr 2019
7:00 PM
Moderator: Hilary Morden
Terry Fox Library
2470 Mary Hill Rd., Port Coquitlam

What is heaven on earth for you?
Wed, 24 Apr 2019
10:30 AM
Moderator: Marilyn Medén
Gallery Bistro
2411 Clarke St., Port Moody

SHARE English Practice Group

Friday mornings, 9:30-11:00am

Informal group conversation for all levels. Drop-in.

Call SHARE at 604-936-3900 for more information.  

75 Ways to Save on Household Expenses

Monday, April 8, 7-8:00pm
Port Moody Library

Get tips on how to save on various household expenses including utilities, transportation,
groceries, and personal items.

Presented by the Credit Counselling Society.

Call 604-469-4577 to register.

Family Learn & Play Event

April 24, 5:30- 7:30pm
Coquitlam Centre

Check out this Month's Theme: Screens Away, Time to Play
Family Learn & Play events are held on Level 1 in front of Hudson's Bay - and are designed for children 3 to 10 years of age.* 
*Parent Supervision is required. While supplies last. 








All about Canadian Applications (in Korean) 

April 9 (Tuesday)
10:00am to 12:00pm
Coquitlam Library City Centre Branch
1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC, V3B 0Y1

To register contact Isabel Lee 778-284-7026 (ext 1566) or email

Newcomer Orientation (in Farsi) 

April 4 (Thursday), 1-3:30pm
April 12 (Friday), 10am - 1pm
S.U.C.C.E.S.S Tri-Cities
2058 Henderson Place
1163 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

To register, please call 604-468-6000

Government Programs and Benefits for Immigrants (in Spanish)

April 11 (Thursday)
3:30 to 5:30pm
ISSofBC Cottonwood
200 – 504 Cottonwood Ave, Coquitlam, BC

To register contact Elizabeth Valdez 778-383-1438(ext 1763) or email

Meet RCMP and Canadian Armed Forces Recruiter (in English)

April 9 (Tuesday)
S.U.C.C.E.S.S Tri-Cities
2058 Henderson Place
1163 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam 

To register, please call 604-468-6000









Workshop on Homelessness by the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce

April 10 (Wednesday)
5:30-7:30 pm
Coquitlam City Centre Library

Created by the Tri-Cities Homelessness & Housing Task Group, this workshop will provide Tri-Cities businesses with:

•insight into homelessness
•resources available to homeless persons in the Tri-Cities
•how to respond to problematic behaviour
•information regarding legislation, which applies to panhandling and trespassing
•how to safely dispose of sharps
•when to call for help
This workshop will conclude with a Q & A session.

Refreshments and light snacks provided

Register here 


CONFERENCE: Reducing Elder Abuse in B.C 

May 2 and 3, 2019.  
Registration and refreshments from 8:30 to 9:00 am. each day.

Executive Hotel
Vancouver Airport, 7311 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC.

Includes a panel discussion on using the Decision Tree in Elder Abuse Community Responses.

Register here









Starting your business in Coquitlam

Questions about starting or operating your business in Coquitlam? Attend an information session with BusinessLINQ on April 17 (Wed) from 5-7pm at the Coquitlam City Hall Main Floor, 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam. RSVP by calling the Business LinQ office at 604-927-3975 or email


Coquitlam Job Fair

Attend the Coquitlam Job Fair on April 11 (Thursday) 1-3pm at Poco Inn & Suites, 1545 Lougheed Highway, Port Coquitlam. The event connects recruiters and hiring companies with job seekers like professional adults, newcomers, temporary and permanent foreign workers, skilled and landed immigrants along with local & international students from Coquitlam and British Columbia area.

Click here for more information.


Youth Employment Connect

S.U.C.C.E.S.S has launched a new program called Youth Employment Connect – Training for Jobs (YEC-TFJ) Project, to help young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 looking for jobs in Information & Communication Technology (ICT) and Marketing & Sales sectors. For more information about the program, email Youth Employment Connect or visit their Service Centre located at 2058 Henderson Place, 1163 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam. 









National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week is on from April 7 to 13 at the City of Port Coquitlam. Volunteering  is a great way to gain hands-on experience in a variety of leadership roles while bettering your community. Sign up now! 


Join the Library Champions Project!

Information Sessions
April 11 (Thursday)
Port Moody Library (Park Lane Room)

April 18 (Thursday)
Coquitlam City Centre Library (Room 127)

Register here now. 









ANALYSIS: Canada's Budget for 2019

Canada's Federal Budget for 2019 offers a little to many, with new spending available for middle-class workers, students, and seniors. The budget does not offer incentives for business investment to address Canada‘s lagging productivity. Click here for more info. 

REPORT: Labour Relations Outlook 2019

With transitions to new governments across the country and a divisive political climate south of the border, the regulatory environment in Canada has become increasingly complex over the last several years. Combined with the marginal economic growth expected for 2019, both labour leaders and employers have a challenging bargaining year ahead of them. Read the report




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