TCLIP Dec 2020: Engaging Diverse Voices in the Tri-Cities
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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.

This newsletter is intended to share resources, upcoming events and community initiatives that may support your work. Please share with your teams and networks.

News items featured in the e-newsletter are sourced, provided to us by our partners or accessed through open data sources. To include your news and events in our next update, please email the TCLIP Team.








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Diversity in Books: A Book Club to Read Diverse Voices

TCLIP presents its first book club, Diversity in Books! Open to everyone in our community, the book club will be held virtually every first Wednesday of the month. Our first book club session will be facilitated by Coquitlam Public Library.




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Active Bystander Training

Active Bystander Training uses a witness-centered approach to disrupting racism. This training is designed to encourage participants to shift from being frozen or silent bystanders to becoming active witnesses. In doing so, we can disrupt racism and build a safer and more inclusive community. 









CRA Webinars for Newcomers
& International Students

Canada Revenue Agency is conducting webinars on the benefits and credits to which newcomers and international students may be entitled. 

If you would like your clients to attend the Newcomer Benefits & Credits Presentation on December 9th, have them register here

If you would like them to attend the International Students Presentation on December 10th, have them register here





Home Delivery for Seniors 

Coquitlam Public Library offers Home Delivery to Coquitlam residents 60 and above and those who are temporarily or permanently homebound in private homes, residences & care centres. Email for inquiries or read more info here








Tech Skills Classes for Seniors

FREE Technology Skills Classes are available for Seniors who want help learning skills on an iPad or iPhone or Android. Classes begin on January 11, 2021. You may sign up for the training here.

Port Moody Library Youtube Channel

Looking for online activities for your clients? Visit the Port Moody Library's Youtube Channel here.

Event Calendar 

Looking for events on newcomer support & digital literacy? Go to ISS of BC's event calendar here








Community Support & Recovery Plan Grant Program

Coquitlam not-for-profits and other community groups may apply for Community Support and Recovery (CSRP) Grants to replace lost revenue or to provide programs that respond to the pandemic. The program runs from Nov 16, 2020 to March 1, 2021 (or until funds are depleted). Click here for more info. 

Grants for Community Organizations

UBC Centre for Community Engaged Learning has announced that the next round of applications for Connect to Community Grant ($200-$1,500) and Chapman & Innovation Grants ($1,500-$10,000) are now open for community organizations that have a connection with UBC students and have a community project(s) in mind. Email to share your ideas or visit this page for more info. 

Canadian Heritage Grants 

The Department of Canadian Heritage is launching a call for proposals for the Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program (CSMARI).The CSMARI Program has three funding components: Projects, Community Capacity Building and Events. Deadline to apply for any of the first two components is January 12, 2021, while applications to events are accepted year-round. Visit this page for more info. 









Volunteer for SHARE Board of Directors

If you have experience in Human Resources Management, Housing & Property Development, Digital Transformation & Information, Technology or Community Engagement & Fundraising, then SHARE Family & Community Services just might be the place for you! Submit your resume by January 31, 2021 to

Port Moody Police Seeks Board Member

The Port Moody Police Board is looking for a community member to join the Board, and they are hoping to receive applications from typically under-represented voices. Applicants must live in Port Moody and have governance experience. If you know of individuals who might be interested in applying for this opportunity, please submit your expression of interest on or before 4:30 pm of December 18, 2021 to:

Chair, Port Moody Police Board
City of Port Moody, 100 Newport Drive
Port Moody, BC V3H 5C3




Survey to Support More Diverse Housing Options in Coquitlam

The City of Coquitlam has officially initiated the Southwest Housing Review (SWHR).  This Community Planning project will lead to updated plans and improved policies that will help create vibrant neighborhoods with more housing options in Southwest Coquitlam. Take the survey now. 

Port Moody Housing Survey & Share Your Story 

Share your thoughts about the availability and affordability of housing in Port Moody by taking this survey or sharing your own story about looking for housing. Deadline to submit the survey and/or story is on December 13, 2020.









Economic Recovery through Immigration 

The Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, has tabled the 2021‒2023 Immigration Levels Plan, which sets out a path for responsible increases to immigration targets to help the Canadian economy recover from COVID-19, drive future growth and create jobs for middle-class Canadians.

Related reading: What Canada's Population Growth Might Look Like with Reductions to Immigration





Workshop: Careers in Social Work 

S.U.C.C.E.S.S will be holding a series of workshops for those interested in jobs in Social Work & Community Services. Sessions will be held on the following dates:
Dec.3rd (Thu): Required Skills & Qualifications, Resumes Targeting Job Postings for Social & Community Workers
Dec. 8th (Tue): Core Interview Tips & Must-Know Questions for careers in Social & Community Services
Dec. 10th (Thu): Panel Talk with Current Community Workers
For more info, please email or call 778-656-0752.





Report: Technology-Enabled Innovations in the Skills and Employment Ecosystem

This paper outlines places where technology can or is providing innovative approaches to skills training. This includes the assessment of skills, development of skills, and the alignment of supply and demand—including advancing bias-free recruitment. With real-world examples from around the world, it also reviews how technology can improve access, diversity and workplace inclusivity amongst equity-seeking groups.





WorkBC Wage Subsidy Program

The WorkBC Wage Subsidy Program covers a part of employee wages so employers can hire job seekers and provide work opportunities. Both unemployed individuals and employers in B.C. can benefit from WorkBC Wage Subsidy. 

To know more about this program, visit or book an appointment at any of the following offices in the Tri-Cities: Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody.








Virtual Workshops from the Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table

Understanding Impacts of Settler's Colonialism in Canada 

December 8, 2020 (Tue) | 9:00 -11:00 am

This introductory session will examine
the following topics: What is racism? What are the impacts of racism on our communities? and finally, what are steps we can take to address racism?

From Bystander to Allyship 

January 13, 2021 (Wed) | 9:00 - 11:00 am

This webinar explores knowing how to respond to
incidents of non-inclusive language and behaviour in the community and the workplace.








Sharing Settlement & Integration Practices That Work 

Pathways to Prosperity has been contracted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to design, implement, and evaluate a process for identifying and sharing promising practices in immigrant settlement and integration with an empirical basis for their effectiveness. Over a two-year period, Pathways to Prosperity will produce 25 videos and accompanying briefs on promising practices, targeting a range of service areas, providers, and client groups.









TCLIP Holiday Advisory

Our office will be closed from December 25th to January 1st and will open again on January 4th, 2021. 




For additional immigrant and settlement related resources, visit our website




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