Tri-Cities Connect Newsletter - February 2023
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Tri-Cities LIP Connects E-Newsletter February 2023
We bring community leaders, organizations, and newcomers together to build welcoming & inclusive communities in the Tri-Cities.

This newsletter connects newcomers and service providers to community resources, events and initiatives that support newcomer inclusion and participation in the Tri-Cities.
Events & Community Information | Newcomer Settlement | Career Resources |
 Civic Engagement & Volunteer Opportunities | Research & News Publications
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Community Building Dialogues: Introduction to the B.C. Human Rights Code, Education Session

Thur, February 16 | 6:00 - 7:30pm | Online
TCLIP and B.C.'s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner will jointly host an education session to support the community in creating a more inclusive Tri-Cities by better understanding your rights and responsibilities under the B.C. Human Rights Code.

The webinar is free to attend and everyone is welcome, but registration is required. Scan the QR code or click the button below.
This will be an opportunity for you to learn how to situate B.C.‘s Human Rights Code within other human rights laws, recognize terms used in the B.C. human rights system, identify discrimination under B.C.‘s Human Rights Code, and recognize what protected personal characteristics can be used to make human rights complaints.




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Reimagine: TCLIP Community Forum 2023

Wed, February 22 | 9:00am - 2:00pm | Evergreen Cultural Centre 
We're inviting everyone in the Tri-Cities - residents, service providers, municipal agency representatives, community partners - to join us for the annual TCLIP Community Forum. Learn, connect and discuss how community services can be more reflective of the needs of our diverse community, with a special presentation from Statistics Canada on the most recent 2021 Census data.

Join us to: understand and provide insights on the changing needs of immigrants in the Tri-Cities; connect with community stakeholders and identify ways to collaborate; explore opportunities in services & supports beyond traditional models. The event is free to attend and everyone is welcome, but registration is required. There will be light refreshments.




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Celebrating Black History Month - February, 2023

Celebrating and honouring the legacies of the African and Caribbean diaspora in Canada. 
Black History Month is an opportunity for Canadians to better understand and learn about Black histories in their local communities, and going beyond stories of slavery and oppression to spotlight Black achievements. The role of Black Canadians and their communities in shaping Canada's heritage dates back to the 1600's, but has largely been erased as a key narrative of Canadian history. As we honour Black History Month it is also important to recognize the systemic inequalities and anti-Black racism that Black folks still experience across the country, and continue our collective efforts towards equity, dignity and justice for all.

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Black History Month on Family Day with Coquitlam Heritage Socity

Sat, February 18 | 12:00pm - 3:00pm | Victoria Hall, Coquitlam
Celebrate the dynamic and varied cultures of the African diaspora in Coquitlam and the Lower Mainland! Listen to bands representing a variety of African musical traditions and styles, visit booths from community partners, and enjoy African inspired treats, face painting, and  balloon animals. All ages welcome; free event, no registration required.





Early Years Services Training Needs Assessment Survey - PHAC Mental Health Project

Do you provide early years’ services to immigrant families in the Tri-Cities? We want to hear from you.

The following survey is to assess relevant training or activities that can better support early years’ service providers engaging immigrant families around mental health literacy. Complete the survey by February 28.
Your response is confidential. The information gathered from the survey will be presented in aggregate, meaning their names and identities will not appear in any reports. As an appreciation for your feedback, respondents will be entered into a draw for a $100 gift card after they complete this survey.

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Active Career Connect & Engagement Project - Info Session

Tue, February 7-28 | 9:30am - 10:30am | Online
If you are a newcomer without Canadian Work Experience, you are welcome to attend this online info session to learn about how you can gain paid Canadian work experience opportunities through the Active Career Connect & Engagement Project (ACCEP). The Program offers services online across BC to help you to achieve your career goals.

Tax Information Workshop for Newcomers - Income Tax Series

Thur, February 16 | 7:00pm - 8:00pm | Online
The RBC Newcomer Specialists Team and Coquitlam Library jointly host an info session on filing your 2022 income taxes, and provide guidance and advice for Newcomers as they prepare to submit tax filing. You will receive coaching and important information for the upcoming tax season. 




Home Buyer Information Session 住宅購入の基礎知識 (Japanese)

Thur, February 16 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm | Online
Join S.U.C.C.E.S.S. for an information session for newcomers looking to get into the housing market. The info session will include these topics:
  • Housing Market Overview
  • Home Buying Process and Requirements
  • How to Get a Mortgage
  • Tax-Free First Home Savings Account (FHSA)

Tenant-Landlord Law in BC 租客和房东的权益与责任-BC 省租约法 (Mandarin)

Tue, February 14 & 21 | 10:00am - 12:00pm | Online 
Join S.U.C.C.E.S.S. for an information session about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant or landlord under B.C.'s Residential Tenancy Act. 
  • Tenancy agreements
  • Tenant-landlord responsibilities
  • Ending tenancy / eviction
  • Dispute resolution

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Building Bridges Program Info Session | Pacific Immigrant Resources Society

Thur, February 2 | 1:00 - 2:00pm and 6:00 - 7:00pm | Online
Are you a skilled immigrant or refugee woman? Are you interested in strengthening your skills to increase employability? Building Bridges program by PIRS is aimed at skilled immigrant and refugee women interested in professional and career development to increase their employability. The program helps them elevate fundamental skills, build a network of support, and plan pathways to meaningful career in Canada. It is a FREE 20-week Program on Thursdays 6:00 to 8:30 pm, from February 23 - July 27, 2023.

PIRS is hosting 2 online Information Sessions on Thursday, February 2nd (1-2pm and 6-7pm) to provide more information and answer any questions from interested participants. For registration, contact Rabia Kaihan at or (778) 608-4438.





Career Event: Pathways to Employment & Self-Employment for Newcomers

Wed, February 15 | 8:00am - 3:00pm | In-person
Join the Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table to hear from a panel of inspiring newcomer professionals and entrepreneurs about the successes and challenges of navigating their career journeys. Meet 1 on 1 with new immigrant services staff, employment specialists, and HR professionals to learn about available resources and support for your job search as a newcomer.

Event is free, but registration required as there is limited space available. Light breakfast and lunch will be served





Job Search Strategies - Career Prep Workshop | Work BC

Thur, February 16 |  2:00pm - 3:30pm | Online 
At this workshop, Work BC's Employment Advising Specialists will answer all your questions about the job search process, and guide you to set SMART goals in creative ways and exploring how to effectively manage your time. The workshop will also cover how to keep your motivation up and focus on how to get a job that‘s right for you.





The Power of Mentorship - Professional Development Workshop | MOSAIC

Wed, February 22 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm | Online
Mentorship is a powerful tool which can result in both personal and professional growth. Whether you‘re seeking direction, advice, or greater networking opportunities, mentorship can help take your career to the next level. Join MOSAIC for a workshop on the best practices for mentorship and how to use mentorship to supercharge your career.

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Seeking Public Input for Port Moody 2050: Updating the City's Official Community Plan

As part of Port Moody 2050, the City is gathering public input and draft updates to its Official Community Plan. Port Moody residents are invited to join one of the 4 community dialogue session in February 2023 (3 in-person, 1 online). This is an opportunity for residents to learn about proposed key directions for Official Community Plan (OCP) updates and engage in round-table discussions on topics of such as: neighbourhood character, community amenities, parks, transportation and mobility, housing, and economic development.




Accepting Applications: Community Advisory Group for City of Coquitlam Public Library 

The Community Advisory Group provides a unique opportunity for you to share your voice in a way that benefits your community and impacts the work and direction of Coquitlam Public Library. As a member, you will: help the Library listen to the community, share information about the Library's resources with Coquitlam residents and groups, find opportunities for building community relationships, help ensure the Library stays ahead of the technological curve, and advocate for the Library. 

The Coquitlam Library is seeking applicants (18+) who live in Coquitlam and who have knowledge or work in education, immigration, local business, senior support, and youth services. People of colour, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities, and individuals of all socioeconomic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply for this opportunity. Volunteers must be able to attend and participate in monthly meetings and commit to a 2-year term.

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