Tri-Cities LIP: May-June 2019 Newsletter
Email Header

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.









Understanding Company Dynamics Using An Equity Tool

Applying an equity tool to an existing program or policy in your department can be a concrete way to engage other staff members in discussions about structural racism and systems change. It can provide a concrete space to critically examine existing dynamics or status-quo communications and determine if and how staff would like to change those dynamics. At the same time, the tool can often identify new solutions or opportunities for advancing equity.

Check out the Health Equity website to find out more. 

A tool that can measure "cultural distance" 

What's the "cultural distance" between Canada and other countries? Presenting a new tool developed by experts from across two continents that provides a means to measure the psychological and cultural distance between two societies and create a distance scale with any population as the point of comparison. It may be used to design, plan, and justify a wide range of comparative psychological projects. 








Full Image

2019 May Day Celebration at PoCo

Mark your calendar for May 3 to 11, 2019, when Port Coquitlam celebrates its 96th annual May Day with nine days of free family activities, local culture, live entertainment and more. Visit this link for more information. 

Maximizing Donor Engagement In The Tri-Cities

May 6, 2019 (Mon)
9 am – 12.15 pm 
Coquitlam CIty Centre Library 
1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam 

Fees: $50 for members/ $100 for non-members

Please call 604.529.5139 or email  for more information.

Be A Green Team Volunteer

May 10, 2019 (Fri)
9 am -12 pm
1090 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam

A large green site next to Nelson Creek is filled with invasive blackberry, and the Lower Mainland Green Team need your help to dig it up. 

Check out this link for more information. 

Tri-Cities Young Professionals (TCYP) Social

May 23, 2019 (Thurs)
5.30 - 7 pm
Juris Notary
315-9940 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam 

Socialize professionally in a laid back environment fostering authentic connection. Build your business network

If you're interested in joining the TCYP program and want to check out this event as a guest, please email

Become A Police Volunteer

May 23, 2019 (Thurs)
9 am – 12.15 pm 
Coquitlam CIty Centre Library 
1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam 

Learn about how to become a Coquitlam Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) volunteer and what types of opportunities are available in our community and crime prevention programs.

Visit the RCMP website for more information. 

Connect Now Coquitlam

June 4, 2019 (Tues)
10.15 am - 12.30 pm
Ricky's Family Restaurants
116-1090 Lougheed Hwy Coquitlam

Join Connect Now Coquitlam for their monthly networking lunch to meet other professionals and discover new business opportunities. 

Click here for more information. 

Port Moody Community Fair

June 15, 2019 (Sat)
11 am - 3 pm
City of Port Moody
100 Newport Dr, Port Moody

Celebrate community while connecting with local people, services, and organizations. Discover local volunteer opportunities, clubs, community associations, and more. 

Click here for more information. 


Glen Pine Spring Bazaar

June 2, 2019 (Sun)
9 am - 2 pm (outdoor flea market)
10.30 am - 12 pm (indoor showcase)
1200 Glen Pine Court, Coquitlam

One person's junk is another person's treasure! This bazaar has two components: a Neighbourhood Flea Market in Spirit Square; and a Collectibles, Arts & Crafts Showcase in the Great Room featuring collections (dolls, comics, coins, stamps, sporting cards, etc.), art, antiques and memorabilia. The Glen Pine Crafts group will be hosting a bazaar. Entrance is FREE and open to the public.

To book a table for either event, please call 604-927-4386.  


Join the Coquitlam Crunch 2019

Early registration for the 10th annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge in September is open until May 31. The event includes the four-hour challenge up and down the Crunch‘s infamous incline, as well as a stairmaster challenge and a recreational category for families, friends and colleagues.

Visit for more details. 

Rain Or Shine, It's Picnic Time

Bring your own weather to a picnic! The Simon Fraser University (SFU) Japanese Network invite you to their yearly Picnic on May 10, 2019 (Fri) at Rocky Point Park (near the Ice Cream Station) from 4pm onwards. Exciting activities include suikawari (a traditional Japanese game of splitting a watermelon while blindfolded), frisbee and many more! Click here for more details. 

A Night Of English & French Canadian Tunes

LES ÉCHOS DU PACIFIQUE invite you to join them at their Spring Concert. The award-winning choir will sing a selection of famous Canadian tunes, new and old, in English and French on May 11 (Sat), 7.30 pm at St. Laurence Anglican Church, 825 rue St. Laurence, Coquitlam. Visit their website for more information.








How To Apply For A Travel Document (in Farsi)

May 6, 2019 (Mon)
4 - 6 pm
ISS of BC 
200-504 Cottonwood Ave., Coquitlam, BC

To register, contact Zohreh Kondori at 604-649-7963 or 

Tenants' Rights & Responsibilities 

May 7, 2019 (Tue)
6 p.m.
Terry Fox Library 
2470 Mary Hill Rd, Port Coquitlam

Are you a tenant wanting to know your right and responsibilities from start to the end of your tenancy? A speaker from the Residential Tenancy Branch will provide crucial information on the Residential Tenancy Law in BC

To register, call 604.468.6102 or 6069 or email

How To Set Up A Business in B.C

May 23, 2019 (Thurs)
10 am- 12 pm
Burnaby-Coquitlam Service Centre
435 B North Road
Coquitlam BC 

To register, contact Zelda Shum at 604-936-5900 or email 

Successful Job Search Strategies  (in Korean)

May 23, 2019 (Thurs) 
10 am - 12 pm
Coquitlam City Centre Library 
1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

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

Wills, Representation  & Power of Attorney (in Mandarin)

May 24, 2019 (Fri)
1 - 3 pm 
Coquitlam City Centre Library 
1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam 

To register, contact Henry Lu  778-284-7026 (ext 1566) or email

Foreign Credential Recognition (in Farsi)

May 25, 2019 (Sat) 
10 am - 12 pm 
2058 Henderson Place
1168 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam 

Learn more about the process of verifying foreign academic and career experience for the Canadian workplace. 

To register, please call 604.468.6000

Life Without Driving

June 4, 2019 (Tues)
1 pm
Rec Complex - Green Room
2150 Wilson Ave, Port Coquitlam

If you are new to the area or a new user of transit services, independence is important; find new ways to get around, alternatives to driving and how to plan for the decision to no longer drive.

Click here for more information. 

English Conversation Circle 

June 7 & 14, 2019 (Fri)
10.00 am - 12.00 pm (June 7)
12.30 pm  - 2:30 pm (June 14)
 ISS of BC
136-3030 Lincoln Ave, Coquitlam 

To register, contact Elsie Decena at 778-284-7026 (ext 1560) or email









Seeking new, high-impact ways for organizations and communities to work together to create social change? 

Citizens at the Centre is a special one-day workshop with Max Hardy, a leading Australian Community Engagement consultant, along with Liz Weaver and Sylvia Cheuy of the Tamarack Institute to learn core principles and innovative practices to better engage your community.

The workshop will be held in Vancouver on May 7. More information can be found here.









Economic Summit: The Future Is 2020

May 8, 2019 (Wed)
7 - 11.30 am
Executive Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre
405 North Road, Coquitlam

The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 5th Annual Economic Summit in Coquitlam. This year's event looks at the future, exploring new innovations and technology including AI and automation and their effects on business, marketing, transportation, connectivity and so much more.
Visit the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce site for more details. 

Express Entry & BC Provincial Nominee Programs

May 15, 2019 (Wed)
6 – 8 pm
Port Moody Public Library
100 Newport Dr. Port Moody

Find out the latest information about immigration options for work permit holders and international students. Topics include application requirements,
express entry and the BC Provincial Nominee Program. Participants can ask their own questions during the question and answer period.

Please call 604.468.6069 or 6022, or email


Coquitlam Job Fair 2019

June 26, 2019 (Wed)
1 - 3 pm
Executive Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre
405 North Road, Coquitlam

Connect with HR Managers, recruiters & hiring companies. Open to newcomers, temporary/permanent foreign workers, skilled/landed immigrants and local & international students from British Columbia.

Click here for more details. 









Take The BC Food Costing Report Evaluation Survey 

The BC Centre for Disease Control and the regional health authorities are evaluating the BC Food Costing Report 2017 and Dissemination project.

Please use this survey link to provide feedback on the Report and key messages. The anonymous survey should take about 15 minutes to complete. Deadline for your response is May 12th!


Vote for the Immigrant That Inspires You 

Meet the top 75 finalists of RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards and cast your votes! Deadline is on or before May 17. More about it here.

Borrowing things may be good for your health

According to this article, research shows that small talk and casual connections make happy communities. Source:Tamarack Community.









Why and how was the Express Entry designed? 

This comprehensive report explores how and why the Express Entry system was designed, its impact on economic immigration to Canada, and a number of persistent challenges. These include re-examining how the system weighs prospective immigrants’ real versus theoretical skills, and the gaps between the economic outcomes of principal applicants and their dependents.




 If you would like a program or resource (new or established) to be featured on the monthly e-newsletter, please contact Pearlsha at




Please feel free to share this e-mail with your network
Subscribe to our e-newsletter today!  
Follow us on Twitter: @tc_lip
Follow us on Facebook: @tricitieslip
Facebook Twitter Instagram Vimeo