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Promoting welcoming communities where immigrants can fully participate and are included in their community

This newsletter connects newcomers and service providers to community resources, events and initiatives that support their inclusion and participation in the Tri-Cities.
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Dismantling Barriers & Fostering Belonging:
An Anti-Racism Initiative


The Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership (TCLIP) presents Dismantling Barriers & Fostering Belonging: An Anti-Racism Initiative from May 4 to 21, 2021. 

The event will feature a variety of activities and workshops that will engage community members in deepening their understanding of anti-racism and social justice, and equip service providers with tools, strategies and resources to develop inclusive workplaces, programs & services. 

Some of these activities include keynote speakers, workshops on allyship, racial and disability justice, and many more. Join us as we learn together, develop empathy and engage in transformative change for our communities. 

Stay tuned for more details!

 

 

 

INCLUSION INITIATIVES

 

 

 

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Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network Launches Website

The Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network, which delivers accessible resources for education, community building, dialogue, issues identification, and mobilization in over 50 communities throughout British Columbia, has launched its website at resiliencebc.ca

The website features anti-racism tools and resources and includes a "Find Your Community Network" section that has a map with organizations' names and contact details. 

 

 

 

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We All Have A Part to Play When It Comes to Anti-Racism

The Government of British Columbia has launched an anti-racism information campaign to shine a light on racism and encourage British Columbians to examine their own personal biases and take a stand against discrimination.
 
The campaign features nine illustrations by different artists living and working in B.C. It is a series of anti-racism reminders that encourage more open discussion about discrimination, more reflection on the racism that happens in everyday situations, and for people to speak out if they see discrimination in its various forms.

 

 

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS   INFORMATION

 

 

 

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Come Get Your French Canadian On(line)! 

Starting April 16th, experience the amazing music, dance and joyful spirit of Festival du Bois at home, in your own cabane.

See exclusive concerts by brilliant music-makers from across Canada – everything from traditional Québécois podorythmie to fiddle and accordion tunes to a renowned Innu singer/songwriter and an electrifying Zydeco dance band – and so much more!

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Spring Photo Challenge

Photographers of all ages: take pictures showing the Tri-Cities at her spring best, then submit them electronically to the Coquitlam Public Library website. Selected submissions will be posted online, shared through Instagram, or put on digital display boards inside the library branches. 

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Book Trivia Night at Port Moody Library 

On April 20th, grab your virtual trivia team and meet the folks over at the Port Moody Library in Zoom for a battle of the books! They will be asking simple book trivia and your team can compete against others to see who will reign supreme. Plus, you get an opportunity to win a cool prize from a local business. Check out their website for this month’s theme.

Photos of cherry blossoms by Boudewijn Huysmans; book by NegiPho / Unsplash.com 

 

 

 

TAX PREPARATION

 

 

 

Dogwood & Glen Pine Pavilions Offering Tax Help Sessions
for Seniors

The City of Coquitlam is offering tax help to seniors 50 years old and above. Tax returns will be done over the phone. Participants must register in advance for an appointment time.

To register by phone, contact 604-927-4386.

For more information, email jcouture@coquitlam.ca.

Income Tax Preparation Support from SHARE

SHARE Family and Community Services is offering tax services to those who qualify.

To be eligible, you must be:
• 19 years or older;
• A resident of the Tri-Cities;
• Have simple taxes – no rental, investment or employment income.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the service is provided using a drop off/pick up system. You can drop off your tax documents on Tuesday or Thursday between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm at SHARE. 

For more information, please contact Elissa Ponte at 604-937-6992 or elissa.ponte@sharesociety.ca.

 

 

 

LABOUR MARKET

 

 

 

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Canada Emergency Business Account Extended to June

The Government of Canada has announced that the deadline for new Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) applications is being extended from March 31 to June 30, 2021.

The extension will allow more businesses to access the support they need as Canada’s economy continues to deal with localized public health restrictions and, for a number of businesses, reduced opening hours or reduced demand for services. Extending the application deadline to June 2021 also aligns CEBA with the timelines of other federal government support programs for business.


                                                                                                                    Photo by Ketut Subiyanto / Pexels.com

 

 

 

WorkBC Careers Series: Provincial Health Services Authority

Learn more about job opportunities with the  Provincial Health Services Authority as well as the application process, in a virtual workshop by WorkBC on April 13th.

While this event is open to everyone within BC, it is recommended to register with WorkBC ahead of time so that you can present the best cover letter, resume and interview skills possible. Call WorkBC at 604.466.4604 for more details.

Employer Meeting Session with Statistics Canada 

If you want to gain experience working for the federal government, S.U.C.C.E.S.S will be holding an information session about employment opportunities with Statistics Canada on April 15th. The session will cover the overview of 2021 Census, census jobs in the context of COVID-19, hiring process, benefits and salary range, available positions and more. For questions, contact waleed.sallami@success.bc.ca or call 604-330-8049 / 604-279-7180. 

 

 

 

Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants

Douglas College Career Paths will hold virtual info sessions about the Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants Program. This program assists internationally trained professionals in navigating the regulatory requirements in Canada for their professions and/or gaining employment in their field in BC. Douglas College is the exclusive provider of high demand Health, Education, and Social Services occupations in BC, as well as regulated and unregulated professions in the Tri-Cities. Learn more about their program eligibility and service delivery model at the virtual information sessions on April 14th or 15th.

Hiring Event at Amazon


Check out Amazon's upcoming hiring event for several positions. If you are an immigrant living in BC, you are welcome to join this free online hiring session (in English) on April 29 at 10 am . Registration required as seats are limited. Contact vincent.nguyen@success.bc.ca.

 

 

 

HEALTH

 

 

 

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Webinars on COVID-19 Immunization Program with VCH & Fraser Health

In partnership with VCH Health Care and Fraser Health, S.U.C.C.E.S.S Immigrant Settlement and Integration Program will hold webinars on BC's COVID-19 immunization program on April 1st, 12th and 16th. The webinars will be held in multiple languages. 

 

 

 

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Self-Care Resources

Mental health is an important aspect of our well-being. With the current pandemic, social isolation and stress can impact our mental health. Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership has prepared a Self-Care Tips Guide, containing some resources on stress management and self-care, with some specific information to support community members and service providers.

 

 

 

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

 

 

 

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Vaccine Community Innovation Challenge 

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is looking for creative and innovative ideas from the public for communications campaigns targeted to groups within their communities who have been  greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of the Vaccine Community Innovation Challenge, 20 finalists will be chosen to receive $25,000 each to develop their ideas and launch their community-based campaigns. At the end of the Challenge period, a grand prize of $100,000 will be awarded to one winner to reinvest in their community to protect and promote public health.
The deadline for PHAC to receive submissions is
3 pm EST April 9, 2021. 

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Help Canadians Affected by Emergencies and Disasters

The Canadian Red Cross is in need of volunteers to join their Emergency Management Team today.

Volunteers receive training and guidance on how to safely provide vital services to people affected by an emergency or a disaster – either large or small. As well, you'll learn how to provide practical and emotional support to people who have suddenly found themselves without a home and have turned to the Canadian Red Cross for help.

Photo (L-R): Cottonbro; Matthias Zomer/ Pexels.com


 

 

 

WORKSHOPS

 

 

 

Sponsor Your Parents & Grandparents (Arabic) 

April 9 | 3pm

Venue: Zoom webinar
Contact: Alaa Idris
Phone: 778-229-4371
Email:alaa.idris@issbc.org

Applying for Citizenship  (Korean)

April 13 (adults) | 10:30 am
April 20 (minors) | 10:30 am 


Venue: Zoom webinar
Contact: Isabel Lee
Phone: 778-372-6550
Email: isabel.lee@issbc.org

Fraud Prevention
(English)

April 14 | 7pm

Venue: Zoom webinar
For more info, go to: https://calendar.portmoodylibrary.ca/default/Detail/2021-04-14-1900-Fraud-Prevention

 

 

 

Impact of Social Media 

April 17 | 1pm

Venue: Zoom webinar
Contact: Jalini Paramsothi 
Phone: 604-657-2657
Email: jalini.paramsothi@issbc.org

Buying & Selling Houses (Korean) 

April 20 | 10 am

Venue: Online
Contact: Esther Chang
Phone: 236-880-3071
Email:
esther.chang@success.bc.ca
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Canadian Citizenship Test Preparation (Dari/Farsi/Pashto)

April 21 & 27 | 2pm

Venue: Zoom webinar
Contact: Abdul Samim
Phone:778-383-1438 (ext.1910)
Email: abdul.samim@issbc.org

 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

 

 

A Higher Standard:
Setting federal standards in long-term care and continuing care

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical importance of federal government leadership in health care. The pandemic‘s impact has been particularly dramatic in long-term care homes, exposing a fragmented and under-resourced system that is heavily reliant on for-profit delivery. This report proposes foundational principles for pan-Canadian continuing care services. 

Promoting Collective Action in Migrant Communities 

This research explores how migrant collective action fosters resilience at multiple scales.

Individual and community-level resilience refers to the capacity of people to adapt to and overcome adversities to achieve well-being. Transformative resilience further captures the capacity to bring about systemic changes through collective action. 

 

 

 

For additional immigrant and settlement related resources, visit our website www.tricitieslip.ca

 

 

 

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