Tri-Cities LIP Connects Newsletter - December 2022
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Tri-Cities LIP Connects E-Newsletter December 2022
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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Save the Date! January 17 - Community Building Dialogues: Celebrating Intercultural Connections

Tue, January 17, 2023 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm | Pasta Polo Restaurant | Free admission, but registration is required; light refreshments and food will be served.

The Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership (TCLIP) and Foundation for a Path Forward will jointly host a community dialogue to encourage and promote intercultural connections in a welcoming, inclusive, and safer space. The dialogue will bring together stakeholders from diverse backgrounds to meet each other and participate in open, facilitated discussions about their cultures, lived experiences, and challenges they face as part of their communities. 

We are inviting neighbors to hear about each other‘s experiences and work towards dismantling systemic racism by supporting the continued development of resilient and diverse communities in the Tri-Cities region. The event is free, but registration required; light refreshments and food will be served.





"Mothers Mental Health Toolkit” Training Sessions | TCLIP

January 16 & 17 | 1:00pm - 4:30pm | Online

Are you an early-years childcare provider?
In partnership with the BC Council for Families, TCLIP is inviting you to attend 2 half-day “Mothers Mental Health Toolkit” Training Sessions on January 16 & 17. This virtual training designed for early-years childcare service providers will enhance mental health literacy, provide guidance on how to promote mental wellness for families, and highlight strategies to support women and their families towards mental wellness. 

There is limited space available, and registration is required.
The sessions are part of a new “Tri-Cities Wrap Around Model for Mental Health for Immigrant Families”. This project aims to enhance service provider capacity to promote mental health in service delivery, raise awareness of the importance of mental health in culturally appropriate ways, increase accessibility of mental health supports & services for immigrant families, and mobilize knowledge through a national community of practice and local knowledge hub. 
This is a two half-day virtual training scheduled for Monday January 16th and Tuesday January 17th, 2023 from 1:00-4:30pm. There are 35 spaces available, with Tri-Cities based providers receiving first priority. Contact Chantel Spade, Project Coordinator at if you have any questions.




Coquitlam Recreation Program Guide and Seniors Guide for Winter 2023 Now Available

The City of Coquitlam's Winter Recreation Programs Guide is now out. There are plenty of recreational, sports, arts programs, classes, and initiatives for all ages. The Guides include program information for: 
  • Early years (0 - 5 years old)
  • Children and Youth (6 - 18 years old)
  • Adults and seniors (19+ years old)
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Special city events
  • Parks, arts, and culture programs




Community Health Corner

New Urgent and Primary Care Centre Opened in Port Moody

Residents living in the Tri-Cities will benefit from improved access to team-based, comprehensive primary health care with the official opening of an Urgent and Primary Care Centre (UPCC) in Port Moody last month. The Centre is open from 9:00am to 8:00pm., seven days a week, for patients seeking non-life-threatening urgent care.


Blood Donation Event - Port Coquitlam | Canadian Blood Services

Mon, December 19, 2022 | 1:00pm - 7:45pm | Riverside Community Church
Giving something lifesaving this holiday will make all the difference. What better gift can you give than a donation that could save a person‘s life? Help patients come home this winter season by signing up to donate blood at the upcoming Port Coquitlam blood donation drive for those critically in need.

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Canoo App: Discover the best of Canada for free

Canoo provides newcomers to Canada with free VIP access to over 1,400 of the country‘s most exciting cultural and outdoor experiences. 

WHAT IS CANOO? Canoo is a FREE mobile app that offers newcomers like you a one-year membership that unlocks unlimited free admission to over 1400 experiences & places to visit, as well as discounts on travel, concerts, festivals, outdoor activities, sports, and more.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE? A one-year Canoo membership is available to any newcomer to Canada over the age of 18 within the newcomer‘s (i) first five years as a Permanent Resident OR (ii) first year of Canadian citizenship. Up to four kids under 18 can access the member‘s benefits.




Immigrants Couples Group
(English, Mandarin 中文)

Sat. (6 sessions) | 2:00pm-3:30pm | Online
This group is designed for couples who are looking for strategies and tools to enhance their relationships or experiencing challenges in their relationships. Live Mandarin interpretation available. Learn skills & strategies to manage stress in marital relationships; Navigate the culture and society of Canada; Connect with other newcomer couples.

Contact Dorian Huang from MOSAIC for questions and registration. Email:     
Phone: 236-521-7092

Life Skills Sessions for Newcomers (Permanent Residents and Government Assisted Refugees) to Canada

Wed, December 21 & 28, 2022 | 11:00am-12:30pm | Online
Join MOSAIC's Free Life Skills Sessions for Newcomers to: find yourself again, discover your strengths, rebuild confidence, emotional well-being and more

Register by emailing

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Building Bridges Program Info Session | Pacific Immigrant Resources Society

Thur, February 2nd | 1-2pm and 6-7pm | Online
Are you a skilled immigrant or refugee woman? Are you interested in honing your skills to increase employability? The Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS) can help you set and achieve your career goals in 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, please contact Rabia Kaihan at or (778) 608-4438
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.

This Building Bridges program by PIRS is a FREE 20-week Program on Thursdays 6:00 to 8:30 pm, from February 23 - July 27, 2023. Online on Zoom with the possibility of a few in-person sessions.





Career Paths Info Session | ISS of BC

Tue,  December 20 & 27 | 12:00pm-1:00pm | Registration required | Online
As a skilled immigrant, this is your opportunity to learn how Career Paths can assist you with returning to your pre-arrival (outside of Canada) profession. In this session you will learn more information on ISS of BC services, such as: Credential evaluations and obtaining BC licenses, Regulatory body and association membership, Skills and course funding, Career planning and job search support

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Volunteer with SHARE Family & Community Services Society this Holiday 

Volunteers Needed for 2022 SHARE Holiday Programs! SHARE is looking for volunteers to help support their events benefiting the SHARE Gift Wrap, Toy Bank and Sorting, CP Train Food Donation Drive, and Food Bank Unloading to support low income families in the Tri-Cities.





Volunteer as a Snow Angel this Winter | City of Coquitlam

Winter can be difficult and isolating time for seniors and those with mobility or accessibility concerns. The City of Coquitlam is actively recruiting volunteer Snow Angels, neighbours who can lend a helping hand this winter by assisting those who are unable to clear their City sidewalks. Snow Angels can be anyone who wishes to volunteer to help make the City’s sidewalks safer for those in need.

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More internationally educated family doctors on the way | BC Government News Release

International Experience Canada to increase program capacity by 20% | CIC News

Ethnic politics is already a science in the U.S. It‘s on the way in Canada | The Vancouver Sun

1-in-3 Ukrainians with visas have reached Canada as applications approach 700K | Langley Times

Recent Canadian immigrants endured disproportionate economic strain due to COVID-19: Statistics Canada | CIC News

Canada takes aim at healthcare accreditation amongst historic labour shortages | CIC News




Canadian public opinion about immigration and refugees - Fall 2022 | Environics Institute

The “Canadian Experience” Disconnect: Immigrant Selection, Economic Settlement, and Hiring | Conference Board of Canada

Working Paper: The work trajectories of married Canadian immigrant women, 2006-2019 | Canadian Labour Economics Forum 

The majority oppressed?
On asymmetrical multiculturalism and majority rights | Comparative Migration Studies




For additional immigrant and settlement related resources, visit

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