TCLIP August 2020 Newsletter: Labour Market Resources, Upcoming Events
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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.

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 Project Secretariat.








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Are you a not-for-profit Board Member or Executive Director who wants to increase diversity and inclusion in your board but are not sure where to start? Then this workshop is for you!

Mark your calendar for October 6 (Tue) from 6-9 pm and get ready to learn key concepts and strategies for creating diversity on your board.








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RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards

The RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards is a people’s choice awards program that recognizes inspirational immigrants who have made a positive impact on their communities since arriving in Canada. As the first Canadian national award program, the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards recognize the achievements of all immigrants including community advocates, volunteers, successful entrepreneurs, cultural icons. 

Click here to vote for up to three finalists.

Settlement Agency Award

The Settlement Agency Award recognizes the hard work and programs that agencies provide to newcomers who have recently arrived or are already in Canada. Nominations will be accepted for any Settlement Agency in Canada, and the winner will be determined by a popular online vote on our website. 

Click here to vote for an agency that has made an impact.


Learn more about community engagement strategies for your organization

Tamarack Institute has published a paper on ’Community-Led‘ approaches to change, citing Black Lives Matter, Idle No More, poverty reduction, and youth empowerment as some examples that show incredible promise for advances towards community ownership of decision-making practices and active citizen participation in community life. Read more about it here.









Rapid Skills Development Fund For Workers Hit By COVID-19 (Call for Proposals)

Future Skills Centre will fund rapid skills development for workers hit by COVID-19 and is seeking proposals to support individuals by helping inform training & career paths for workers, especially those facing barriers based on geography, background or experience, and to support organizations to adopt new technologies & expand the understanding of a new health & safety environment, policy development & program delivery for large & small business, government, educational institutions & service delivery orgs. Application period is from May 26-Sept 1, 2020.

Visit this page for more information. .

Mentorship Programs in BC (resource)

TCLIP believes that mentorship is a great opportunity to expand one's network, while also intentionally supporting someone’s social capital. To this end, a list of mentorship programs has been put together to encourage participation in these programs that can greatly impact someone’s career, business or professional goals.  Please don’t hesitate to contact organizations to get involved.

If you know of a mentorship program that is not on the list, please email

Labour Market Workshop (in English): Banking & Finance

Meet an Assistant Branch Manager from Royal Bank of Canada to help explore your career options in the finance sector! Learn about the job and the hiring process in a virtual workshop on July 30th from 2-3 pm. Email for more information & to register.

Labour Market Workshop (in Farsi/Dari): IT

Listen to a software engineer share her knowledge about BC's IT industry on Aug 10, 17 & 24 from 4-6:30 pm.  To register, email


Let Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce Know You're Open For Business 

In an effort to encourage social distancing to help flatten the curve in the community, and through creative solutions to help curb the economic impact that will be felt by local businesses, Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is collecting a list of restaurants and businesses in the area and compiling their adjusted hours, online stores and operational procedures. Visit their website for more information. 

Short-Term Effects of COVID-19 on Self-Employed Workers in Canada (paper) 

This working paper, published by Econstor in partnership with Global Labor Organization, documents considerable negative short-term effects on small businesses in Canada.It also documents several heterogeneity based on owners characteristics which can help target additional help to address possible long term impacts on the Canadian economy and on job creation.

Economic Contributions of Visible Minorities in the Healthcare industry (report) 

Two hundred forty-five thousand five hundred (245,500) people were employed as nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates in Canada. More than a third were immigrants.Click here to read more. 

Economic impact of COVID-19 on Visible Minorities (report) 

In a recent survey conducted by Statistics Canada, visible minority participants were more likely than White participants to report that the COVID-19 pandemic had affected their ability to meet financial obligations or essential needs, such as rent or mortgage payments, utilities, and groceries. Read the full report here. 








Our partner libraries have reopened! Click on their logo for more information. 

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A website to help newcomers manage their finances

The Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, in partnership with National Bank, has put together the Managing Your Money in Canada website to help those who make day-to-day money decisions in their new life in Canada. Information about budgeting, credit scores, buying your first home and saving for retirement, among many other topics, can be found here. Visit the site for more details. 

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Listening and Learning: Courses on Understanding Racism, Inequality and Social Justice

It’s always been important to listen to, engage with, and learn from the perspectives of others—but now it is critical. In this learning collection from EdX, find courses that explore the history and systems that have and continue to shape the racial inequalities we face today, along with content that provides tools and skills for making change. 

Apply For A Grant To Fight Racism Through Human Rights 

Human Rights Internet (HRI) is now accepting grant applications to Fighting Racism Through Human Rights. Maximum grant value is $2000. Deadline for applications is on August 14, Friday. Individuals, community groups and associations, or not-for-profit organizations are encouraged to apply. 

Systemic Racism & Prejudice: Perceptions in Canada & the US (paper) 

The Association for Canadian Studies has published a paper on perceptions of Canadians & Americans around systemic racism based on skin colour, racist comments from friends & family, and social media exposure to racist comments, among other topics. 

Discrimination, inclusion & diversity during the COVID-19 pandemic (paper) 

The Institute for Canadian Citizenship, in partnership with Leger, polled two groups — 1,515 Canadians and 956 new citizens — about Canadians’ experiences, concerns, and attitudes about discrimination during
COVID-19. Canadians of colour reported higher concerns and experiences of discrimination since the COVID-19 crisis began. Read the full report here. 








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Putting Patients First: Call For Abstracts

The BC SUPPORT Unit invites patients, their families and caregivers, researchers, health care providers, and health system decision makers to share their patient-oriented research (POR) and experiences at the fourth annual BC SUPPORT Unit conference! For the first time our conference will be delivered using a virtual platform, increasing accessibility.

Successful applicants will virtually attend and present at Putting Patients First on October 8, 2020; be acknowledged on the Unit’s website and in the Unit’s newsletter, The Bulletin;
and have their virtual poster or breakout presentation recording available online for broad dissemination.

Visit this page for more information.








Moving Ahead Alliance is looking for a Coordinator 

MOSAIC, in partnership with six other immigrant-serving organizations under the Moving Ahead: BC Vulnerable Immigrant Program (VIPP) Alliance, is seeking a contracted coordinator that would support the operation of the Alliance, by organizing and facilitating monthly meetings, training sessions, conducting outreach to promote programs, produce reports, coordinate streaming & consistency of tools & practices, and represent BC Case Management Service Providers on behalf of the Alliance.

If interested, please respond to Darae Lee, Senior Manager of Settlement and Integration Programs at MOSAIC at, with a cover letter and resume. Please indicate your knowledge, skills and experience in working with immigrants and refugees, and how you are able to assist in carrying out the above functions for the Alliance. Deadline for applications is on July 26, 2020. 




For additional immigrant and settlement related resources, visit our website




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