Tri-Cities LIP: January-February 2020
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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.

Thank you for your continued partnership and we look forward to further collaborations in 2020!

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Kindness Rocks! 

The Tri-Cities Together: Coalition against Racism & Hate is embarking on an exciting public awareness & education campaign. Using painted rocks to share stories and messages of kindness, inclusion and acceptance, the project will engage the public on the impacts of racism & discrimination and how to respond to these incidents. 

The rocks will be placed on trails, parks, and public spaces where residents gather across the Tri-Cities.

We are looking for groups or individuals to help paint rocks and to share stories to empower others to be an ally against racism & discrimination. 

Contact Abigail Cameron to get involved in this project.

Photo courtesy of Leah Pells




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Crossing The Divide: Deepening Our Understanding of
Diversity in the Tri-Cities 

February 18, 2020 
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
C1008-1009 Douglas College
David Lam Campus
1250 Pinetree Way Coquitlam

Explore ways to improve service delivery to meet the diverse needs of residents through an intersectional framework while promoting meaningful intercultural connections through a deeper understanding of diversity in the Tri-Cities. 

Click here to register!








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Fraser Health Surveys 

The Fraser Northwest Division of Family Practice is working with community physicians, specialists, health care providers, and stakeholders to better understand health services and care provided in New Westminster and the Tri-Cities.

The following surveys will ask you about your experiences of receiving care. Please complete any of the surveys here that make sense for you.

The surveys will be open until January 2nd, and there is a chance to win 1 of 6 $25 visa gift cards.

BC Natural Resources Survey

Participate in the most comprehensive resource sector survey in BC!  Survey results will be released at the 17th Annual BC Natural Resources Forum, January 28-30, 2020 in Prince George.

This should take around 10 minutes — everyone who completes the survey and joins will be entered into a draw for a $500 Air Canada gift certificate. Click here for more information. 









7th Annual Christmas Tree Festival

Join Poco Heritage Museum in celebrating the holiday season with the city-wide 7th Annual Christmas Tree Festival at 150-2248 McAllister Avenue, Port Coquitlam!

Vote for your favourite Christmas tree here and help them win one of the coveted Christmas Tree Trophies! Participate in their Christmas tree scavenger hunt and selfie contest for a chance to win a prize! Take a photograph of yourself with your favourite Christmas tree and post it to social media (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) using #PoCoTreeFest until January 4th. 

Lights at Lafarge 

Metro Vancouver‘s largest, free outdoor light display features hundreds of thousands of lights and is easily accessible from Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station.

On display until January 20th.

Check out this page for more information. 





Start The New Year As A Volunteer! 

Start your New Year's resolutions now by scheduling your upcoming volunteer shifts at Place des Arts! A variety of activities are lined up in January, including the much anticipated A Celebration of Robbie Burns, so be sure to take a look. 

To schedule a shift, please email or call Samantha Newton at 604.664.1636 ext. 36 after January 5th. 





The PMPL Singers 

On January 15th, February 19th and March 18th from 7 to 8 PM, join the Port Moody Public Library for a night of singing! Learn new songs together and join voices with the community. No previous singing experience needed.

Please register for each session separately.Visit this page for more information. 


Construction Set To Start On Coquitlam YMCA and Amenities 

Construction is set to start on a unique partnership project that will bring a new YMCA recreation facility, an expanded Cottonwood Park, a Park-and-Ride, a Community Police Station and more housing options to Burquitlam over the next three years.The $77-million project will generate about $100 million in new community amenities, including expanded and improved parks and a YMCA that is double the size of the original community centre Coquitlam had planned for the site, with a pool and other features the City had not envisioned in its original plans.Visit this site for more updates.





Convert your goods into discounts 

Bring in commercially packaged, unexpired, non-perishable items to the Terry Fox Library on or before January 15th and FVRL will deduct $2/item from your library fines/fees. Items collected will be donated to the local food bank.

Up to $30 may be deducted per library account during this promotion. Billed and damaged items are not eligible to be deducted.

Visit the Terry Fox Library website for more information. 









Entrepreneurship Connections®

Entrepreneurship Connections® is a three-week, innovative and informative entrepreneurship training program led by ACCES Employment in partnership with S.U.C.C.E.S.S. It is tailored specifically for newcomers (Permanent Residents and Convention Refugees) who are ready to start a business. The program provides training, mentoring and other supports, and program participants will develop essential skills and related knowledge to successfully start business in Canada. The Vancouver Program is scheduled for Feb. 4-21, 2020.
There will be Information & Orientation Sessions at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Business Centre at 210-5172 Kingsway, Burnaby BC as follows:
January 7 (Tue): 6:00-8:00 PM
January 8 (Wed): 10:00 AM-12:00 PM 

Click here to register now!




Newcomer Entrepreneur Success Team (NEST) Initiative 

As part of the newly launched “Newcomer Entrepreneur Success Team” Initiative (NEST), BDC has now a dedicated team to support newcomer entrepreneur businesses looking to start, grow or buy a business.
Additionally, a Newcomer Entrepreneur Website  is in place with the option to read information in eight (8) languages  (Traditional and simplified Chinese, Arabic, Tagalog, Punjabi, Spanish, English and French).
This will ensure entrepreneurs are more comfortable with complex information before taking decisive steps.  
Entrepreneurs can also access NEST advisory and coaching team when they are or soon to be at the growth stage of their business.
Launched In Sept 2019, the e-learning modules on “How to Start a Business in Canada” by BDC are now live.
These business modules were built specifically for newcomers, but are accessible and free of cost to all.   
Take a look at the interactive sessions, a self assessment map and different videos to assist newcomers in their business planning. The opening act is from a BC company, at some point a newcomer company. E-learning - How to Start a Business in Canada. 
Lastly, our newly structured Newcomer Entrepreneurs Loan ($50K) is specifically designed for newcomers.  No credit score needed, Permanent Residency required, and a solid business plan and cash flow and sales projections needed.

For more information or to discuss eligibility please contact us to 

Active Career Connect 

Active Career Connect and Engagement Project (ACCEP) connects Internationally Trained Immigrants (ITIs) to employment opportunities that enhance their self-sufficiency to develop their careers in Canada by offering the following services: paid work placement, personalized career development action plan, individualized support and guidance, networking opportunities, soft skills imporvement and canadian workplace culture integration. Visit this page for more information. 

Talent Connections 

ACCES Employment‘s Talent Connections Initiative brings together companies and internationally-trained talent through a unique workplace project experience. The initiative gives companies the opportunity to preview potential talent by engaging with skilled internationally-trained professionals on a practical workplace project; gain insights, new solutions and different perspectives on workplace projects, and help internationally-trained professionals to acquire valuable and practical knowledge of Canadian workplaces. Visit this page for more details. 








Preparing For Job Interviews 

January 6 (Mon)
2:00-4:00 PM
ParkLane Room
Port Moody Public Library,
100 Newport Drive, Port Moody

To register, email

MOSAIC Drop-In Settlement Services

January 8– March 11 (Wed)
9:00 AM-1:00 PM
ParkLane Room
Port Moody Public Library,
100 Newport Drive, Port Moody

To register, email:

How To Network 

February 3 (Mon)
2:00. - 4:00 PM
ParkLane Room
Port Moody Public Library,
100 Newport Drive, Port Moody

To register, email




Income Tax Return Seminar (Korean) 

January 14 (Tue)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM  
Room 127, Coquitlam Library
City Centre Branch 
1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

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

Effective Communication Skills For Parents & Teens (Farsi) 

January 16, 23 & 30 (Thursdays)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
2058 Henderson Place
1163 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

To register, call 604.468.6000

BC Housing, OAS & Other Benefits FOr Seniors (Mandarin) 

January 28 (Tue)
10:00 AM -  12:00 PM
Room 127, Coquitlam Library
City Centre Branch 
1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

To register contact Henry Lu  778-284-7026 (ext. 1584) or email:




How To Sponsor Your Family Members (Korean) 

February 12 (Wed)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Room 136, Coquitlam Library
City Centre Branch 
1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

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

Taxation (Farsi) 

February 6 ( Thurs)
 4:00 - 6:00 PM   
ISSofBC Cottonwood
#200-504 Cottonwood Ave. Coquitlam, BC 

To register, contact Abdul Samim  778-383-1438 (ext. 1562) or email:

Canadian Citizenship Preparation  

February 21 (Fri)
1:00 -4:00 PM
ParkLane Room
Port Moody Public Library,
100 Newport Drive, Port Moody

To register, call 604-636-4712 ext. 107











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