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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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Our New Website Is Up!

Our website has been re-designed to include new features and content. Visit our website at

Key features include an updated New to Tri-Cities page for newcomers to find community resources, such as New to BC, Arrival Advisor, & Finding a Family Doctor; a Community Voices blog to amplify diverse perspectives on inclusion; and a Resource Library for service providers and community organizations. 








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COVID-19 Immunization Plan

The Government of BC has unveiled its COVID-19 Immunization Plan.

The Plan uses a phased approach based on expert advice and guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), B.C.‘s Immunization Committee and the public health leadership committee.

NACI recommends certain populations receive prioritization for early COVID-19 vaccination. Eligibility for all phases is based on the age you are turning in 2021.





BC Recovery Benefit

Residents of BC may now apply for the BC Recovery Benefit, a one-time, tax-free payment of up to $1,000 for eligible families and single parents and up to $500 for eligible individuals. Benefit eligibility is based on net income from your 2019 tax return. Application period closes on June 30, 2021. 





COVID-19 Benefits Guide (in multiple languages)

Vancity, working in partnership with Bao Ve Collective and the Hua Foundation, has developed step-by-step guides to support those who might otherwise face language barriers in applying
for government aid.

People affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible for income support and business loans
made available through the government.









Visa Restoration for Visitors, International Students & Temporary Foreign Workers

The Government of Canada has announced that visitors, students and workers whose valid temporary status expired, or expires, between January 30, 2020 and May 31, 2021 will have until August 31, 2021, to restore their status. For more information, visit their website at


English Language Circle for Work Permit Holders

M.O.S.A.I.C's English Conversation Circle is designed for work permit holders, including international students with work permits, people working on holiday visas, open work permits, and people on visitor visas or without status.

Every Monday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, meet new people and improve your English through activities and conversations. Registration is required before joining. Please contact or call (236) 521-7095 for more information.

Canadian Citizenship Application (in Farsi)

ISS of BC will hold a webinar for Farsi-speaking residents of the Tri-Cities about the Canadian Citizenship Application process & requirements. For more information and to register, contact Mojgan Heydarpour at 778-284-7026 (ext. 1569)
or email

First-Time Home Buyer Workshop (in Korean)

ISS of BC will hold a webinar for first-time home buyers (in Korean) on February 23rd from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. For more information and to register, contact Isabel Lee at 778-372-6550 or email









Free Virtual Workshop on How to Network

WorkBC Centre Coquitlam, in partnership with Coquitlam Public Library, will hold a free virtual workshop where one can learn the tools needed to network towards a successful job search. The workshop will be held on February 11th from 2:00 -3:30 pm. 





Mentorship Program in Financial Services

S.U.C.C.E.S.S, in partnership with Immigrant Employment Council of BC and Royal Bank of Canada, is offering a free mentorship program for newcomers with two years' work experience in the financial industry. Eligible individuals can benefit from virtual meetings with a mentor and personalized support. Spaces are limited and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register for the program, email Annie Moon at or call 778-656-0752.




Exploring Accounting & Financial Careers 

ISS of BC Job Quest, an employment program for refugees & immigrants, will have an Industry Talk on Exploring Accounting & Financial Careers on February 16th. Click here to register now.

Online Learning for Migrant Workers 

Do you have a job offer from a Canadian employer with an approved Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)? If so, you are eligible for the Online Learning program offered by ISS of BC Job Quest. Click here to register now. 

2021 Immigrant Professionals Conference

Successfully navigate and thrive in the new job market! Join M.O.S.A.I.C's FREE 2021 Immigrant Professionals Conference on January 30th. Click here for more info and to register. 

Coquitlam Virtual Job Fair

Are you looking for work? Register now for the Coquitlam Job Fair, to be held on February 23rd from 1:00-4:00 pm.

Click here for more info and to register. 





REPORT: Integrating Refugees into Labour Markets 

According to this report from IZA World of Labor, refugees start at a lower employment and income level, but subsequently “catch up” to the level of family unification migrants. However, both refugees and family migrants do not “catch up” to the economic integration levels of labor migrants. A faster integration process would significantly benefit refugees and their new host countries.









Black History in Canada Education Guide 

The Black History in Canada Education Guide explores seminal events and personalities in Black
Canadian history through engaging discussion and interactive activities. This innovative bilingual tool
contains updated revisions from the original Guide, which was created in 2010.

The purpose of this revised Guide is to enhance  students‘ critical awareness and appreciation of the Black Canadian experience, grounded in Lawrence Hill‘s award-winning historical fiction, The Book of Negroes, the remarkable journey of Aminata Diallo and the historic British document known as the “Book of Negroes.”





Refugee 613: Building Strong Communities for Refugees 

Representing a wide cross-section of Ottawa agencies, institutions and individuals, including settlement, private sponsorship, school boards, municipal government, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Food Bank, refugee shelters, health agencies, lawyers, faith groups, community volunteers and many more, Refugee 613 is an agile and innovative communications hub that informs, connects and inspires people to welcome refugees and build strong communities. 





REPORT: Safe Seniors, Strong Communities 

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, many older British Columbians who normally lived independently with the help of family and friends found those supports unavailable and required more assistance to remain connected and engaged.

In response, the Provincial Ministry of Health, the Office of the Seniors Advocate, bc211 and the United Way of the Lower Mainland – through Healthy Aging by United Way (HAUW) – joined forces to create “Safe Seniors, Strong Communities” (SSSC), a coordinated, province-wide response to the pandemic that bolsters seniors supports and essential non-medical service delivery at community service agencies throughout BC.









Port Moody 2050 Survey 

Help Port Moody create a 30-year plan for the city by sharing your thoughts on its vision and goals!

As part of Port Moody 2050, a one- to two-year process to gather public input and draft focused updates to the Official Community Plan, you're invited to fill out a community survey on Port Moody‘s vision for the future and the goals that will help everyone get there.

Survey closes on February 7th. 








Coquitlam Foundation Community Grants Program

Coquitlam Foundation‘s Community Grants program is pleased to make available grant funds to organizations whose applied project specifically
benefits the residents of the City of Coquitlam. Applications are reviewed by a volunteer citizen-based committee appointed by the Coquitlam Foundation. Final decisions are ratified by the volunteer Board of Directors of the Coquitlam. Application period closes on February 15, 2021.

Click here for more info. 

Application for Victoria Foundation Grant opens this month

Victoria Foundation offers several grant streams that address arts & culture, belonging & engagement, economy, environmental sustainability, health & wellness & more. To know more about these grant streams and how to apply, click here

Heritage Legacy Fund 

The Heritage Legacy Fund was established in 2003 by an agreement of the provincial government of British Columbia.  The province endowed the project with an initial gift of $5 million, which is held by the Vancouver Foundation. Today, Heritage BC is the administrator of the fund.

The next intake will be in Spring 2021. To view the guidelines on how to apply, click here




For additional immigrant and settlement related resources, visit our website




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