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More Canadian immigrants are being hired for jobs that fit their qualifications

A new Statistics Canada (StatsCan) report suggests that overqualification among Canadian immigrants is decreasing. Overqualification describes what occurs when immigrants to Canada are hired for jobs where their education and/or work experience […]

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Canada announces new pilot programs to support caregivers and Canadian families, intends to make the caregivers program permanent

Caregivers from abroad are invaluable to Canadian families. Their hard work makes a difference in the lives of those they care for, including children, seniors and persons with disabilities. As […]

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Station design engagement begins for Surrey Langley SkyTrain

The Surrey Langley SkyTrain project is looking for public feedback on designs for the eight stations that will make up the first major transit project south of the Fraser River […]

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Pilot Program: Canada Introduces On Arrival Permanent Residence (PR) For Home Care Workers

The federal government is introducing new caregiver pilot programs to support families in need of caregiving for children, seniors, and persons with disabilities. Set to offer permanent residence upon arrival; […]

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More classrooms for elementary students coming to Surrey

Families in Surrey will have 250 more student spaces in their community as part of the government’s plan to expand schools quicker. “As our population grows in B.C and Surrey […]

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Ways to get mental health support and available resources

Mental well-being can be affected and needs to be monitored and looked after. Feeling anxious, sad, frustrated or suicidal can affect us in the short-term and long-term. Knowing that you […]

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Young adults at risk of homelessness move into 30 affordable homes in Surrey

Young adults experiencing or at risk of homelessness now have access to 30 affordable homes with supports as they move into a new transitional-housing building. “These transitional homes will provide vulnerable […]

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Census 2021: Immigrant Demographics Summary

NewToBC is pleased to share this summary of immigrant demographics. In 2023, using Census 2021 data, profiles were created for the 14 Greater Vancouver / Fraser Valley communities that received […]

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How to foster collaboration in a multi-generational workforce

A primary indicator of organizational success is collaboration in the workplace. When people work together they are engaged better and report higher success levels.  Especially when one brings multi-generational teams […]

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3 tips for a smooth trip back to Canada

Whether you’re returning from an international holiday or work-related travel, once you get to the airport or border crossing, you probably just want to get home. But, first, you need […]

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Parents and Grandparents program will reopen

The Parents and Grandparents program (PGP) is set to reopen this month, as Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) prepares to send out invitations to potential sponsors. The department confirmed […]

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B.C. seeks anti-racism advocates for provincial committee

People from diverse backgrounds with an interest in dismantling systemic racism and advancing racial equity are encouraged to apply to be members of the Provincial Committee on Anti-Racism. The Province […]

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Five things you need to know about Labour Market Impact Assessments

Some foreign workers in Canada require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to work in Canada, while others are LMIA-exempt. An LMIA is a document that some employers in Canada […]

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Six common issues with IRCC applications and how to fix them

Applying to Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) online is an integral part of the immigration process, whether for those on a work or study permit, permanent residents, and even tourists. Due […]

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Where to find your cultural community in Canada

For many newcomers to Canada, finding people of their own social and cultural background can be a huge consideration in settling in a new country. Luckily, due to its ethic […]

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Improving estimates for application processing times

To strengthen Canada’s immigration system, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is improving the online processing times tool to help new clients predict how long it will take to process a complete […]

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Toll-free Racist Incident Helpline ready to provide support

People in B.C. who witness or experience a racist incident can now call a new helpline to receive trauma-informed, culturally appropriate support in more than 240 languages. The Racist Incident […]

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B.C. allots record $25.6M in annual funding for newcomer services

The B.C. government is more than quadrupling funding for newcomer services from $6 million to $25.6 million per year, partnering with 30 organizations throughout the province. The increased funding, announced […]

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BC PNP operational update – Skills Immigration draw timing

Effective April 30, 2024, BC PNP Skills Immigration invitations to apply will be issued to qualified registrations received before the date of the draw. New registrations received on the same […]

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Strategies for making progress on a delayed immigration application

Navigating Canada’s immigration system can bring exciting new opportunities but also frustrations – particularly when faced when an application stuck in processing. Delays, lack of updates and prolonged waiting are […]

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Getting PR after graduating from a master’s or PhD program as an international student

It may now be easier for students who come to Canada for a master’s or Ph.D. program to obtain permanent residence (PR). On February 15, 2024, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship […]

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Surrey LIP Blog: Navigating Surrey’s Immigration Landscape

What you should know about the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership’s strategic blueprint In the rapidly growing city of Surrey, where immigrants are arriving in unprecedented numbers, there is a consortium […]

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Expanded mental-health, addictions support coming for South Asian community

South Asian people who are struggling with mental-health or addictions challenges in greater Vancouver now have access to expanded services provided by the South Asian Community Hub Society (SACH). SACH […]

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More priority communities selected to deliver more homes

As part of the Province’s commitment to build more homes for people, the next set of priority communities has been identified to receive housing targets for the next five years. […]

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Recent policies that may make home ownership more affordable for eligible newcomers to Canada

On April 11, 2024, Deputy Prime Minister/Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland announced several new housing affordability measures designed to help first-time buyers and current homeowners. In light of the federal restrictions […]

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How an ECA can help you immigrate to Canada

Many newcomers who want to immigrate to Canada will require some proof of their education level, and what equivalent it holds within the Canadian education system, to prove their eligibility. […]

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Applications still being accepted for new land-based program at Hall’s Prairie Elementary site

Families interested in the district’s new land-based learning program, set to start this September at the former Hall’s Prairie Elementary site, are encouraged to apply now as there are limited […]

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10 frequently asked questions by visitors to Canada

Recent changes to visitor visa requirements for some Mexican nationals may leave some foreign nationals looking to visit Canada with questions about their own situation. To assist, CIC News has […]

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Canada to introduce new rules around off-campus work hours for international students

International students enrich Canada’s social, cultural and economic fabric. That is why, in recent months, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has introduced reforms to the International Student Program, to ensure […]

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Budget 2024: How will it impact Canadian immigration?

Canada’s Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland has tabled federal Budget 2024 to Parliament. Canada releases a budget annually that sets the tone for spending in the upcoming fiscal year. It […]

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Savvy Senior event set for May 6 in White Rock

An upcoming event in White Rock will focus on safety for seniors. The Savvy Seniors event is set to happen on Monday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. […]

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Surrey increases sensory-friendly swim sessions after successful pilot

Sensory-friendly swims are staying in Surrey — with more options added — after an initial pilot proved successful. The swims, which feature a calmer, quieter environment for pool users, were […]

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Of course you can name a horse: RCMP wants children’s help naming foals

Have a talent for naming horses? The RCMP wants to know. The Mounties’ Name the Foal contest is back, open to children 14 or younger across Canada. This time, all […]

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New designated educational credential assessment organization for architects

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will designate a new professional body to issue educational credential assessments (ECAs) for architects interested in immigrating to Canada. As part of the eligibility […]

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How to be proactive and regain control over a ‘dry promotion’ at work

In today’s world of constant flux, the dynamics of the workplace are changing too and springing one surprise after the other. The latest one doing the rounds of workplace discussions […]

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Employment Summit in Surrey: Unlocking Opportunities through Newcomer Talent

Are you an employer? An employment sector professional? Join the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) for a dynamic dialogue on immigration trends and efficient strategies to recruit and integrate newcomer […]

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Living the Canadian dream: 11 dos and don’ts

To most immigrants, arriving in Canada is a dream. While some are lucky to have a prior job waiting or have relatives or friends to stay with, others are not […]

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More buses, better service coming to Metro Vancouver

People in Metro Vancouver will benefit from shorter wait times and enhanced service frequency as a result of significant new funding for TransLink. To support efficient and stable service in […]

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Expanded adult day program supports Surrey seniors

Older adults and their caregivers will benefit from expanded adult day programming designed for South Asian seniors with 162 additional spaces per week as part of the Province’s continued investments in […]

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New legislation aims to remove systemic barriers for Indigenous, racialized people

Indigenous and racialized people in B.C. will face fewer barriers when accessing public programs and services with new legislation aimed at removing systemic racism from provincial institutions. With this legislation, government […]

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Multi-language resources for newcomers

A new Multi-language Resources website provides information on topics such as health care and driving, including existing resources like WelcomeBC.ca. Content is available in English, French, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Punjabi. […]

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The Story of a Welcome Group in Surrey, BC: “These volunteers were going above and beyond!”

In his role as Volunteer Coordinator at DIVERSEcity, Together Project’s partner in Surrey, British Columbia, Simar Thukral delivers the Welcome Group Program locally, and that means matching refugee newcomer families […]

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Essential Canadian tax terminology: Brush up on your lingo!

Only 14 per cent of Canadians are very confident in their understanding of tax-related terminology finds a poll conducted by TurboTax Canada. According to the survey findings, 27 per cent of […]

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B.C. introduces anti-racism legislation, promises to hold public bodies accountable

The B.C. government introduced legislation Thursday that’s designed to hold public bodies accountable for addressing systemic racism in policy and programs, the province’s attorney general said. Niki Sharma said the […]

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Apprenticeship programs target women, newcomers in B.C. construction

Modernizing B.C.’s skilled trades training and apprenticeship programs may be able to help broaden and diversify the construction industry’s talent pool. Doing so is critical for the industry, which is […]

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Eleventh Annual Immigrant Women of Inspiration features passionate filmmakers

There was nary a dry eye in the audience as the closing credits rolled for Scarborough, Shasha Nakhai and Rich Williamson’s debut narrative feature film, at its premiere at the 2021 Toronto […]

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Engagement launched for Canadians of South Asian Heritages museum

People in British Columbia now have multiple new ways to contribute to the vision for the first-of-its-kind cultural museum celebrating Canadians of South Asian heritages and their contributions to the […]

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10 mistakes to avoid as a newcomer to Canada

Starting a new life in Canada can be both exciting and daunting. On one hand, newcomers are coming to Canada with the opportunity to start fresh after leaving their home […]

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Changes to Canada’s permanent residence fees starting April 30, 2024

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that, as of 9:00:00 AM Eastern Time on April 30, 2024, the department will be increasing certain permanent residence (PR) fees. IRCC notes that this fee increase […]

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People doing anti-racism work given more resources to fight hate

More than 60 organizations have received funding to support projects designed to counter racism and promote inclusivity throughout the province. The B.C. Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Grants program is providing $310,000 […]

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Expanding multi-language support, services for newcomers

Newcomers to British Columbia will have more help getting started in their new communities with expanded services and a new online multi-language information hub. “As an immigrant myself, I can […]

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More B.C. families benefit from $10-a-day child care

More families in British Columbia will save thousands of dollars every year as more than 930 child care spaces move into the $10 a Day ChildCareBC program in March and […]

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Canada Aims To Help Internationally-Educated Nurses Get Jobs Through Mentorships

Canada injected another $388,000 this week into a national association’s program to help internationally-educated nurses more quickly integrate into the country’s healthcare system with a mentorship pilot program. “We need […]

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5 ways to better build community with international students in Canada

It’s no exaggeration to say every academic and professional involved in recruiting, teaching or supporting international students in Canada is now concerned about institutions’ plans following the federal government’s two-year cap […]

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Canadian research firm releases survey results highlighting newcomer challenges

A new study is highlighting some of the challenges newcomers continue to face when immigrating to Canada. The study, “Cracking the Newcomer Code,” was released Tuesday by Leger, a Canadian market research company. […]

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Updates coming to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs will be updating the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in January 2025 to create clearer pathways and better outcomes for international workers coming […]

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Faster employment growth for new immigrants

Statistics Canada’s economic and social report has revealed that, after years of disparity, new immigrants in Canada are now seeing faster employment rate growth than their Canadian-born peers. In addition […]

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Canada announces changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to better address labour market needs

Immigration Minister Marc Miller and Employment Minister Randy Boissonnault have announced changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). During the pandemic, Canada unleashed a series of temporary measures to help ease […]

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New acute care tower coming to Surrey Memorial Hospital

People in Surrey will have access to enhanced health-care services as plans move ahead for a new acute care tower at Surrey Memorial Hospital. “Surrey’s quickly growing population needs health […]

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O Canada: New App Assists Refugees with Future Integration

The latest innovative mobile application developed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), is helping soon-to-be resettled refugees to access pre-departure orientation (PDO) information anytime, anywhere – improving their chances […]

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Canadian govt invites 975 Express Entry candidates in first transport occupation draw of 2024

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has sent out invitations to candidates in the second Express Entry draw of the week, says CIC news. The department issued 975 invitations to […]

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Study: Fewer recent immigrants are seeking Canadian citizenship

A recent study by Statistics Canada has revealed that fewer recent immigrants in Canada are pursuing Canadian citizenship compared to 20+ years ago. The study, which looks longitudinally at data from […]

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IRCC updates eligibility requirements for Spousal Open Work Permits

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has released more details surrounding changes to eligibility for Spousal Open Work Permits (SOWP). On January 22, 2024, the department introduced several changes to Canada’s international student program. […]

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Budget 2024 will bring more school investments in Surrey

Two new Surrey school projects are planned to move forward as part of Budget 2024, including a new school and an addition. “With nearly 350,000 more people choosing B.C. as […]

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More than 7,000 people shared thoughts on upcoming anti-racism legislation

Feedback from people in British Columbia about how upcoming anti-racism legislation should address systemic racism is available online in the form of “what we heard” reports. The feedback was collected […]

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Youth benefit from significant increase in mental-health, addiction care

More young people will have better access to vital health-care services closer to home, such as primary care, counselling, early intervention, prevention and addictions supports, with 10 new Foundry centres throughout the […]

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Achieving dream careers: Overcoming challenges for skilled immigrants

The pursuit of a dream job is often an exciting journey, marked by the quest for fulfillment and the opportunity to work with passion. For many, it’s the culmination of […]

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How long will it take to become a permanent resident of Canada in 2024?

Foreign nationals seeking permanent residence (PR) in Canada often look for the fastest pathway to achieving their goal and starting a new life in this country. On a basic level, […]

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Eight ways to show proof of financial sufficiency as an international student in Canada

As an international student pursuing post-secondary education in Canada, there are multiple ways Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) allows you to prove you have enough money to come to Canada. As […]

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Surrey launches 2024 Economic Strategy

The City of Surrey launched its 2024 Economic Strategy titled “Investing in our Future” at the Mayor’s State of the City Address on Feb. 15. This Council-approved plan provides a […]

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B.C. announces 10 new Foundry centres for mental health, addiction support

Ten new centres aimed at providing youth with better access to health-care services are opening in B.C. Jennifer Whiteside, B.C.’s Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, announced the opening of […]

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5 challenges newcomers face in Canada and how to deal with them

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025 aims to welcome over 460,000 new immigrants each year, which is the highest level in Canadian history. Upon arrival, newcomers must settle […]

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Inspiring Inclusion for International Women’s Day: messages from local women leaders

It’s International Women’s Day, Friday, March 8, a day to come together for important conversations around women’s equality, inclusion and leadership. This dialogue is often framed by the barriers women […]

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B.C. implements federal changes for new international students

The Province will begin issuing provincial attestation letters to eligible post-secondary institutions to allow international applicants to apply to study in B.C. as required by the federal department of Immigration, […]

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BC Builds will deliver thousands more homes with Canada contribution

BC Builds, the Province’s new initiative to build more housing for people with middle incomes, will benefit from $2 billion in additional financing from the Government of Canada to help […]

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Facilitating integration of newcomer youth

Canada has far to go in providing adequate support to newcomer youth to ensure their success in the country. Ethiopian-born Abbas Kidane was mindful of the linguistic constraints and cultural […]

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Reversal of fortune: A self-advocacy primer

There can be little doubt that making your voice heard takes courage, especially when adapting to life in a new land. There are ways to make your voice heard, and […]

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The four types of Canadian citizenship ceremonies

For many newcomers arriving to Canada, their vision of the future includes one important experience: the day of their citizenship ceremony. Roughly 80% of eligible Canadian permanent residents chose to pursue […]

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Canada welcomed 471,550 new permanent residents in 2023

Recent data from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) shows that Canada exceeded its target for the number of permanent residents it planned to welcome in 2023. According to the most recently […]

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The lesser-known benefits of being a Canadian permanent resident

For many newcomers the ability to become a permanent resident (PR) of Canada is one of the most attractive aspects of moving to the country. Permanent residence status gives individuals the ability […]

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Path to permanent residence: How to boost your express entry score in 2024

The path to obtain permanent residence is often filled with obstacles. Today perhaps the biggest obstacle is getting an opportunity to apply in the first place. And it’s all thanks […]

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Additional information about International Student Program reform

Further information is being provided to clarify the announcement of an intake cap on new international study permit applications and other changes. International students make important contributions to Canada’s campuses, communities […]

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Newcomers who came to Canada in second year of COVID-19 pandemic had better median entry wages than pre-pandemic: Statistics Canada

In a new report updating findings from 2022, a Statistics Canada (StatsCan) report released on January 22 reveals that there are many ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect how […]

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New permanent residence pathway for former minors in protective care

A small number of individuals who came to Canada as minors never obtained permanent residence or citizenship while they were in the custody of child protection services. As a result, […]

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Surrey Action Plan aims to increase new housing by 27.8%

The City of Surrey is launching a three-year Action Plan to address the delivery of housing and support affordable housing projects that aims to increase the number of new housing […]

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Tech Horizons for Newcomers to Canada

There is an increasing demand for skilled tech talent as the world evolves into a digital-first economy. The tech sector can offer creative and rewarding career prospects for newcomers  looking […]

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How to immigrate to Canada as a healthcare worker

Amidst an alarming shortage of healthcare workers across Canada, this article from CIC News will provide an overview of how to immigrate to this country as a healthcare worker and […]

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Halal food industry growing to meet demand as Muslim population continues rising

Eleven years ago, the recipe for the McCain Deep’n Delicious cake — a decades-old Canadian classic — changed. To many Canadians, the removal of beef gelatin from the cake’s components […]

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Landed immigrants from Africa and Asia see highest employment rates in Canada

A recent study by Statistics Canada revealed that landed immigrants from Africa and Asia had the highest employment rates on average, compared to landed immigrants from other regions around the world. Note: “Landed […]

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The Power of Mentorship

January marks Mentoring Month. In a diverse country like Canada, mentorship becomes a crucial bridge for newcomers seeking assistance in carving out their career paths or settling into their new […]

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Over 300,000 people became Canadian citizens in 2023

According to data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), in 2023, more than 354,000 people became Canadian citizens in more than 3,000 citizenship ceremonies across the country. In 2022, 375,413 people became citizens of Canada, […]

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Statistics Canada: PNP candidates in Ontario, Alberta and BC have highest earnings

According to a recent report by Statistics Canada, newcomers who arrive in Canada through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) may earn more if they settle in Canada’s three most populous provinces. The […]

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New laws and regulations that will significantly impact Canadian newcomers in 2024

Throughout this year, Canadian newcomers can expect to see several new regulations and laws implemented at both the federal and provincial/territorial levels. These changes, ranging from employment and taxes to […]

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New immigrants’ incomes ‘improved considerably’ in recent years in Canada: report

New permanent residents’ incomes compared to the general population have “improved considerably” over four years in Canada, according to Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux. The Office of the Parliamentary Budget […]

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What to expect from Canadian immigration in 2024

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has begun initiating a variety of changes that will affect all newcomers to Canada in 2024. As announced in the Immigration Levels Plan for 2024-2026, Canada […]

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Celebrating Black Excellence this Black History Month 2024

For 2024, we’re kicking off Black History Month with our second annual event on February 1, presented by DIVERSEcity, in partnership with Surrey LIP. The free event features inspirational speakers, […]

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TransLink unveils new RapidBus service for Surrey and Delta

Metro Vancouver’s regional public transit authority says a new express bus service unveiled on Tuesday will get residents of Surrey and Delta around faster. TransLink announced their latest RapidBus route […]

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Save the Date for our next Surrey LIP Community Stakeholder Forum in February

Save the date! We are excited to host our second annual Surrey LIP Community Stakeholder Forum under the theme, “Unlocking Integration – Moving Beyond Inclusion,” on February 23, 2024, 9 […]

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Surrey LIP at seventh annual DIVERSEcity Entrepreneur & Small Business Fair

Surrey Local Immigration Partnership will be at the seventh annual DIVERSEcity Entrepreneur & Small Business Fair, scheduled to take place on October 18, 2023, at Surrey City Hall. Held during […]

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Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers Workshop for Truth and Reconciliation

🌟Join us for a transformative one-day workshop based on the award-winning Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers. 🌟This guide, recognized with the prestigious 2022 British Columbia Reconciliation Award by the […]

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Toward building an inclusive British Columbia: Help fill gaps in BC government services!

DIVERSEcity is encouraging the people we serve, our staff, our stakeholders and the community to share their voices! We all deserve to live in a province where we have equitable […]

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World Refugee Day Celebration with

In recognition of #WorldRefugeeDay, the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership partnered with 17 community-serving agencies in the South Fraser region to celebrate and bring the community together through performance, food, and stories. […]

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National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration

Serving the community in #SurreyBC, we at Surrey Local Immigration Partnership, center our work with the knowledge that it takes place on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territories of the Semiahmoo, […]

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2nd Annual BCY Regional LIPs Networking Event

BCY LIP Networking 2 days Event on June 28, 29 and collaboration day with La Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique on June 30, 2023. Attended by 15 of 18 […]

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Surrey Youth Newcomer Council Advisory Fellowship Graduates Cohort -1

Join us in congratulating our amazing Surrey Youth Newcomer Council Advisory Fellowship (SYNC-AF) Graduates. SYNC-AF is a project of the Surrey Youth Newcomer Council (SYNC), a Surrey LIP roundtable for […]

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Surrey Youth Newcomer Council (Information Session)

We are hosting an information session for youth interested in learning more about this opportunity. Join us on Friday, May 12, at DIVERSEcity Surrey Community Campus (13455 76 Avenue, Surrey, […]

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Applications open for Immigrant Women Advisory Table

Online Application Form The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is looking for newcomer immigrant wmen to join the Surrey Immigrant Women Advisory Table (IWAT).   It’s a volunteer roundtable for immigrant […]

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Applications open for African and Caribbean Diaspora Table

Online Application Form The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is seeking committed, enthusiastic members to serve on our African and Caribbean Diaspora Table.  The African and Caribbean Diaspora Table (ACDT) […]

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Applications open for Surrey Youth Newcomer Council

Online Application Form The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is seeking committed, enthusiastic members to serve on our youth sector roundtable.  The Surrey Youth Newcomer Council (SYNC) is a community […]

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Applications open for Immigrant Advisory Table

Online Application Form The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is looking for immigrants and newcomers interested in joining the Immigrant Advisory Table. If you are looking for ways to engage […]

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Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 20,2023

On March 20th community came together to mark the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.  This was a day dedicated to learning and information sharing with which […]

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Youth invited to the first Newcomer Youth Forum “Belonging in Surrey-Newcomer Youth Forum”.

Surrey Local Immigration Partnership invited youth in the community for a Newcomer Youth Forum Belonging in Surrey; a space for youth – To Gather To Voice To Share; their experiences […]

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New Demographics Statistics in Surrey

  Check out our newly released demographics statistics in Surrey!  

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Community stakeholders invited to Surrey LIP Forum “Preparing the Community to Welcome Newcomers”

The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership brings together over 80 community members representing 35 service providers from multiple sectors, community servicing organizations, and community members across Surrey, BC.  This was an […]

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Surrey LIP Member Spotlight: Abdul Salehzai

The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is a community partnership made up of more than 30 council members from a variety of groups including cultural, business, academic, health and employment […]

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Share your experience with us !

  The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership is undertaking a Needs Assessment and Environment Scan to learn more about the needs of newcomers in Surrey, the programs, services, and resources that […]

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Surrey LIP Member Spotlight: Ravi Basi

The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is a community partnership made up of more than 30 council members from a variety of groups including cultural, business, academic, health and employment […]

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SYNC Advisory Fellowship (SYNC-AF) is looking for participants !

ABOUT SYNC-AF  Surrey Newcomer Youth Council Advisory Fellowship (SYNC-AF) is a Fellowship program that will train newcomer youth to speak at public forums, serve at advisory boards, and advocate for […]

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Surrey LIP Member Spotlight: Ewa Karczewska

  The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is a community partnership made up of more than 30 council members from a variety of groups including cultural, business, academic, health and […]

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Surrey LIP Member Spotlight: Devon Franklin

The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is a community partnership made up of more than 30 council members from a variety of groups including cultural, business, academic, health and employment […]

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Prepare for Truth and Reconciliation Day

During the week leading to Truth and Reconciliation Day, Indigenous communities call upon peoples living on these unceded lands to honour survivors of residential schools and their families and remember the […]

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Surrey LIP: Welcoming Week 2022

A warm welcome to newcomers in Surrey, BC  Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) acknowledges that immigrants and refugees are a vital part of our community — bringing fresh perspectives and […]

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RFP for newcomer needs assessment and community environment scan

Request for Proposal for a Newcomers Needs Assessment and Community Environment Scan Content Development Consultant funded by Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) DIVERSEcity, on behalf of the Surrey Local […]

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Are you a youth who wants to contribute to your community of Surrey? Join SYNC!

The Surrey LIP’s Surrey Youth Newcomer Council (SYNC) is now accepting applicants for the 2022–2023 year! Are you 14–28 years old? Passionate about making Surrey a better place to live […]

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Surrey LIP Contract Opportunities

Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is looking for a qualified contractor to provide a quotation for the development and design of a Mental Health and Wellbeing Toolkit and curriculum: A […]

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CKSI Contract Opportunities

The Surrey LIP and DIVERSEcity’s Collaboration & Knowledge Sharing Initiative (CKSI) is looking for a qualified contractor to provide a quotation for the amplification of Ethical Engagement, Programming Framework Development […]

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Meet Lenya Wilks, manager of Surrey LIP

After a busy few months — which included hosting the first in-person Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) council meeting post-pandemic and organizing the very successful Surrey World Refugee Day! — […]

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Surrey LIP Member Spotlight: Rosy Takhar

The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is a community partnership made up of more than 30 council members from a variety of  cultural, business, academic, health and employment services, who […]

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Surrey LIP recognized with 2022 British Columbia Reconciliation Award

The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is extremely honoured to receive a 2022 British Columbia Reconciliation Award by the BC Achievement Foundation. The British Columbia Reconciliation Award recognizes individuals, groups […]

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Celebrating World Refugee Day in Surrey

Let’s come together to recognize World Refugee Day June 20 is World Refugee Day, an international day organized every year by the United Nations to celebrate and honour refugees from […]

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Surrey LIP Member Spotlight: UNITI’s Doug Tennant

The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is a community partnership made up of more than 30 council members from a variety of  cultural, business, academic, health and employment services, who […]

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The Role of LIPs in Knowledge Mobilization Webinar

On February 28, 2022, AMSSA hosted a webinar around the topic of rising immigration levels and the growing need for “LIP/RIP providers to foster greater connections with their local communities […]

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Conversations on Anti-Racism: Anti-Racism Through the Leaders of Christianism, Buddhism & Islam

Conversations on Anti-Racism, a week of meaningful dialogue to amplify diverse voices & inspire better allyship, took place virtually on March 14 to 18, 2022. Every day had a different […]

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Conversations on Anti-Racism: White Fragility and White Moderacy

Conversations on Anti-Racism, a week of meaningful dialogue to amplify diverse voices & inspire better allyship, took place virtually on March 14 to 18, 2022. Every day had a different […]

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Conversations on Anti-Racism: Importance of Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice from Systems Change Lens

Conversations on Anti-Racism, a week of meaningful dialogue to amplify diverse voices & inspire better allyship, took place virtually on March 14 to 18, 2022. Every day had a different […]

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Conversations on Anti-Racism: Zero Racism, Zero Oppression

Conversations on Anti-Racism, a week of meaningful dialogue to amplify diverse voices & inspire better allyship, is taking place virtually on March 14 to 18, 2022. Every day will have […]

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Conversations on Anti-Racism: Indigenous Cultural Safety presented by Len Pierre

Conversations on Anti-Racism, a week of meaningful dialogue to amplify diverse voices & inspire better allyship, is taking place virtually on March 14 to 18, 2022. Every day will have […]

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Survey To Help Create Upcoming Mental Health and Wellbeing Toolkit for Service Providers

DIVERSEcity, through the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership, is creating a mental health and wellbeing toolkit for settlement, social and health service providers. This resource seeks to create an area specific […]

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Surrey LIP Launches New Racism Mapping Tool

Surrey Local Immigration Partnership is pleased to announce the launch of the Racism Mapping Project (RAMP). RAMP is a community-led research project that gathers data around racism and hate incidents […]

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Surrey LIP Goes National

Mariam Bilgrami, who oversees the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP), has been appointed as one of the members of the National LIP Secretariat’s first Executive Committee. The National LIP Secretariat […]

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Helping Clients with Surrey Libraries’ Chromebook Lending Project

Surrey Libraries has been helping to address the current digital divide by loaning Chromebook laptops to clients identified by partner agencies including DIVERSEcity, Options, Umoja, SUCCESS, and the Seniors Come […]

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Project manager opportunity with Surrey LIP

DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for a regular, full-time position for the role of Project Manager to work with our Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) […]

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New contract opportunities with Surrey LIP

DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, on behalf of the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership, is looking for qualified contractors to provide a quotation for four Surrey LIP projects, including the development of […]

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Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers Translated in Various First Languages

In advance of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is proud to announce the development of a Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers.

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Surrey LIP in the News

New Canadian Media‘s article, A Decolonized Citizenship Ceremony is a Step Towards Reconciliation, explores the wide gaps in knowledge most newcomers to Canada have surrounding the country’s dark colonial history […]

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Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers Release

The Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers has officially been released. You can read the full guide here.  The guide was created and compiled by Jeska Slater, Principal at Littlecrane […]

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Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers

In advance of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is proud to announce the development of a Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers.

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Co-Chairs Announced for Relaunch of Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP)

Surrey LIP relaunches to make Surrey a place where immigrants and refugees thrive, becoming a recognized leader in building an equitable and inclusive city for all.

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Introducing the Surrey LIP Project Management Team: Mariam Bilgrami

With the Surrey LIP being re-convened by DIVERSEcity, the new Project Management team is being led by Mariam Bilgrami (She/Hers).

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