Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership

The Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership (TCLIP) brings community leaders and organizations together to review the needs of its newest residents and identify means to facilitate immigrant settlement and integration. The ultimate goal of the TCLIP is to develop welcoming and inclusive communities where both long term residents and newcomers feel a sense of belonging and attachment.

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Finding vital services for newcomers to the Tri-Cities area is easy thanks to our partnership with NewToBC. This is an organization that helps ease the transition to a new life in British Columbia by listing services that are available to immigrants and refugees in need of a variety of community resources. By visiting the NewToBC site, you will be able to access information and materials, as well as find local services available in your area.

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Canada adds 54K jobs in September, unemployment dips to 5.5%

By Global News |

The Canadian economy added a stronger-than-expected 53,700 net jobs in September, with all the gains coming in full-time work and largely driven by the services sector, Statistics Canada data said on Friday in one of its last major economic data releases before a national election. read more…

Neighbourhood dinner put on by immigrant youth helps connect communities

By CBC News |

A group of immigrant and refugee youth will be cooking up a storm this Saturday as part of a community dinner at Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House that celebrates new connections.

The dinner, called the New (Taste) Buds Youth Food Share Community Dinner, is part of the City of Vancouver’s Sustenance Festival — a month-long festival celebrating community food traditions, culture and art through different events around the city.

Saturday’s dinner was started by Riley Bushell, says CBC’s On The Coast food columnist Gail Johnson.

Bushell, the youth settlement co-ordinator at Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House, works to help young people aged 10 to 24 get oriented and connected with the Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood.

“If there’s one thing that brings people together, it’s food. It’s such a powerful link to the concept of home and belonging,” Johnson said.

Johnson says Bushell built on an existing program where youth brought recipes from home to the idea of a community dinner.

The youth — about 15 in total — come from Syria, Gambia and the Philippines among other places. They, along with volunteers and community members, will spend much of the morning making food, with the dinner to begin in the late afternoon.

“Some of the dishes they’ll be making include lentil soup and a cheese and zaatar manakeesh that’s like a Middle Eastern flatbread. Tabbouleh and baba ganoush will be on the menu, and so will basbousah, which is a Middle Eastern semolina cake,” Johnson said.

Anyone is welcome to attend the Oct. 12 dinner for free, but capacity and budget is limited. Those interested in participating are encouraged to register for a ticket through the event website.

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These Syrian refugees became Canadians. Just in time to vote.

By MaClean’s |

A small but growing number of the Syrian refugees who have resettled in Canada will be able to vote in this election. It’s a big moment when back home, an election was basically a “theatre act.”

At first, Mohammad Joudi did not believe the voice on the other end of the phone. “I thought somebody was joking with me,” he recalls. “They asked if I wanted to travel to Canada.”

Luckily for him, the call was no prank. It was the United Nations refugee agency, scrambling to help the new Liberal government in Ottawa fulfill one of Justin Trudeau’s signature promises of the 2015 federal campaign: to welcome 25,000 displaced Syrians by the end of the year.

Holding his cellphone to his ear, Joudi was elated. By that point—early December—his family had not stepped foot in their war-ravaged homeland in more than three years, having fled to neighbouring Jordan in 2012. Offered the chance to suddenly start fresh on the other side of the world, Joudi did not hesitate. On Dec. 27, 2015, just three weeks after that life-changing call, he, his wife Reem and their six children touched down in Toronto—part of the first wave of what is now nearly 60,000 Syrian refugees who have resettled in Canada under Trudeau’s watch.

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Demographics

Download demographics details on each community in the Tri-Cities.

Coquitlam

In 2016, Coquitlam was home to the fifth-largest immigrant population (61,060) in the Metro Vancouver Region.

Source: Census 2016

Coquitlam

In 2016, 54.8% of Coquitlam’s recent immigrants between the ages of 25 to 64 had a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Source: Census 2016

Coquitlam

In 2016, immigrants represented 48.2% of Coquitlam’s labour force.

Source: Census 2016

Coquitlam

Coquitlam was home to the fifth-largest immigrant population (61,060) in the Metro Vancouver Region.

Source: Census 2016

City of Coquitlam

“Information is important for everyone in our society. Being able to connect with and communicate the types of services available so that new immigrants can fully take part in society is one of the Library’s mandates.”

City of Coquitlam

Coquitlam

In 2016, 54.8% of Coquitlam’s recent immigrants between the ages of 25 to 64 had a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Source: Census 2016

Coquitlam

62.8% of Coquitlam’s recent immigrant population arrived under the economic class.

Source: Census 2016

Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce

“The Tri-Cities business community is very vibrant and diverse. Working with all facets of community is critical to helping businesses succeed.”

Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce

Coquitlam Public Library

“Information is important for everyone in our society. Being able to connect with and communicate the types of services available so that new immigrants can fully take part in society is one of the Library’s mandates.”

Coquitlam Public Library

School District #43

“Our goal is to provide the most effective services to help parents and students successfully integrate into Canadian society.”

School District #43

Port Coquitlam

In 2016, refugees made up 13.8% of Port Coquitlam’s immigrant population.

Source: Census 2016

Coquitlam

In 2016, China was the largest source country of immigrants to the City of Coquitlam.

Source: Census 2016

Coquitlam

Refugees made up 11.0% of Coquitlam’s immigrant population and 12.2% of its recent immigrant population.

Source: Census 2016

Port Moody

In 2016, 67.3% of Port Moody’s recent immigrants between the ages of 25 to 64 had a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Source: Census 2016

Port Coquitlam

43.4% of Port Coquitlam’s immigrants speak non-official languages often at home.

Source: Census 2016

Avia Employment Services

“We need to learn from each other’s experiences, study the essential settlement needs of newcomers and work in harmony to propose a model that is both efficient and effective.”

Avia Employment Services

Coquitlam

Coquitlam experienced a significant immigrant population increase (17.2%) between 2011 and 2016.

Source: Census 2016

Fraser Health Authority

“The participation of the health sector is important in the TCLIP initiative as it brings a “health lens” to many discussions and activities.”

Fraser Health Authority

Vancity

“We believe in getting involved with organizations that make a difference in their communities. Working with TCLIP is one way for Vancity to give back and support the well-being of Tri-Cities residents.”

Vancity

SHARE Family & Community Services

“Developing a strategic plan to aid in the successful settlement on immigrants fits with our focus on building an inclusive and welcoming community.”

SHARE Family & Community Services

Port Moody

In 2016, 67.3% of Port Moody’s recent immigrants between the ages of 25 to 64 had a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Source: Census 2016

Port Coquitlam

In 2016, refugees made up 13.8% of Port Coquitlam’s immigrant population.

Source: Census 2016

Coquitlam

China was the largest source country of immigrants to the City of Coquitlam.

Source: Census 2016

Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC)

“With growing diversity, and increased numbers of immigrants and refugees settling in the Tri-Cities, TCLIP provides an invaluable opportunity for ISSofBC to come together with other members of civil society to build a more welcoming and inclusive community.”

Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC)

Douglas College

“Every newcomer faces slightly different challenges, but the more our community understands how to make them feel welcome, the easier the transition can be.”

Douglas College

Coquitlam

In 2016, immigrants represented 48.2% of Coquitlam’s labour force.

Source: Census 2016

S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

“We would like to work towards making the Tri-Cities a place where all residents, from newcomers to long-term residents, feel that they belong and can contribute to creating a robust and healthy community.”

S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Coquitlam

In 2016, 54.8% of Coquitlam’s recent immigrants between the ages of 25 to 64 had a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Source: Census 2016

Coquitlam

In 2016, China was the largest source country of immigrants to the City of Coquitlam.

Source: Census 2016

Port Coquitlam

43.4% of Port Coquitlam’s immigrants speak non-official languages often at home.

Source: Census 2016

Coquitlam

In 2016, immigrants represented 48.2% of Coquitlam’s labour force.

Source: Census 2016

Coquitlam

In 2016, Coquitlam was home to the fifth-largest immigrant population (61,060) in the Metro Vancouver Region.

Source: Census 2016

Coquitlam

China was the largest source country of immigrants to the City of Coquitlam.

Source: Census 2016

Avia Employment Services

“We need to learn from each other’s experiences, study the essential settlement needs of newcomers and work in harmony to propose a model that is both efficient and effective.”

Avia Employment Services

Coquitlam

In 2016, immigrants represented 48.2% of Coquitlam’s labour force.

Source: Census 2016

Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC)

“With growing diversity, and increased numbers of immigrants and refugees settling in the Tri-Cities, TCLIP provides an invaluable opportunity for ISSofBC to come together with other members of civil society to build a more welcoming and inclusive community.”

Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC)

Port Coquitlam

In 2016, refugees made up 13.8% of Port Coquitlam’s immigrant population.

Source: Census 2016

Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce

“The Tri-Cities business community is very vibrant and diverse. Working with all facets of community is critical to helping businesses succeed.”

Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce

Coquitlam

62.8% of Coquitlam’s recent immigrant population arrived under the economic class.

Source: Census 2016

SHARE Family & Community Services

“Developing a strategic plan to aid in the successful settlement on immigrants fits with our focus on building an inclusive and welcoming community.”

SHARE Family & Community Services

Coquitlam

Refugees made up 11.0% of Coquitlam’s immigrant population and 12.2% of its recent immigrant population.

Source: Census 2016

Port Coquitlam

In 2016, refugees made up 13.8% of Port Coquitlam’s immigrant population.

Source: Census 2016

City of Coquitlam

“Information is important for everyone in our society. Being able to connect with and communicate the types of services available so that new immigrants can fully take part in society is one of the Library’s mandates.”

City of Coquitlam

Coquitlam

Coquitlam experienced a significant immigrant population increase (17.2%) between 2011 and 2016.

Source: Census 2016

Douglas College

“Every newcomer faces slightly different challenges, but the more our community understands how to make them feel welcome, the easier the transition can be.”

Douglas College

School District #43

“Our goal is to provide the most effective services to help parents and students successfully integrate into Canadian society.”

School District #43

Vancity

“We believe in getting involved with organizations that make a difference in their communities. Working with TCLIP is one way for Vancity to give back and support the well-being of Tri-Cities residents.”

Vancity

Port Moody

In 2016, 67.3% of Port Moody’s recent immigrants between the ages of 25 to 64 had a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Source: Census 2016

Fraser Health Authority

“The participation of the health sector is important in the TCLIP initiative as it brings a “health lens” to many discussions and activities.”

Fraser Health Authority

Coquitlam

In 2016, 54.8% of Coquitlam’s recent immigrants between the ages of 25 to 64 had a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Source: Census 2016

S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

“We would like to work towards making the Tri-Cities a place where all residents, from newcomers to long-term residents, feel that they belong and can contribute to creating a robust and healthy community.”

S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Coquitlam

Coquitlam was home to the fifth-largest immigrant population (61,060) in the Metro Vancouver Region.

Source: Census 2016

Coquitlam Public Library

“Information is important for everyone in our society. Being able to connect with and communicate the types of services available so that new immigrants can fully take part in society is one of the Library’s mandates.”

Coquitlam Public Library

Port Moody

In 2016, 67.3% of Port Moody’s recent immigrants between the ages of 25 to 64 had a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Source: Census 2016

Coquitlam

Coquitlam was home to the fifth-largest immigrant population (61,060) in the Metro Vancouver Region.

Source: Census 2016

Port Coquitlam

In 2016, refugees made up 13.8% of Port Coquitlam’s immigrant population.

Source: Census 2016

Coquitlam

In 2016, China was the largest source country of immigrants to the City of Coquitlam.

Source: Census 2016

Coquitlam Public Library

“Information is important for everyone in our society. Being able to connect with and communicate the types of services available so that new immigrants can fully take part in society is one of the Library’s mandates.”

Coquitlam Public Library

S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

“We would like to work towards making the Tri-Cities a place where all residents, from newcomers to long-term residents, feel that they belong and can contribute to creating a robust and healthy community.”

S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Coquitlam

In 2016, 54.8% of Coquitlam’s recent immigrants between the ages of 25 to 64 had a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Source: Census 2016

Coquitlam

Coquitlam experienced a significant immigrant population increase (17.2%) between 2011 and 2016.

Source: Census 2016

Douglas College

“Every newcomer faces slightly different challenges, but the more our community understands how to make them feel welcome, the easier the transition can be.”

Douglas College

Vancity

“We believe in getting involved with organizations that make a difference in their communities. Working with TCLIP is one way for Vancity to give back and support the well-being of Tri-Cities residents.”

Vancity

Port Moody

In 2016, 67.3% of Port Moody’s recent immigrants between the ages of 25 to 64 had a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Source: Census 2016

Coquitlam

China was the largest source country of immigrants to the City of Coquitlam.

Source: Census 2016

SHARE Family & Community Services

“Developing a strategic plan to aid in the successful settlement on immigrants fits with our focus on building an inclusive and welcoming community.”

SHARE Family & Community Services

Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce

“The Tri-Cities business community is very vibrant and diverse. Working with all facets of community is critical to helping businesses succeed.”

Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce

Coquitlam

In 2016, immigrants represented 48.2% of Coquitlam’s labour force.

Source: Census 2016

Coquitlam

In 2016, immigrants represented 48.2% of Coquitlam’s labour force.

Source: Census 2016

Port Coquitlam

43.4% of Port Coquitlam’s immigrants speak non-official languages often at home.

Source: Census 2016

Coquitlam

Refugees made up 11.0% of Coquitlam’s immigrant population and 12.2% of its recent immigrant population.

Source: Census 2016

Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC)

“With growing diversity, and increased numbers of immigrants and refugees settling in the Tri-Cities, TCLIP provides an invaluable opportunity for ISSofBC to come together with other members of civil society to build a more welcoming and inclusive community.”

Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC)

Coquitlam

In 2016, Coquitlam was home to the fifth-largest immigrant population (61,060) in the Metro Vancouver Region.

Source: Census 2016

Avia Employment Services

“We need to learn from each other’s experiences, study the essential settlement needs of newcomers and work in harmony to propose a model that is both efficient and effective.”

Avia Employment Services

Coquitlam

In 2016, 54.8% of Coquitlam’s recent immigrants between the ages of 25 to 64 had a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Source: Census 2016

Coquitlam

62.8% of Coquitlam’s recent immigrant population arrived under the economic class.

Source: Census 2016

Port Moody

In 2016, 67.3% of Port Moody’s recent immigrants between the ages of 25 to 64 had a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Source: Census 2016

Port Coquitlam

In 2016, refugees made up 13.8% of Port Coquitlam’s immigrant population.

Source: Census 2016

Fraser Health Authority

“The participation of the health sector is important in the TCLIP initiative as it brings a “health lens” to many discussions and activities.”

Fraser Health Authority

School District #43

“Our goal is to provide the most effective services to help parents and students successfully integrate into Canadian society.”

School District #43

City of Coquitlam

“Information is important for everyone in our society. Being able to connect with and communicate the types of services available so that new immigrants can fully take part in society is one of the Library’s mandates.”

City of Coquitlam

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