Current Projects

Screen shot 2015-06-02 at 1.40.16 PM Based on several community consultations and literature review and analyses, the TCLIP developed its Strategic Plan for 2016 – 2019. Four strategic priorities were identified:

  1. Immigrant Labour Market Integration
  2. Newcomers’ Knowledge of and Access to Community Information and Services
  3. Social Isolation of Tri-Cities’ Newcomers
  4. Civic Engagement of Tri-Cities’ Newcomers

TCLIP has successfully received funding for the implementation of these strategic priorities for 2016- 2019. During the implementation phase, we continue to emphasize the importance and value of partnerships, collaborations, community engagement and sustainability in our activities. Our annual action plans are guided by the strategic plan and directed by the TCLIP Council and several committees.

2018 – 2019

TCLIP is pleased to announce the following exciting initiatives to support its strategic priorities:

Newcomer Employment Week 

September 10 – 13, 2018

Coquitlam/ Port Moody/ Port Coquitlam

Newcomer immigrants are invited to participate in a range of activities to support their employment goals. From workshops to networking events to a hiring fair, there is something for newcomers of diverse skills and talents. This event is sponsored by Vancity.

All Are Welcome Here Public Forum 

November 14, 2018

Evergreen Cultural Centre

The Tri-Cities is unique in its history of collaboration, diversity and ways of welcoming newcomers. Hear stories of welcome and its impact on the community. Learn about how each individual plays a role in welcoming communities and combating hate and racism in our community.

Other Projects:

Organizing Against Racism & Hate Network:

With support from the Province of BC, the Tri-Cities Organizing Against Racism & Hate Network was established in April 2018. Our goals include developing a community protocol to respond to racist and hate incidents in the community, and raising the community’s awareness & understanding of racism and hate.


2017 – 2018

In 2017-2018, the TCLIP:

  • Collaborated with Back in Motion, Douglas College, ISSofBC, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce to host the My Journey to Self-Employment: Stories of Success & Resilience
  • Delivered monthly e-newsletters to partner agencies to share the latest immigration-related reports, upcoming community events and community resources
  • Delivered the We Bring Strength: Refugee Success Stories campaign during BC Multiculturalism Week
  • Conducted a community forum on Using Evidence to Enhance Collaborative Partnerships, inviting Statistics Canada and Dr. Daniel Hiebert to share how 2016 Census data can be used to enhance partnership opportunities and collaboration amongst community organizations.

Census Forum: Using Evidence to Enhance Collaborative Partnerships in the Tri-Cities

January 22, 2018 | 9:00am -12:00pm

The Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership (TC LIP) would like to invite community stakeholders to learn about the 2016 Census data specific to the Tri-Cities, consider the effect of the data on their organizations’ activities for newcomers, and to enhance partnership opportunities and collaboration with other community stakeholders.

Organizing Against Racism and Hate (OARH)

OARH is to develop a community protocol to respond to racist and hate incidents. Join the next meeting and learn more about this important community topic.

OARH Poster pdf

Newcomer Employment Week 

The Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership is pleased to announce September 10-14 as Newcomer Employment Week. Get involved in any of the following ways:

  • Leading an employment-related activity, such as industry talks, workshop or info session
  • Bring a group of newcomers to participate and attend on the day
  • Join the TCLIP steering committee to guide the week’s activities
  • Volunteer to participate during the week
  • All are welcome camp poster pdf

Forum: All Are Welcome Here Campaign 

The Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership (TC LIP) is hosting an annual forum on the week of November 12, 2018. Click here to learn how to get involved.


2016 – 2017


TCLIP Refugee Support Forum 

November 2, 2016

Networking & Refreshments at 8:45am-9:15am

Forum from 9:15am -12:00pm

The Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership (TCLIP) organized its first Refugee Support Forum bringing together service providers whose services are directly or indirectly related to refugees.  The objective of the Refugee Forum was to provide an opportunity for agencies to work together to enhance service supports for refugees. Over 100 participants representing the Tri-Cities service provider organizations (TC SPOs) actively dialogued to identify strengths, challenges and opportunities in providing services to refugees.  Input on strengths, gaps, and opportunities were obtained from forum participants.  The Inputs were presented to the TCLIP Council and were addressed in the TCLIP Implementation Plan on the TCLIP priority area of increasing newcomers’ access to community information and services.

Research Activity

Increasing Immigrant and Refugee Access to Settlement and Community Services

Feasibility of Various Service Coordination Models in the Tri-Cities

October 2016 – January 2017

On behalf of the Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership (TCLIP), a research organization conducted a feasibility study on various coordination models in the context of Tri-Cities. This research project identified various models and best practices in service coordination in order to increase immigrant and refugee access to settlement and community services in the Tri-Cities. For a copy of research report and a summary of the key findings, please contact the TCLIP Secretariat at

TCLIP Community Forum 

February, 2017

At the TCLIP Community Forum in early 2017, research findings on feasibility of various service coordination models in the context of Tri-Cities were shared with the community. The Input and feedback gathered from the community at the Forum served to inform the development of the TCLIP Action Plan.

2014 – 2016

Over the course of 2014-2016, the TCLIP conducted research on the civic engagement needs of newcomers in the Tri-Cities as well as a Tri-Cities Labour Market Scan and held two community forums to obtain input and feedback from the community to address the research findings. The input gathered from the Forum as well as the research projects informed the development of the TCLIP Strategic Plan. In March 2016, the TCLIP launched its Strategic Plan which outlines priorities, goals and objectives that informs the work of the TCLIP now and in the future. Specific research and outreach activities over 2014-2016 included:

Community Consultation Forums on Settlement and Integration:

Two forums were held so that the TCLIP could engage the community about its work. Each forum included more than 80 community representatives including newcomers, settled immigrants, community members, service agencies, employers, businesses and representatives from local government. .

Tri-Cities Community Forum (March 24, 2015): Participants were presented with the findings from the TCLIP Civic Engagement research. Attendees were asked to provide their input and perspectives on the findings with regard to addressing civic engagement needs of Tri-Cities newcomers. Input and feedback collected from participants at the forum informed the development of the TCLIP Strategic Plans’ strategic priorities, goals and objectives.

Tri-Cities Employer Forum (November 24, 2015) “Tri-Cities Labour Market Needs and Immigrant Workforce Integration”: Research findings were shared on the Tri-Cities Labour Market Scan. Information was provided on current employer perspectives with regard to recruiting and hiring new immigrants, information on the Tri-Cities immigrant talent pool as well as best practices and strategies on how to better integrate recent immigrants into the Tri-Cities labour market. Tri-Cities employers, businesses, public and private institutions and community organizations attended to share their perspectives and provide feedback on addressing the research findings. Input and feedback collected at the forum informed the development of the TCLIP Strategic Plans’ strategic priorities, goals and objectives.

Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership Research Initiative (October 2014 – March 2015)

Civic Engagement of Immigrants in the Tri-Cities. Research on the Civic Engagement of Immigrants in the Tri-Cities provided an increased understanding of newcomers’ perceived community integration needs with regard to social, political, cultural and economic participation in the Tri-Cities. The research process included key informant interviews, surveys with the community as well as organizations in addition to focus groups. For a research report and a summary of the key findings, please contact the TCLIP Secretariat:

Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership Research Initiative (July – November 2015)

Labour market integration of recent immigrants in the Tri-Cities A Labour Market Scan of the Tri-Cities was conducted in order to better understanding the role recent immigrants play in the local labour market and to identify barriers and opportunities for newcomers to participate in the Tri-Cities labour market, specifically from local employers’ perspectives. The research process involved key informant interviews with employers, an employer survey and surveys with recent immigrants. For a research report and a summary of the key findings, please contact the TCLIP Secretariat for a copy of the research report or a summary of the key findings: