Helpful Resources for Building Inclusive Communities
This section contains resources for newcomers in the Tri-Cities, but it also provides useful information for service-providers and community stakeholders – people who interact with immigrants in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody on a daily basis. Find out everything from community programs and services to multicultural policies, project outcomes and in-depth research in TCLIP’s comprehensive resource guide. Click on the resource topic below for more information.
Getting to Know the Tri-Cities: Community Guides, Services and Profiles
- Newcomers Directory to Community Programs and Services (updated in April 2013): This comprehensive directory provides useful information about programs, services and organizations that are available to immigrants and refugees in Coquitlam. It has a search feature that allows users to filter by topics like employment services, English as a second language programs, housing, health services, refugee and settlement services, translation and interpretation services, volunteer opportunities, women’s services and much more.
- Community Multicultural Services: This website was developed by Tri-Cities Middle Childhood Matters and offers information about community services and organizations that are available to meet the needs of multicultural families living in the region. It breaks down services into three categories: communities, schools and main. It contains useful information for parents about special needs, health and nutrition, media and technology and child sexuality. The website also includes a news section and a blog.
- Economic Overview for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody: These reports provide information about demographics, market indicators and taxes for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody. The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce website also includes information about education, business planning and licensing, etc.
- City of Coquitlam Employment Area Profiles: This section of the city’s website profiles Coquitlam’s major employment areas: Citywide, City Centre, Barnet Corridor, Austin Heights, North Road, Maillardville, Southwest Industrial Area and Cape Horn. It also groups employment data into six sectors: film, home-based, manufacturing, retail wholesale, technology and tourism.
- Access to Recreation in Coquitlam: This section of the city’s website provides useful information on how to get involved in recreation activities in Coquitlam. It also includes a list of programs geared towards helping newcomers get involved in the community. These include the “Get Connected, Get Active,” “One-to-One Support,” “Grade 5 Get Active! and Grade 6 Stay Active! Program,” and “Low and No-Cost Programs.” Find out more about each of the programs by clicking on the hyperlinks.
- Resident’s Guide to Municipal Services: Residents can find out information about immigrant and settlement services, recreation services, the municipal government, employment opportunities, bylaw enforcement, economic development, garbage and recycling, libraries, arts and cultural organizations, emergency preparedness, water and sewage services, public safety, building guidelines, taxes and utilities, business licences, winter snow clearing, dog licences and cat ID registration in English, Korean, Chinese and Farsi in this guide.
- Port Moody 2014 Citizen Survey: Ipsos Reid conducted random telephone interviews with Port Moody residents 18 years of age and older. The survey focused on issues that need the attention of local leaders, quality of life in the city, satisfaction with council, administration and city services, preferred funding options, information needs and communication preferences, access to and usefulness of city communication methods, usefulness of the city’s website, investment and tourism and the importance of civic environmental leadership. This report presents the survey’s key findings.
- Parks and Recreation in Port Moody: This section of Port Moody’s website provides information about all parks in the city, recreation programs for all ages, wildlife and the natural environment.
Becoming Culturally Inclusive: City Policies, Plans and Projects
- Coquitlam Multiculturalism Policy: The city’s multiculturalism policy states that Coquitlam recognizes cultural diversity as a source of enrichment. The city also supports equality and promotes understanding and inclusion. It does not condone discrimination or hate based on race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour or religion. The policy seeks to make Coquitlam a place where all residents feel that they can participate in planning and development.
- City of Coquitlam Social Planning – Multiculturalism: This section of the city’s website focuses on Coquitlam’s Multiculturalism Strategic Plan, which was developed to help make the city a more welcoming and inclusive place for all residents. The web page also includes information about the city’s Multiculturalism Advisory Committee as well as multicultural reports and resources, current projects and past projects.
- Multiculturalism Advisory Committee of City of Coquitlam: This committee seeks to create awareness about the city’s multicultural population, initiates discussion about multicultural issues, looks into barriers related to citizen involvement, helps develop multicultural policies, identifies opportunities for public education about multiculturalism, and gives input on program development and implementation. The committee is made up of two council members and up to 12 citizen appointees.
- The Welcome Project – Migration: This project explores the immigrant experience through art. It seeks to assess the degree to which Coquitlam is a welcoming city for all. You can find out more about the project through this e-book-style publication.
- The City of Coquitlam’s Multiculturalism Strategic Plan: Coquitlam is an extremely diverse city, with 40 per cent of the current population born outside of Canada and speaking at least 37 different first languages. This plan was shaped by the experiences, opinions and statements of immigrants, established residents and staff and seeks to make Coquitlam a welcoming and inclusive community. To develop this multicultural strategy, the project was broken into three categories: taking stock, development of community vision and strategy and action plan development. For the first phase, the city’s current and past strategies were examined. The second phase involved gathering information from community stakeholders and the third phase involved actually creating the strategy.
- Phase 1 – “Taking Stock” Final Report: This report summarizes the first phase of Coquitlam’s Multiculturalism Strategic Plan. It outlines the findings about the city’s past and present multiculturalism strategies.
- Phase 2 – Development of Community Vision Final Report: This report summarizes the second phase of Coquitlam’s Multiculturalism Strategic Plan. The project began in 2007, when the city received a grant from Heritage Canada to develop a multiculturalism plan. This report outlines the research and community consultation process that was done during phase two, or the “developing a community vision,” portion of the project.
Multicultural Problem-Solving: Supporting Community Initiatives with Research
- Bridging Immigrants and Refugees with ECD Services: Partnership Research in the Development of an Effective Service Model: This study examines Early Childhood Development (ECD) practices in the region and was funded by the United Way of the Lower Mainland in order to develop culturally competent ECD services in the Tri-Cities. Researchers held focus groups with parents and with people who work in the field of early childhood education in the Tri-Cities. Parents told researchers that accessibility, inadequate English skills, discrimination by case workers, isolation from mainstream society and difficulty integrating are all barriers to enrolling children in ECD programs. The report makes recommendations for how to improve early childhood services. For a summary of the report, click here.
- United Way Senior Vulnerability Report – Nov 2011 Community profile #2: Coquitlam/Port Coquitlam/Port Moody: This United Way report profiles vulnerabilities faced by seniors, 65 and older, in Richmond and Delta. The document provides an overview of demographics, economic security and housing conditions of seniors in Richmond and Delta and compares the findings to statistics for the region as a whole.
- Research on Immigration and Integration in the Metropolis: This research, conducted by the Vancouver Centre of Excellence, uses Census data to better understand immigrant settlement patterns in Greater Vancouver throughout the 20th century. The report identifies three major changes to immigrant settlement in the last 25 years: the number of immigrants settling in Vancouver has increased, the origin of immigrants is dominated by Asian countries and immigrants are settling in different residential patterns. These changes are presented to make the argument that the delivery of social services, the local education system and general urban life need to change too.
- Building Caring Communities: The Contributions of Immigrant Volunteers: This report looks at the experiences of immigrants who volunteer in mainstream agencies in Canada. It identifies the factors that motivate people to volunteer in Canada. The research also considers how immigrants become volunteers, what immigrants consider to be successful volunteer placements, the challenges that need to be overcome, and how to create a norm where placements are successful.