Past Projects

The TCLIP builds on the past work of the Tri-Cities Welcoming Communities Project (TCWCP), a collaboration between 21 community and government stakeholders with the mandate of helping newcomers settle in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.

This section includes details about past TCWCP projects, evaluations of community efforts, demographics, municipal services and recreation programs, population distribution, languages spoken, multicultural policies and plans and much more. Click on each project title to learn more.

Tri-Cities Welcoming Communities Project (TCWCP)

Foreign-born residents form nearly one third of the total population of the Tri-Cities. This project was developed as a way for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody to improve the way they receive and integrate newcomers into their communities.

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A Wonderful Opportunity for New Immigrants in the Tri-Cities
Welcoming Spaces is a program in the Tri-Cities that attempts to make businesses and organizations more welcoming to newcomers as a way of helping them settle faster into their new communities. The Welcoming Spaces program allows newcomers to better express what is important to them when it comes to feeling welcome. Thirty volunteers assessed 18 organizations to determine how to make them more inclusive.

 

You can watch the video, browse photos and read text on this website.

The Changing Face of the Tri-Cities: A Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce Business/Immigrant Forum & Dialogue

In March 2014, the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce brought local businesses and immigrants together in a forum to discuss challenges faced in the workforce. The forum launched a public dialogue about the skills that immigrants can bring to the economy and also the challenges that they face when searching for employment. This event also helped newcomers understand the types of skills that businesses are looking for. The imitative seeks to close the gap between skills shortages and the struggle that some immigrants experience in obtaining work when they move to the Tri-Cities.

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Tri-Cities Welcoming Communities Project – Who is Involved?

The Tri-Cities Welcoming Communities Project, which seeks to make Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody welcoming places to live for all residents, is supported by a Project Advisory that includes governments, business leaders, community agencies, and service providers. The Advisory is made up of representatives from ACT 2 Child & Family Services, the City of Coquitlam, the City of Coquitlam RCMP, the City of Port Coquitlam, the City of Port Moody, the Coquitlam Public Library, Douglas College, Douglas College (The Training Group), the Fraser Valley Regional Library, ISSofBC, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, the Port Moody Public Library, School District No. 43, SHARE Society, S.U.C.C.E.S.S, the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, the Tri-Cities Seniors Planning Table, Vancity, and the West Coast Family Centres Society.

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Community Profiles—Who Really Lives Here?

This section of the Tri-Cities Welcoming Communities website includes six different community profiles: immigrant youthimmigrants and employment, immigrant seniors, immigrant volunteerism, refugees and North Road’s emergence as a Korean district. This web page also provides statistics about the countries that immigrants are coming from and the percentage of the population that is foreign-born in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody using 2011 Census data.

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Tri-Cities Welcoming and Inclusive Community and Workplace Demonstration Project (WICWP)

S.U.C.C.E.S.S facilitated this project for the Tri-Cities Planning Committee. The project includes three stages: a dialogue on integration, training and placement, and evaluation, monitoring and development of a model for Welcoming and Inclusive Community and Workplace. The project, as a whole, aims to find successful ways to integrate workers, from different cultures, into the workforce.

Literature Review: Indicators of a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace

The Centre for Health and Community Partnerships at Douglas College completed a Literature Review: Indicators of a Diverse and Inclusive Workshop. The document identifies potential indicators of a diverse, culturally competent and inclusive workplace in order to evaluate the work done by the Welcoming and Inclusive Community and Workplace Demonstration Project (WICWP).

To get more information about project deliverables of the Welcoming and Inclusive Community and Workplace Demonstration Project (WICWP), read here.

Tri-Cities Intercultural Workplace Project (TIWP)

The Tri-Cities Community Planning Committee hosted a Roundtable on Human Resource in 2007 to discuss a necessity for partnering organizations to meet the needs of linguistically and culturally diverse communities. A significant language and culture gap was identified. This resulted in four organizational dialogue sessions. The second part of the project involved placing internationally trained human service professionals into the workforce. The 18 participants also attended two classes: introduction to community and English for internationally-trained professionals. The in-field mentoring created successful dialogues.

Sustaining Intercultural Workplace Work

The purpose of the Tri-Cities Intercultural Workplace Project (TIWP) is to assist human service organizations in establishing culturally inclusive workplaces. This document provides advice on how to sustain intercultural workplace successes.

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Tri-Cities Intercultural Workplace Project Final Report

The Tri-Cities Intercultural Workplace Project (TIWP) is an innovative project that acted as a catalyst for transformation of human service organizations whereby organizations, their staff and internationally trained professionals utilized their knowledge and experience to engage in multi-directional integration and culturally competent collaboration and service. This project is a response to the pressing need for local agencies and institutions to be responsive, welcoming and inclusive to the significant multicultural population in this community. Project Partners collaboratively worked together to create welcoming and inclusive workplaces and to develop promising practices and policies for recruitment and retention of internationally trained human service workers.

This report summarizes the TIWP and its outcomes.