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.

Read more about the Welcoming Communities project in the following newsletters:
1. 2013 (Winter): How Welcoming Are The Tri-Cities?
2. 2013 (Summer): North Road’s New Flavour
The First Road North of the Fraser River was in decline until an influx of Koreans revived it.
3. 2013 (Fall): The Road From Bhutan
The planned arrival in Tri-Cities of several hundred Bhutanese refugees from Nepal sparked unprecedented preparations. Five years later, there have been many twists and turns.
4. 2014 (Winter): The Case Of The Older Newcomer
Immigrant seniors fall through a lot of cracks. But the cracks are beginning to be filled.
5. 2014 (Spring): Starting Them Young
An array of programs – and a small army of workers and volunteers – are geared to making school the best years of newcomers’ lives, not the toughest.
6. Immigrants + Help = A More Efficient Labour Market
7. The Right Workers In The Right Place At The Right Time
How Canada’s immigration system responds to labour markets and economic demand
8. Community Input and Feedback on the Tri-Cities Refugee Support Forum 


A Wonderful Opportunity for New Immigrants in the Tri-Cities
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.

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.

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.

Get more information here.

Community Profiles—Who Really Lives Here?
This section of the Tri-Cities Welcoming Communities website includes six different community profiles: immigrant youth, immigrants 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.


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 included 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, sought 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).


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.
Tri-Cities Intercultural Workplace Project
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.
2018 - 2019

In 2018- 2019, Tri-Cities LIP collaborated with its partners to deliver the following initiatives: 

Newcomer Employment Week
Over 270 newcomers participated in 33 activities during the week of September 10th delivered by 13 partners with 59 employers engaged throughout the week. 91% of survey respondents agreed that their knowledge of the Canadian labour market increased and 90% of respondents were able to meet and connect with employers. For more information on this initiative, click this link for the final report:

Welcoming Neighbourhoods
The Tri-Cities is unique in its history of collaboration, diversity and ways of welcoming newcomers. Stories of welcome and its impact on the community and how each individual plays a role in welcoming communities and combating hate and racism in our community were told and heard. Click here for the summary report:

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) invited 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.

Newcomer Employment Week

The Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership announced September 10-14 as Newcomer Employment Week, where participants were invited to 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
2016 - 2017

TCLIP Refugee Support Forum

November 2, 2016

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.

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 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.

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.

Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership
2058 Henderson Place
1163 Pinetree Way
Coquitlam, BC  V3B 8A9