St. John's LIP Newsletter: April 2020
The St. John’s Local Immigration Partnership is a broad-based partnership designed to support the well-being and participation of newcomers in all aspects of life in the city, as well as to strengthen the city’s ability to integrate newcomer needs into municipal planning processes. The St. John’s LIP is co-led by the City of St. John’s and the Association for New Canadians and funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
In this Newsletter:

You will find links, programs, and outreach from various community partners that seek to find meaningful ways to engage our residents, youth, children, newcomers and all that call St. John's and Newfoundland and Labrador home.

We rely on online resources during this time of physical distancing - which is equally available to all who can use it: online. #freeaccess
Thank you for helping us take care of each other during this challenging time, which we will all see through together. #community
Carte de service "Mon nouveau St. John's" - Disponible
The St. John’s Local Immigration Partnership is pleased to promote their interactive, online and mobile-friendly services map to help newcomers easily find and access existing programs and services in both official languages.

With the support of La Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador and made possible through financial support from the City of St. John's, the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

Check out BOTH sites at Mon Nouveau St. Jean AND My New St. John's

Let us know if there's anything else you would like to see added or edited!
Did You Know? That the St. John's LIP with support from ACOA was able to translate a community package in TWO languages? Now the Arabic and French Community have access to such city services like (click current available links in colour to access):

The Real Program + Application, in both Arabic and French
Housing & Tenants Rights , Arabic and French , and
Neighbourhood Watch , also in both Arabic and French (tba)

Special Thanks to Marina Grineva, whose students in her Russian class, MUN's Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, voluntarily translated The REAL Program - we look forward to these programs to be up and running again soon, so the many kids in our community can take advantage.

If you would like access to a Russian copy, please reach out to so we can send you such - it will be on the city site soon. #communitycollaboration
Partners: News and Updates
The English as a Second Language Programs (ESL) at Memorial University has switched to online classes for the remainder of the Winter 2020 semester. For updates and information on Spring 2020 programming, you can visit
A Message from MWONL's Director
During this time of uncertainty around the COVID 19 pandemic, I am reaching out to our members, participants, volunteers, partners and you all to ensure that we are continuing to support you.
As we sent a notice earlier about closing our activities in these present circumstances, our organization will continue to provide support to those who need them in these difficult circumstances. Please note, to continue our support to you and your family needs, we are working from home, and you can reach all our staff members through email, and we will respond by e-mail messages or phone as soon as possible. 
We want to encourage you to follow the advice and regulations set by health professionals and government NL in order to protect yourselves and loved once to the best of your abilities. 

If you have healthcare-related questions, please call the provincial HealthLine by dialing 811 on your phone or call Red Cross at 1-800-863-6582.   If you require urgent assistance, please contact 911.

As a licensed social worker, I also recognize that there will be a profound effect on the mental health and well being of the individual and families of our community. Please feel free to contact me if you need support in this respect.
In the upcoming month, our organization will start developing ways to keep the community connected through virtual means, and looking into offering classes for participants virtually. We will update you as soon as we get things set up. Please stay safe and take maximum precautions to keep yourself and your families.   

Kaberi Sarma-Debnath,RSW
Executive Director, MWONL
Tel:  709.726.0321, 709.351.4760 (cell)
Fax: 709.726.0322
Public Legal Information Association of NL

PLIAN has developed a part of our website specifically for COVID-19 and it’s impact on various areas of the law, legal system. Click Here

Information about how the Journey Project’s supports are being impacted is also listed there.

Additionally, for wellness/mental health supports, there is a relatively new counselling group (Jacob Puddister Memorial Foundation) that is offering FREE online/phone counselling.

Facebook is where they are posting their updates.

*Please be advised that due to COVID-19, the Journey Project team are currently working from home and suspending all in-person support. While we are engaging in social distancing and may be operating at limited capacity, we will continue to use technology to support survivors throughout our province during this challenging time.
If you need immediate support, the NL Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre’s Crisis, Support, and Information Line is available
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days of the year at 1-800-726-2743.

Emma Duke, BA, BSW, RSW
Legal Support Navigator
The Journey Project
Office: 709-722-2805 or 1-833-722-2805

NL Sexual Assault Crisis & Prevention Centre
24 Hour Crisis and Information Line:

Public Legal Information Association of NL
Legal Information Line
1-888-660-7788 or 722-2643

The St. John’s Board of Trade and Connector NL , Please refer to BOT's website to stay connected for upcoming online events, links and videos, and webinars, too. For More Info: Connector NL
Association for New Canadians

Business (not quite as) usual: the ANC continues to operate

Despite the challenging times, the Association for New Canadians continues to support newcomer clients and other permanent residents as well as temporary residents across Newfoundland and Labrador.

While our offices are closed, our dedicated staff continues to offer a full array of services and supports through telephone, online, and email as well as critical in-person services.

ESL classes, settlement services, employment assistance, satellite office activities and other core/essential programs continue via telephone or online methods.

ANC employees normally meet hundreds of people every week. With innovative thinking and creativity, they are able to continue and even expand on many of their offerings.

Core Services
The resettlement/settlement team continues to connect to individuals and families to ensure they feel supported and to maintain vital community connections. Where possible, they are working by phone

We are also assisting newcomers to use the Covid 19 screening tool, call 811, and engage in community efforts to flatten the curve. ANC staff worked with Eastern Health to ensure 811 is connected to RIO to ensure newcomers can get help with translation into their own language if they need it. The Refugee Health Collaboration continues its excellent work with ANC clients with patience and professionalism.

Our adult ESL classes are going ahead as online virtual classrooms or via telephone, as appropriate to client needs. Instructors prepared home-study packages for students and are continuing instruction via the methods most appropriate to language levels.

Children and Youth Program (CAYP) employees have switched their focus from the schools and classrooms to Google hangouts, Skype, and other e-methods for keeping in touch with children, youth, and parents.

For Business/Employers
Employment counselling and programming continues to be delivered virtually or by phone while employers are supportive and planning for the future.
Reach AXIS Careers, our employment services division:

The ANC Diversity team is busy adapting presentations for online delivery. If your workplace has been looking for this vital professional development, get in touch:

For all newcomers A new Facebook group, Newcomer Community Connections, highlights activities and will, we hope, strengthen a province-wide community.
So far, we have held a virtual volunteer orientation, a student coffee break, an online yoga class for newcomers, and a session on working from home with the experts at Hey Orca!

Please join the group and refer anyone you think may be interested. Sessions are offered on a province-wide basis, some by pre-registration and others open to everyone without registration.

For information on the Facebook group, volunteering, or anything else Community Connections-related, contact Kathryn Holloway:

Please feel free to contact, by e-mail or telephone, any staff member with whom you have been working. If you are unsure where to direct your inquiry, please phone 722-9680 or e-mail

Programs & Initiatives
techKNOWtutors offers free digital literacy training for the community! We are now offering our sessions as webinars!

Join us for our upcoming virtual sessions:

Zoom Webinar Practice: We are welcoming learners to join us for an hour of Zoom exploration! These sessions are primarily to help you log in and feel comfortable with Zoom before attending our regular sessions! Click the link to see dates, times, and registration details.

ESL Friendly eServices for Drivers: Come learn how to navigate MyGovNL eServices to renew your driver’s licenses and vehicle registration online! Click the link to see dates, times, and registration details.

and more!

Need support joining our webinar? Click here!

Please note that all sessions are ESL Learner Friendly!

We welcome anyone to register with us and join our webinars!

Contact us on Facebook or at or
709-753-9860 to register and for more information!
MUN's Student Volunteer Bureau Needs Virtual Volunteers!
 Community Engagement
The Once & Future Library visioning campaign is an initiative of the St. John’s Public Libraries Board (SJPLB) to connect with the community in library planning.

Take our  survey  and take part in marking the 200th anniversary of libraries in St. John’s.
Help Revolutionize the AC Hunter Library - Do the Survey!
Awesome opportunity with our LIP Partner

You can complete online survey  on what improvements you’d like to see in St. John’s Libraries. Paper copies of the survey are also available in the branches and the survey will remain open through May. 
While a new central library facility is a long ways off - we want to encourage big thinking — this is a multi-year conversation and SJPLB wants to gather your ideas and to have fun with it, too!

DO Fill in the Survey  -  Send in a Design of your Dream Library  -  Attend the Free Public Forum  and Join the Conversation!
Go to:
Our libraries are closed but Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries' Digital Library is always open! Find books, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers by visiting

Sign in with your NLPL library card and PIN. If you don't have a library card, sign up for one at

For more information, visit the NLPL homepage at

Happy Reading!

Sharing Our Cultures is accepting submissions of stories, poems, and drawings with explanations from grades 5 and 6 students about their cultures and cultural experiences for its next publication of Cultural Con'txt'.

Please visit our website and enjoy the previous publications since 2010 at .
Community Garden Support Program Accepting Early Applications with No Deadline
Funding applications for the 2020-21 Community Garden Support Program are now available to help eligible municipalities and community groups establish and enhance new and existing community gardens. There is no application deadline until further notice.

As part of the $2.25-million Provincial Agrifoods Assistance Program, the Provincial Government will invest $100,000 into the Community Garden Support Program. Last year the program funded 101 projects to help establish 23 new community gardens and enhance 78 existing community gardens.

Applicants reported that more than 3,500 people participated in and benefited from the community gardens including youth, seniors, and Indigenous groups. More details are available in the backgrounder below and online  here .  

“Last year a wide range of people availed of the Community Garden Support Program to establish or enhance truly community-minded gardens that were both a source of fresh, local food, as well as gathering places for all ages to work and learn together. Right now we are facing uncertain times as we deal with Covid-19, but I encourage municipalities and community groups to avail of this popular program and look forward to the coming growing season and better days ahead.”
Honourable Gerry Byrne
Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources
Updates from the Office of Immigration
and Multiculturalism

For Employers:   Link HERE

For Provincial Nominees/Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program/Applicants to both programs:   Link HERE
Food Security and Sustainability
The evolving COVID-19 Public Health Emergency has the potential to seriously impact food security in Newfoundland and Labrador, both through its economic impacts on people and through its logistical impacts on community food programs.

With that in mind, Food First NL has partnered with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to establish a COVID-19 Community Food Program Support Fund to provide immediate resources to community food programs in the province.

A total of $500,000 to support this effort is being provided by the Departments of Children, Seniors and Social Development, Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, and Municipal Affairs and Environment.

This includes $275,000 from the Labour Market Partnerships program, funded under the Canada-NL Labour Market Development Agreement, to support community food providers in addressing staffing issues.

Food First NL has agreed to administer and disburse these funds.
This fund will be used to provide support to community food programs that are continuing to safely offer services across the province. Organizations who operate multiple food programs may apply more than once - one application per program.

Submit Your Events and Get Involved

Do you have an upcoming event the community should know about? Would you like us to highlight a successful program or initiative? Get in touch if you wish to have your organization's work or event included in our newsletter. We send out a monthly newsletter, so please send your May updates by April 27, 2019!

The St. John’s LIP also has many opportunities for you to get involved. It is comprised of over 60 volunteers who participate through involvement on the Partnership Council or on one of our three working groups: Welcoming + Wellness, Employment + Skilled Labour, and Education + Training - we welcome your passion in one of these areas to help us uplift and empower our newcomer community.

Contact for more information or to get involved.

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