Immigration Waterloo Region Weekly
July 27, 2020

Stay healthy, Waterloo Region. We are in this together.

Immigration Partnership Updates
Visit our website “Multilingual and other Resources for Immigrants and Service Providers” to get the latest COVID-19 multilingual resources developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Ontario Government and the Region of Waterloo to keep families, workers, staff and customers safe as our region enters Stage 3.  We have included tip sheets in different languages on how to safely use a non-medical mask, protective measures for different economy sectors and face coverings By-law signs for businesses.
Margaret Walton-Roberts, professor at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) and member of Immigration Partnership Council, along with Binod Khadria, Economics and Education, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and Sutama Ghosh, Geography & Environmental Studies, Ryerson University, will share in this webinar their insights and knowledge about migration trajectories, educational experiences and economic outcomes of Indian international students in Canada.
Join a coalition of local partners in the #KeepFamiliesSafe campaign  and help flatten the curve of family violence. Discover more at
Community Service Updates  
Immigrant Services and Interpretation Open

Apply to Join the University of Waterloo Youth Advisory Council

The University of Waterloo is inviting young people aged 15-25 to join its Youth Advisory Council of 10 young people from across Canada who work to ensure that young people’s perspectives are front and centre in the Youth & Innovation Project’s work. Deadline: August 7th, 2020.
The Region of Waterloo is Calling on Residents to Join the second Anti Racism Town Hall Meeting

The Region is hosting a Town Hall meeting focused on Anti-Racism on July 30, 2020, at 6 p.m. through an online video call. The Town Hall will be an opportunity for all members of our community to speak to the systemic racism that exists and provide ideas about how the Region can address it. This will help inform recommendations for an Anti-Racism plan and a Secretariat within the Region.
How to Help
Many newcomers in Waterloo Region have experienced feelings of isolation and loneliness during the pandemic preventing them from thriving in their new home. Through the YMCAs of  Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo ’s Canada Connect Program, newcomers can be LINKed with established immigrants (in Canada for more than 2 years) or Canadian born families to develop relationships that will help them feel connected and supported in their community.

Consider becoming a LINK and help newcomers settle into their new community!
The Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre is looking for Arabic-speaking volunteers for its online Conversational English Program. They will match volunteers with a newcomer looking to practice English, learn about life in Canada and connect with their local community. Express your interest by email
Federal, Provincial and Local Updates
COVID-19 Information and Resources
This IOM UN Migration issue brief first explores the various forms of xenophobic attacks to which migrants have been and continue to be victims during the pandemic. It then proposes a number of solutions, measures, policies that States and other relevant actors may consider.
This edition of the Conference Board of Canada’s Major Cities Insights provides new forecasts for growth in 10 major cities across Canada including Kitchener–Cambridge–Waterloo. For example, the net number of newcomers to our Region is expected to drop below 3,300 people in 2020, well below the area’s five-year annual average of 9,538 people.
The University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy provides a sector-by-sector overview of TFWs working in the agricultural and transportation sectors of each province. They also present data on the recent drop in arrivals by TFWs in total terms and by individual sector.
Th e recording of this webinar presented by The BESTWR Workforce Committee is available to those who want to hear from local restaurant owners about what they are doing to set up their patios, follow public health guidelines and other new best practices during the pandemic in Waterloo Region.
During the pandemic, organizations have had to think of new ways to offer their services and programs. Tamarack Institute brings some resources, tips and tools to move programs and practices online and still have quality results.
Virtual Events and Webinars
The Skin We're In: An Evening with Desmond Cole, July 28, 7pm
Kitchener Public Library and ACB Network of Waterloo Region bring Canadian journalist, activist and author Desmond Cole to discuss his book, “ The Skin We're In,” that is sparking national conversation, influencing policy, and inspiring activists. No registration required - event will be on Facebook Live.
Empowering Youth on Racism, July 28 to August 18, 1:30-2:45pm
Carizon’s Newcomer Mental Health program presents Empowering Youth on Racism. This group aims to provide a safe space where youth can explore issues of racism in the current social climate. To register for virtual meetings, please contact:
Asset Based Recovery: How to Put Community at the Center, July 28, 1-2pm (E.T.)
Communities across the globe are starting to move from crisis to recovery in response to COVID-19. This Tamarack Institute webinar will introduce an Asset-Based Recovery Framework that puts the community at the center by talking about how Edmonton has been working at the citizen level and how it has helped in their recovery.
Canadian Apprenticeship Forum Online Event, July 28, 6:30pm
Join the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum and Support Ontario Youth for this live webinar to discuss what it means to be an apprentice in Canada, and learn what a day on the job looks like and how to connect with employers, and where to look if you are just getting started.
Understanding Emotional Abuse and Precursors to Violence in the Home,
July 29, 7-9pm
In this virtual Porch Chat, organized by Friends of Crime Prevention, outreach workers will share information about what emotional violence is, what the effects are, and how you can help someone who is experiencing violence in the home. It is part of a series facilitated in partnership with the Keep Families Safe Coalition striving to prevent family violence in the Region of Waterloo.
Refugee Sponsorship Training Program Session: Preparing for The Interview, July 29, 1-2:30pm (EDT)
The interview stage for Privately Sponsored Refugees is an important part of the PSR application process. In this session, sponsors will learn how to coach refugees as they prepare for their interview, examine the rights and responsibilities of the refugee(s), the role of the interpreter, the decision process of the Visa Officer, and much more.
Raconte-moi ça! French Live Storytime , From July 31 to Aug 28, 10-10:15am
Heure du conte en français pour les enfants de 4 à 7 ans. Live French storytime for children 4-7 years old.
Activité organisée par l'École élémentaire catholique Saint-Nicolas du Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir.
Chantez comme une STAR: Soirée Karaoké familiale en français, Aug 5 & 19, 7-8pm
Soirée karaoké en français. Choississez vos chansons et amusez-vous en famille! Une Occasion pour les familles de pratiquer des chants de leur choix et chanter Live comme une Star, accompagner de Djennie Laguerre...Madame Bonheur!
Service Canada Webinar for Newcomers Aug 6 and 27, 10am
In this webinar, newcomers will receive information on Service Canada's programs and services. The goal of the session is to assist Newcomers in understanding and accessing Government of Canada benefits and programs.
Let's Talk Summer Camp | A Library Settlement Partnership Program, August 4-20, 12-1pm
This virtual program is for Newcomer youth ages 14-21 and runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from August 4-August 20. Attendees will learn how to reach their career and education goals using art, summer activities and challenges, and meetings with mentors.
Newcomer Family Wellness Camp, August 10, 12 and 13, 10-11:30am
Carizon’s Newcomer Mental Health program is hosting a free camp for newcomer parents and children where they can engage virtually in fun activities such as arts, music, dance, and physical activities. To register, please contact:
Waterloo Region Small Business Centre Programs and Webinars
Check out the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre Newsletter for programs, info, events and webinars for entrepreneurs and business owners : Uptown Open Air Market, ShopHERE, Starter Company PLUS, Grow My Business Accelerator, Digital Transformation Grant, Content Marketing 101, The Side Hustle Starter Kit, and much more.
Our Place Virtual Programs
Our Place, Family Resources and Early Years Centre, shares some new and current virtual programs for parents during Summer to discuss parenting issues, build relationships, strengthen their connection to their children and the community and more . All programs are currently taking registration and there is no charge to register.
COVID 19 Coverage and other News

The Immigration Waterloo Region calendar has information about local programs and events for newcomers. Subscribe for a digest of events coming up in the next week or add your own events to share .
Feel free to send suggestions or relevant events/resources to include to the Immigration Waterlooo Region weekly by emailing  Dan Vandebelt ( ) and Alejandra Amezquita Gutierrez ( )
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