Immigration Waterloo Region Weekly
Your guide to upcoming events, information and resources in Waterloo Region

SEPTEMBER 23, 2019

Events and Programs
On The Table: Coffee, Bagels and Immigration, Sept 28, 9:30-10:30am
(G) The Waterloo Region Immigration Partnership and KW Multicultural Centre (KWMC) invite you to join us at the Kitchener Market community kitchen on Saturday, Sept 28, for bagels, coffee and a discussion about immigration. If you would like to learn more about "On the Table," visit Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF).
Manufacturing Day Facility Tour (Immigration Partnership) 2019
Oct 4, 9:30am-3:30pm
(I) On Manufacturing Day Public Tours 2019, Immigration Partnership is providing buses for immigrants and refugees to visit manufacturing plant locations on October 4. There will be two buses available for two different tours and a total of 24 people per bus. Each bus will do a morning and afternoon tour. Sign up to get a spot & learn about what manufacturing is, what it isn’t and what opportunities a career in manufacturing can offer. Lunch is provided.
IMPACT International Theatre Festival, Sept 24-29
(G) From Sept 24-29, local theatre company MT Space is hosting its Impact Theatre Festival . World-class local, national, and international performers gather in downtown Kitchener for theatre that speaks to the experiences of immigrants living in other parts of the world that influence newcomers to Canada.
Webinar on the Financial Responsibilities of Refugee Sponsors Under the BVOR Program, (sept 25, 3-5pm)
(G) The Refugee Sponsorship Training program presents this webinar that will review refugee sponsors’ financial responsibilities, provide an overview of the RAP Rates. It will  also discuss the importance of connecting newcomers with a settlement agency; managing expectations; power imbalances; and, ethical considerations after arrival.
Affordable Winter Clothing Pop-Up Shop, Sept 26-27, 12-8pm
(G) The Mennonite Central Committee rePurpose Centre is opening a 'pop-up shop' with affordable winter clothing, including coats, hats, mitts, scarves, pants, boots and sweaters, for newcomers and lower-income families in Waterloo Region to ensure they are outfitted well for the pending cold weather.
Let's Talk Program for Newcomer Youth, Thursdays, starting Oct 3, 5-7pm
(I) T he Kitchener Public Library and Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre are offering this program for newcomer youth ages 14-21 to talk about their education and career goals through music, poetry, drama and visual art. The goal of this program is to empower newcomer youth to make informed choices that are consistent with their values and help them achieve their dreams.
Surprise Movie Night Duo (Sept 26 and Oct 30, 7:00pm)
(I) Surprise Movie Night is held by KW Counselling Services in partnership with Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada. This event is  looking to raise funds to support the KW Counselling Services’ Trusting, Loving Connections (TLC) program that offers caregivers and their children education and therapy to help them understand the impact trauma has on the entire family. This year’s films have not yet been released in theatres and are currently screening for film industry professionals at major film festivals around the world .
Resources and Information

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released its new Policy on eliminating racial profiling in law enforcement at the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) CEOs Day. This policy, the first of its kind in Canada, offers practical guidance to help law enforcement identify and end racial profiling. The OACP is committed to the principles outlined in the policy, and more than 20 community and advocacy groups have added their support or endorsement.

A free and nurturing space for grassroots, ethnocultural groups and small nonprofits is now open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, 23 Water Street North. Book the space for your meetings, workshops, activities and events by sending an email to or by calling 519-579-3800.
Immigration Partnership Partner Survey 2019
The Immigration Partnership is a community-wide partnership of organizations, governments, employers, funders and individuals and has been working together since 2009 to ensure immigrants and refugees are able to settle, work, and belong in Waterloo Region. 

The survey gathers insight from the Immigration Partnership's partners regarding engagement, progress, current trends and emerging issues. The results will be summarized and shared with our partners and community to enhance our collective work. Please complete the survey by October 1, 2019.
Funding, Awards and More...
Waterloo Region Newcomer Landlord Award 2019

The Immigration Partnership is accepting nominations for the Waterloo Region Newcomer Landlord Award. This award recognizes landlords that go above and beyond to provide innovative, flexible, caring and affordable housing solutions for recent immigrants and refugees in Waterloo Region. Nomination are open until Friday, Oct 4, 4:30pm.
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