St. John's LIP Newsletter: February 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 is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
In this Newsletter:

We've heard from our Partnership Council and others that there is a need for more tools for connecting individuals interested in immigration issues in the city. To help meet that need, and to encourage collaboration and information sharing, we send out a newsletter 12 times a year that includes the following information:

  • Partners' News and Updates
  • Proposals and Programs
  • Community Engagement
  • Get Involved with SJLIP
MyNewStJohns.ca
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!
Partners: News, Updates and Workshops
Study and Stay Program is looking for Mentors
Public Legal Information Association of NL

The Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador has launched a new program to develop and deliver presentations on legal rights to newcomers throughout the province to assist in their workplace integration. Topics will include human rights, family law, residential tenancies, labour and employment rights, criminal law, etc.

For more information or to request a presentation in your region, please contact Project Coordinator Emma Duke at outreach@publiclegalinfo.com or 709-722-2643
PLIAN
Get in the know with Team Grow ...
The St. John’s Board of Trade and Connector NL , with support from ACOA, recently developed three videos to focus on the benefits of immigration and hiring immigrants through programs such at the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP). AIP allows local businesses to hire international talent and international post-secondary graduates who want to live and work in Atlantic Canada.

If you require support and guidance while learning about immigration programs and services the St. John’s Board of Trade is your GO TO place for business. Contact Rhonda at solutions@bot.nf.ca or visit: https://www.stjohnsbot.ca/hiring-newcomers

BOT has developed three immigration story videos. The videos are available here: https://www.stjohnsbot.ca/hiring-newcomers and Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/StJohnsBoardofTrade  

For More Info: Connector NL
Association for New Canadians

Charity Ball Rescheduled!!!

The gala evening benefiting the Association for New Canadians, originally set to happen in the aftermath of the recent snow storm, has been rescheduled to March 7 – and some tickets are still available!
 
Memorial University Engineering Society students plan and prepare the event each year to benefit a local charity; the ANC is delighted to have been selected this year and encourages you to attend. The charity ball goes ahead March 7 at the Bally Haly Country Club, Logy Bay Road.
 
For ticket and/or sponsorship information, please contact  mkspencer@mun.ca .

Free ESL Classes
The Association for New Canadians offers FREE evening English as a Second Language classes every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at the ESL Training Centre, 148 Elizabeth Avenue (off Smithville Crescent); classes are open to permanent and temporary residents as well as new (less than 1 year) Canadian citizens.

For more information, or to register phone 726-6848 or e-mail linc@ancnl.ca .

Conversation Circle
Everyone is welcome to the Community Conversation Circle, offered by the MUN Student Experience Office and MUN Internationalization office in partnership with the Association for New Canadians. The Conversation Circle goes ahead every Monday from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Internationalization Office multi-purpose room in the Corte Real Building on the MUN campus.

Programs and Initiatives
 
Support for temporary residents

The Association for New Canadians offers settlement supports to all temporary residents on the Avalon Peninsula. These include temporary foreign workers, international students (MUN, CNA, and other post-secondary institutions), AIP-endorsed employees, as well as family members of these groups.

Settlement supports include: needs assessments; settlement plans; information on topics relevant to living in the province such as housing, health care, education, banking, etc.; permanent resident application assistance; provincial and federal program application assistance; K-12 education liaison for parents and children; and referral services for both ANC programs (English as a Second Language, employment programs and career services, community connections and volunteer programs, and child & youth programs) and community programs and services.

Anyone looking for advice can contact Sophia Solomon, the ANC’s Community Settlement/Integration Counsellor, at 709-552-4736 or ssolomon@ancnl.ca .


Supports for Atlantic Immigration Pilot
The ANC continues to offer Atlantic Immigration Pilot program supports at no charge to both employers and employees. Employers or potential candidates (temporary foreign workers or international students at post-secondary institutions) interested in learning more about the AIP program, can contact Zack Noel, the ANC’s AIP Officer, at 709-552-2262 or znoel@ancnl.ca.

Date set for Diversity Summit
Save the date! On March 19, the Association for New Canadians host the next Diversity Summit. This one will be at the St. John’s Farmers Market on March 19, co-presented with First Light.

Volunteer Opportunity
You can make a lasting difference in the lives of newcomers to St. John’s! The Association for New Canadians is recruiting volunteers for the Newcomer Match Program. The Match program connects newcomers with volunteers. The volunteers help newcomers learn English, introduce them to the community and establish friendships/connections.

This program works entirely around each volunteer's schedule. Once interested individuals complete the application process, volunteers work closely with the Community Connections Coordinator to find a suitable match and begin the program.

Individuals OR families interested in volunteering with the Newcomer Match Program are asked to email volunteer@ancnl.ca.

Volunteer Orientation
If you’ve been thinking about volunteering with newcomers, here’s your chance! The Association for New Canadians has a meeting for anyone interested in any of the ANC’s volunteer opportunities, including conversation circles, helping newcomers learn about life in Canada, and assisting with homework clubs, the breakfast program and more.

The meeting is scheduled for February, February 4 th at 7 p.m. at the ANC’s ESL Training Centre, 148 Elizabeth Avenue (off Smithville Crescent). Register to attend or get more information by e-mailing volunteer@ancnl.ca.

School Supply Donations
The Association for New Canadians’ Child and Youth Team has an ongoing need for school supplies for newly-arrived refugee students. The Team is happy to accept any donations of pencils, pens, paper, notebooks, backpacks – anything a student would need starting out.

Contact cayp@ancnl.ca for information, or feel free to bring donations to our office at 144 Military Road.
  
Proposals + Programs
techKNOWtutors offers free digital literacy training for the community!
In the new year, we will be introducing two new workshops:

I Got an iPad, Now What? ( afternoon classes and evening classes !)

We welcome anyone to register with us and join us for these exciting new programs! 

Contact us on Facebook or at techknowtutors@cscnl.ca or 709-753-9860 to register and for more information!

Provincial Government Calls for Proposals to Promote
Multiculturalism Week
 
Through The Way Forward on Immigration, the Provincial Government is working with its partners to increase the number of Multiculturalism Week events throughout the province. As part of that work, government has issued a Request for Proposals for projects and events aimed at promoting intercultural understanding in Newfoundland and Labrador.
 
Held each year in March, Multiculturalism Week is a time to celebrate the contributions of immigrants and celebrate diversity through events such as displaying multi-coloured lights as well as music and food festivals. Since 2017, 28 events celebrating diversity throughout the province were funded through the Multicultural Grant Program for a total of approximately $35,000.
 
Eligible applicants include cultural groups and associations, established non-profit community organizations, municipal governments, public entities such as schools, and non-governmental entities such as regional development authorities.

Eligibility guidelines are available at  www.gov.nl.ca/immigration/files/NLMGP-Guidelines.pdf .
 
Application guidelines for submitting proposals, as well as funding eligibility and requirements, are available at  HERE
 
This year’s application process has been enhanced by introducing a continuous intake process, meaning applications may be submitted at any time for events taking place before March 31, 2020.  
AC Hunter Public Library Drop-in Family Playgroup on Fridays
9:30 am to 11:30 am starting on January 10 th.
A great opportunity to meet other caregivers and bond
during the cold and wintry months!
 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
SAVE THE DATE!
Video Contest - First Ever for Youth -
Office of the Child and Youth Advocate
SHARING OUR CULTURES™ EVENT
THE ROOMS on 9 Bonaventure Avenue, St. John’s, NL
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

You’re invited! Come celebrate our province’s diverse cultures with us and interact with high school youth as they share their cultures with you. Engage in hands-on activities, participate in traditional performances, and/or connect with the young people who make our province such a wonderful place to live. Please check our website www.sharingourcultures.com

Free Admission to Sharing Our Cultures™.

At Home in the Kitchen:
Access to Culturally Diverse Food and Ingredients Project
Over the next few months, St. John’s is going to be talking about food. Particularly, specific foods – and special ingredients – that are a taste of home. Many new Canadians arrive to St. John’s and struggle to find familiar foods to them; making it harder to feel at home in their new community. These access issues are also a barrier to new food-based businesses.

To help map out some solutions, the St. John’s Farmers’ Market Cooperative and the St. John’s Local Immigration Partnership have come together to create a new project: “At Home in the Kitchen,” funded by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador through their Labour Market Integration for Newcomers program.

We are looking to hear from people from all culturally diverse backgrounds, whether immigrants, Indigenous, refugees, citizens that have arrived from other countries and community organizations that work with people of culturally diverse background.

If you would like to connect and share your perspective, fill out THIS survey , sit in for a group chat about food, or to conduct an in-person or phone interview, please contact our Project Coordinator below:

Michelle Debnath-Canning,
Project Coordinator
At Home in the Kitchen

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 now send out a monthly newsletter, so please send March updates by February 26, 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 four working groups.

Contact sgardner@stjohns.ca for more information or to get involved.

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