St. John's LIP Newsletter: August 2019
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
  • Cultural Connections, Events and Programs
  • Research Initiatives and Volunteer Opportunities
  • Get Involved with SJLIP
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.
Partners: News, Updates and Introductions

Summer Cultural Festival
August 3rd, 2019!

RIAC (Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council) is proud to present PARTAKES’ 10 th Annual Summer Cultural Festival on Saturday, August 3, 2019, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

The Festival will be held at the John Cabot Amphitheater in Bowring Park behind the splash pad and the new fountain. It is a family event and free to attend.
Check out the Facebook Page for more information!

This year, as we have done every year for the past nine years, there will be a variety of entertainment displaying the talents from both the local and newcomer community, including music, food, craft and community organizations.

The festival will feature a concert organized by Radio RIAC to provide an opportunity for newcomers to experience Newfoundland’s culture and for Newfoundlanders' to explore their new neighbours’ cultural backgrounds.

For more information, email Bobbi or call 709 754 4122.

Do you want to be part of the 2020 Multicultural Fashion Show?
This year the Creative Sewing Atelier is offering new advanced classes for people who want to create a garment for the Fashion Show!

We are excited to embrace the various cultures that we have here at PARTAKES and in our community!

The 2020 Multicultural Fashion Show will feature garments which showcase your culture.

Click the link below for more detailed information and to register. Complete Form
CONTACT US : PARTAKES is currently facing technical issues, please send all inquiries regarding the Creative Sewing Atelier to this temporary e-mail:  

PARTAKES’ Our Art Gallery is proud to announce ...

Our upcoming art show fundraiser: Here from Away.
Join us on  August 24th  to view a collection of pieces by artists from around the world and those closer to home.

This event aims to share the Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council's (RIAC) inclusive community they've created and celebrate culture from near and far. 

If you are an artist or you know an artist, this is a great chance to display and sell your art to the public. We are currently calling for artists to submit their work to be considered for this art show, we will accept artwork in any medium. We don’t require a specific commission. It is totally up to you, it could be 0% and could be 100%.
Come and enjoy our collection!
Call us at 709-754-4122 or send us an e-mail to Our Art Gallery Coordinator:  

Radio RIAC - Call for Interviews!
The Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council has a Radio program and we aim to collect and share the stories of all kinds of people from around the community. Would you like to be on the radio? If so please contact us at !

We record at Memorial University's CHMR Radio Studio on Wednesday afternoons, and welcome folks to come in and talk with us! We'd love to chat with you about a variety of topics, from food to music to even your own life story, there's a story from everyone that we'd love to share. We facilitate a safe, casual space for everyone who comes to the studio, and try our best to accommodate the varying needs of everyone.

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 or 709-722-2643
Genesis’ Start-up Visa Program (SUV)

Aims to bring skilled immigrant entrepreneurs and their families to Canada.

Such a program is designed to increase the number of foreign-founded technology start-ups in the country and make a positive economic impact.

As the only designated organization for SUV in the province, start-ups applying to the program will have to fulfill Genesis’ requirements for the Enterprise program.

Interested parties can apply at
Connector NL
The St. John’s Connector Program is an effective networking program that helps local businesses and organizations connect with immigrants, international students and graduates who are interested in starting and growing their career in St. John’s.

Through one-on-one meetings, local business and community leaders known as Connectors meet with talent interested in opportunities in St. John’s. The Connector gains access to a wealth of diverse, pre-qualified talent and Connectees gain insight into their professional network, and connect with career opportunities.

For More Info : Connector NL
“TeamGrowNL​ is an initiative that aims to help local businesses meet their human resources needs, if not available locally, through existing immigration programming in Newfoundland and Labrador and Atlantic Canada, as well as expatriate Newfoundland and Labradorians living abroad.” Visit TeamGrowNL for more Information!
Association for New Canadians

News and Updates

Loans for Credentials recognition:
The Atlantic Immigrant Career Loan Fund (AICLF) helps internationally trained immigrants in Atlantic Canada overcome the financial barriers blocking their entry into the workforce in their fields.

Funded by the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program, AICLF allows newcomers in fields such as project management and trades to borrow money to pay for training/programs, exams, fees for language tests, application fees, etc. in professions not eligible for student loan funding.

The partner organization in Newfoundland and Labrador is the Association for New Canadians. Contact the ANC’s employment division (AXIS) by phone (709-579-1780) or e-mail ( ) to find out more.

Free evening ESL classes will resume in September. For information contact the school; phone 709-726-6848 or email

Programs and Initiatives: School Supply Donations Needed
The Association for New Canadians’ Settlement Workers in the Schools team has an ongoing need for school supplies for newly-arrived students. The SWIS team is happy to accept any donations of pencils, pens, paper, notebooks, backpacks – anything a student would need starting out.
Contact for information, or feel free to bring donations to our office at 144 Military Road.

Global Eats is Ready to Serve

The Association for New Canadians’ latest training initiative is a tasty addition to the St. John’s food scene. Global Eats is the public face of a program that gives former refugees the language and skills they need to work in Canadian restaurants.

After months of language and culinary training at Academy Canada, the 11 students moved to a prep kitchen, collaborated on a menu, and are now working to prepare and serve a multi-cultural menu from the colourful truck. Everything is made in-house: from pickles and lemonades to sauces and breads.

Global Eats will (usually) be open for lunch in the parking lot of St. David’s Church, 98 Elizabeth Avenue, from Wednesday through Saturday, but check the Facebook page for daily updates. Go to Facebook: ANC Global Eats. You’ll also see it at some local events, including the Royal St. John’s Regatta.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Francophone Economic Development Network ( RDÉE TNL ) is pleased to announce the arrival of Mr. Régis Guyot as their new Economic Immigration Officer.
Régis grew up totally immersed in international environments and quickly became passionate about traveling and multicultural settings.
After studying business and international relations in the United States, France and Sweden, he became a Commercial Counselor for the French Embassy in the US and helped French companies to export their products and create Franco-American partnerships.
He later became Commercial Director and Branch Operations Director for various hotel chains in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, and actively participated in the economic development of the Dominican Province of El Seibo.
Régis is delighted to be participating in the economic development and employability of Francophone communities of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Feel free to contact Regis by email at or by phone at (709) 757-2861 to welcome him!
Cultural Connections and Programs

Newfoundland Movie Club in collaboration with Edmonton Movie Club

endeavours to bring Indian cinema to ScotiaBank Cinema in various languages

to the residents of Newfoundland. We believe that cinema bridges gaps,

increases inclusion and supports the mental health of those who are far

away from their friends and family. Click to LIKE FB Group so you can stay

apprised of what movies and when!
Speaking to Understand: The Conversation Circle

Strives to encourage engagement, friendship and belonging, by creating opportunities in the community for those to interact in pleasant environments, where by conversation can be had in the comfort of an organized walk or hike to art exhibit or playground and everything in between - where getting to know each other - is as much fun as the activity! All Are Welcome!
 Community Partners Seek: Engagement and Participants
Nabila Qureshi, an M.Sc. research student in Community Health, is seeking eligible participants for her research project.

In her study, she is interested in exploring refugee youth's experiences with early re-settlement in St. John's. The study intends to explore the sorts of challenges 18 to 24 year olds face during their first 3 years here, and how they cope.

If you know someone who may want to participate, or interested are yourself, contact:   

Refer to poster for more information and ways to get in touch with Nabila.


YWCA St. John's

YWCA’s new project, Immigrant Women’s Leadership & Empowerment Mentorship is funded through the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism in the department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour.

The overall goal of the project is to provide skill-development and capacity-building opportunities among newcomer women from planning to research to action. In addition, the project will be an opportunity for YWCA and community partners to work together on the creation of a symposium, as well as conduct community-based research that will inform the development of strategies to support newcomer women’s economic self-sufficiency and successful labour market participation. The project will explore the barriers to labour market integration experienced by newcomer women, and identify strategies to overcome the barriers and lead to economic self-sufficiency.

YWCA St. John’s with the help of Peer Researchers with lived experience, will be producing a report on the experience of newcomer/immigrant women within the labour market.

We are currently recruiting newcomer/immigrant women, who are interested in being part of the research. We will be hosting focus groups and conducting informal interviews. For more information about the project or to get involved please contact Kyekue at or (709) 726 4144. Thank you. Please share widely.
Paul Reynold's Community Garden

There are several community garden beds available for residents of St. John’s. Garden beds can be rented from the City of St. John’s for FREE —Interested gardeners can connect with the City of St. John’s Healthy Communities to learn more about the application process.

Contact: or 709- 576-8628
Learning Opportunities
Continue Your Education in Settlement Work for FREE

The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) offers these free online courses to help you build your skills in serving newcomers. Click the logo for more details.

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 will now be sending out a monthly newsletter, so please send your September updates by Aug 28th!

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. We are especially looking for volunteers for our: Health and Basic Needs Group, Right Now!

Contact for more information or to get involved.

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