St. John's LIP Newsletter: December 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
  • Festive Gatherings
  • Community Engagement
  • 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 or edited!
Partners: News, Updates and Introductions

The Community-at-Large has lost an amazing partner, and, the void will be hard to fill. ThankYOU RIAC for being present to so many people in need in St. John's, and for adding so much texture to our culture and city by empowering others to share theirs. We wish all the wonderful staff and volunteers many opportunities ahead to do what they do Best. #stayintouch

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
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 or visit:

BOT has developed three immigration story videos. The videos are available here: and Youtube channel:  

For More Info: Connector NL
Association for New Canadians

News and Updates

Free English classes

The Association for New Canadians offers free English as a Second Language classes on Tuesday evenings at the ESL Training Centre, 148 Elizabeth Avenue, off Smithville Crescent. All are welcome; for more information or to register, phone 709-726-6848. NOTE: There will be a break in classes over the holiday season, but Tuesday evening classes will recommence in January.

CELPIP and CAEL Testing

The ANC is registered with Paragon Testing Enterprises as the only Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) Testing Centre in Newfoundland and Labrador. CELPIP Testing is administered monthly at the ESL Training Centre in St. John’s. Note that this session is general testing.
You must register in advance to take any test. For more information, or to register, visit  

Conversation Circle
Will resume in the new year.

Holiday Gatherings Make for Great Connections, Community Building, and Wonderful Memory-Making
Multicultural Women’s Organization of Newfoundland and Labrador (MWONL), cordially invites you to celebrate HOLIDAY SEASON and CHRISTMAS PARTY on Friday, December 13, 2019, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at St. David's Presbyterian Church, 98 Elizabeth Avenue.

We are organizing this event partnering with the MUN Indian Youth Association. The event will include music, dance, entertainment, performances from different countries, a visit from Santa and loot bags for kids.
F eel free to bring a seasonal treat (finger food) to share.

We hope to see you in our event. Please see attached invitation and RSVP to by December 6 th 2019.

MUN's Internationalization Office Invites YOU to Invite an International Student to Dinner for The Holidays
City of St. John’s New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Join us for a full day of FREE activities to ring in the New Year. 
We have restructured our annual New Year’s Eve celebrations to be more inclusive to all ages. 
In addition to our annual skating party at the Loop and our countdown
celebration, the new and exciting schedule includes daytime family fun at Paul
Reynolds Centre and an earlier fireworks display.

For those who look forward to a celebration at midnight, the George Street Association will be hosting an all-ages countdown celebration and pyrotechnics show on George Street at midnight.

The City’s media partner NTV plans to rebroadcast the fireworks at midnight during their popular New Year’s Eve broadcast show.
New Year’s Eve Celebration Schedule :
9-11 a.m. Gym & Swim, Paul Reynolds Community Centre
5-7 p.m. Skating Party at The Loop, Bannerman Park
7-8 p.m. Countdown Celebration at Quidi Vidi Lake, Carnell Drive
8 p.m. Fireworks over Quidi Vidi Lake
11:30 p.m. Countdown Celebration and midnight pyrotechnics, George Street
 Community Engagement
Are you a high school student?
We invite you to participate in the Sharing Our Cultures™ Program:

·          Acquire volunteer experience and volunteer hours
·          Enhance leadership and employability skills
·          Develop a sense of belonging
·          Interact with youth from diverse cultural backgrounds
·          Gain cross-cultural understanding
·          Meet new friends

(709) 726-1504
At Home in the Kitchen:
Access to Culturally Diverse Food and Ingredients Project

Over the next five 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 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 your January updates by December 23, 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 for more information or to get involved.

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