St. John's LIP Newsletter, February, 2017 
The St. John’s Local Immigration Partnership is a broad-based partnership designed to support the participation and wellbeing 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 have decided to create a newsletter to be distributed 6 times a year and will include the following information:
  • What's New at the St. John's LIP
  • News and Updates
  • Upcoming Events
  • Programs and Initiatives
  • Spotlight Stories
  • Research
  • Get Involved   
What's new at the St. John's LIP
Register for the 2017 LIP Community Forum

Thursday, March 2nd  
9:00am-4:00pm (registration at 8:30am)
Foran-Greene Room, St. John's City Hall
Free admission Lunch is provided  

On Tursday March 2nd, 2017, you’re invited to share in the annual Local Immigration Partnership Community Forum at St. John’s City Hall.

This day-long series of workshops will provide opportunities to learn more about immigration to the city, how to promote diversity in your organization, and a chance to network and share with others seeking to create a welcoming community for all newcomers in St. John’s. Participants will leave with practical tools and information in the thematic areas of health, education, and promoting welcoming communities and social connections.  

Please register for the LIP Community Forum here. The deadline for registration is Thursday, February 23rd.

Hiring Newcomers: Employer Information Session  
Event details:
Friday, March 3rd 8:30am-10:30am 
Foran-Greene Room, St. John's City Hall
Free admission  

On Friday, March 3rd, in conjunction with the LIP Community Forum, the St. John’s LIP and the St. John’s Board of Trade will co-host an Employer Information Session, which will showcase local success stories and offer a Q&A session with Sean Morency, Employer Liaison Officer with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Click here for more information and to register for the Employer Information Session. 

Both events are free of charge and open to the public. For more information contact
News and Updates

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program for Employers Officially Announced

Starting in early March, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will begin accepting permanent resident applications for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot programs. In 2017, a total of up to 2000 applications, which include the skilled worker and any family member coming with them, will be accepted for these programs.

For more information:

Statement from Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism

Backgrounder - Government of Canada  

Upcoming Events
Sharing our Cultures 2016 - 2017

Official Opening Ceremony:
Sunday March 19, 2017 
1:00-4:00 pm
Free (Fees apply for The Rooms’ Exhibits)

School Events (Grade 6 students): March 20-21, 2017

Time: SESSION 1: 9:15-11 am; SESSION 2: 12:15-2:00 pm

Admission: FREE – Online Registration at

Sharing Our Cultures events are held in recognition of the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21) and Newfoundland and Labrador’s Multiculturalism Week. This year’s theme is in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

The Sharing Our Cultures program is FREE and offered to high school students interested in sharing their cultures in a public forum at The Rooms in March and in rural communities in May. 

Cultural Con‘txt’ is a collection of experiential stories and drawings with explanations, in English and French, by and for Grade 6 students in the province. We ask teachers to encourage their students to share their literary and artistic talents. Submissions are accepted throughout the year. Deadlines for publication are October 31 and February 28. Published stories and drawings are showcased during the Sharing Our Cultures urban event in March and rural event in May.

For more information go  to or contact
Conversation Café 

For English Learners Everyone welcome - An opportunity to practice English!

When: Wednesdays, January 25th to May 10th
Time: 6:45pm-8:00 pm
Where: 1 Escasoni Place, St. John’s, NL Bethesda Pentecostal Church - Multipurpose Room 
Refreshments and Childcare provided!  

Business Diversity Roundtables – The ANC is hosting a pair of Business Diversity Roundtables in Clarenville on February 8 and 15. Our February 8 event is at capacity, but you can still join a waitlist. Get your seats for February 15 by visiting this ink:  

Evening ESL Classes – The ANC is offering Evening ESL Classes at our ESL Training Centre every Tuesday from 7-9 pm. The classes are available in 4 different levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Pronunciation. For more information, please contact Marlene at (709) 726-6848 or  

Mother/Baby Program – The ANC is offering a Mother and Baby Program every Wednesday for newcomer stay-at-home mothers. If you are a stay-at-home mom and would like to participate in this program, please contact Raya at (709) 722-9680 or  

Computer Support Class – The ANC is offering a weekly Computer Support Class for newcomer young adults every Wednesday from 2-3:30 in the Computer Lab of our ESL Training Centre. Please contact Meghan at (709) 722-2828 or for more information.  

CELPIP Testing – We're offering monthly Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) Testing at our ESL Training Centre. The next date for testing is Saturday, February 11. For more information, please contact Marlene at (709) 726-6848 or  

The ANC is seeking interpreters for Swahili, Kiswahili, and Kirundi. Please contact (709) 722-9680 or for information or to sign-up.  

Volunteer Orientation Session – February 7 from 11am - 12pm at our Main Office (144 Military Road). To register or for more information, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at or (709) 722-9680.

Premier's Task Force on Improving Educational Outcomes

The Provincial government has established a task force to examine the Provincial K-12 education system and will make recommendations to inform an action plan to improve educational outcomes.

The task force will consider:

  • early learning
  • mathematics
  • reading/literacy
  • inclusive education
  • student mental health and wellness
  • multicultural education
  • cooperative education
  • indigenous education
  • teacher education and professional development

The task force will hold a series of on-site consultations in various locations for educators, parents, students and the general public during January and February 2017.

Two consultations will be held in St. John's:

Thursday, February 23, 2017: St. John's (Waterford Valley High School)

Monday, February 27, 2017: St. John's (NLESD District Conference Centre, 40 Strawberry Marsh Road)

You can also contribute online, deadline for submissions is March 20th.

For more information visit

ChillFest 2017: St. John's Winter Festival

On February 17, 18 & 19, 2017, the City of St. John's has planned 3 days of FREE action packed winter events. Check our website and social media feeds in mid-January as more details become available, but some of what’s on offer includes...

Sweet Heart Skate, the Loop, Bannerman Park 
Snow Play & Sliding Party, Bowring Park
All Ages Kitchen Party, Johnson Geo Centre
Disco DJ Skating Party, The Loop
Chilly Fun Walk/Run, Bowring Par

Kids MegaPlay, Paul Reynolds Centre
Free Ski & Snowshoe Rentals, Pippy Park
Torchlite/ Lantern Parade, Bowring Park

Click here for more information

Programs and Initiatives
St. John’s Board of Trade Connector Program
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.

Spotlight Story
Réseau immigration francophone Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador - liste de lecture multiculturelle

Dans le cadre de la 4e Semaine nationale de l’immigration francophone (SNIF 2016), les trois bibliothèques communautaires francophones, les bibliothèques publiques de la province (Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries, NLPL) et le Réseau immigration francophone de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador (RIF TNL) ont collaboré pour créer une liste de lecture multiculturelle, comprenant toutes les œuvres de littérature multiculturelle en français de la province!  En préparation pour la SNIF 2016, les bibliothèques de l’Association régionale de la côte Ouest (ARCO), de l’Association communautaire francophone de Saint-Jean (ACFSJ), de l’Association francophone du Labrador (AFL) et les bibliothèques publiques de la province ont fait l’achat de nouveaux livres multiculturels afin d’offrir plus de choix aux lecteurs francophones et francophiles de la province.  Cette initiative de collaboration fut un franc succès!  Le 1er novembre 2016 à Saint-Jean, les enfants de la garderie francophone Les p’tits cerfs-volants ont participé à la lecture de plusieurs contes multiculturels en français.  Le moment du conte à la bibliothèque publique A. C. Hunter fut animé par une bibliothécaire des NLPL, en collaboration avec l’ACFSJ et le RIF TNL.  

Le projet fut financé par la Fédération des communautés francophones et acadiennes du Canada (FCFA) et Immigration, Réfugiés et Citoyenneté Canada.  
Francophone Immigration Network of NL - Multicultural Reading List
For the 4th annual Francophone Immigration Week (SNIF 2016), the three provincial francophone community libraries, the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries (NLPL), and the Francophone Immigration Network of Newfoundland and Labrador (RIF TNL) partnered to put together a reading list of multicultural books in French, comprised of all of the multicultural literary works in French in the province! 
In preparation for the SNIF 2016, the community libraries of the Association régionale de la côte Ouest (ARCO),  the Association communautaire francophone de Saint-Jean (ACFSJ), the Association francophone du Labrador (AFL) and the provincial public libraries purchased new multicultural books in order to offer a greater selection to Francophone and Francophile readers throughout the province.  The initiative was a great success!  On November 1, 2016, in St. John’s, children from the francophone daycare Les p’tits cerfs-volants attended story time where several multicultural French books were read.  The story time was lead by a NLPL librarian at the A.C. Hunter Public Library, and organized in collaboration with the ACFSJ and the RIF TNL.  

The project was possible thanks to funding from the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadiennes du Canada (FCFA) and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.    
Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Cultural and Economic Transformation - Outreach on Economic  Benefits of Immigration 
The Jarislowsky Chair in Cultural and Economic Transformation at Memorial University, Dr. Tony Fang, is dedicated to publishing cutting-edge research on the Canadian and Newfoundland and Labrador economies. Dr. Fang and his team have been especially busy these past few months with projects focused on immigration, an obvious route through which the province can meet, in part, its goal of sustainable population growth. Part of this work is disseminating their research on the economic benefits of immigration and sharing their findings with the public.

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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 included in the newsletter.

The St. John’s LIP also has many opportunities for you to get involved. The LIP is comprised of over 80 volunteers who participate through involvement on the Partnership Council or on one of the four working groups.

Contact Jessica Barry, LIP Project Officer, for more information at jbarry@st.john'