St. John's LIP Newsletter, February/March 2018
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 6 times a year that includes the following information:
  • What's New at the St. John's LIP
  • News and Updates
  • Upcoming Events
  • Programs and Initiatives
  • Get Involved  
What's new at the St. John's LIP 
T he LIP has a new Partnership Council!

We welcome all new members and those returning for a second term.

Multiculturalism Week 2018

This year the province will celebrate Multiculturalism Week during the week of March 18th-24th.

The City of St. John's is helping to shine the spotlight on some recent community initiatives that promote multiculturalism in the City.

Stay tuned for a full schedule of events.


Newcomer Service Map

The St. John's LIP has received funding through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the Department of Advanced Education Skills and Labour and the City of St. John's to create an interactive, online and mobile-friendly services map to help newcomers easily find and access existing programs and services.

Using this tool newcomers will be able to search under fields such as, l anguage training, health services, religious institutions, cultural groups, employment services, entrepreneurship services, voluntary organizations, and recreational programs and activities.

The tool will also:

  • Allow the user to tailor search criteria to include individual characteristics and eligibility requirements
  • Provide information about the service and service provider, including contact information, whether it is a paid or free service, etc.
  • Provide location on a map, directions and transportation options.

The project will be completed by end of March with a launch event in the Spring.
Tales from Afar Launch Event, Thursday March 22nd
The St. John’s Local Immigration Partnership and the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (HFNL) are collaborating on a project to collect and share the diversity of oral traditions that exist within the region, and to create a showcase of traditional stories and folktales from around the world.

Over the past several months the HFNL has been collecting folktales, legends, myths, stories of saints and miracles, ghost stories, fables, or traditional children’s tales -- any story that has been passed down by word of mouth.The project will culminate in a published booklet and public launch event at City Hall on Thursday, March 22nd as part of Multiculturalism Week.
News and Updates
Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism, Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, Government of NL
2018 Diversity Calendar

Recognizing cultural events and holidays supports increased awareness of diversity in our province and can help all our residents feel welcome in communities throughout the province.
The Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism has developed a diversity calendar to promote various cultural holidays and events, in response to input from communities, libraries, employers, schools, and other stakeholders interested in organizing multicultural activities.

The diversity calendar will be issued annually, and will feature cultural holidays and events celebrated by various cultural groups living in Newfoundland and Labrador. If you would like to suggest a holiday for inclusion in future editions of the calendar, please e-mail  diversity@gov.nl.ca  for more information.

The calendar can be downloaded here

Provincial Government Establishes Minister’s Roundtable on Immigration

The Provincial Government established a Minister’s Roundtable on Immigration. Led by the Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, the Roundtable on Immigration brings together representatives of various sectors including the business community, labour, the K-12 education system, post-secondary institutions, municipalities, community organizations and service providers. A list of permanent and visiting members is provided in the backgrounder below.
An inaugural meeting of the Roundtable on Immigration will be held on Wednesday, February 7



A Guide to Immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador

The Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour offers a suite of information and promotion cards and brochures to help potential applicants learn more about the programs offered by the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism. Programs administered by the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism are the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program and the Atlantic Immigration Pilot. As part of The Way Forward on Immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador commitments to develop resources to educate partners on their roles in attracting, settling and retaining immigrants, as well as inform and educate employers on immigration programs and processes, the Department has developed a number of resources for employers, applicants, communities and other key stakeholders. For more information, click  here.

Complimentary resources include new Information Cards and Brochures on:
  • Provincial Nominee Program
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
  • Foreign Qualification Recognition
Upcoming Events
Sharing our Cultures: "Music, Dance, Stories"
Sunday, 18 March 2018 at The Rooms
9 Bonaventure Avenue, St. John’s, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Admission: FREE for Sharing Our Cultures
Fees apply for The Rooms Exhibits

In recognition of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Newfoundland and Labrador’s Multiculturalism Week.


Information: Lloydetta Quaicoe (709) 726-1504 • lloydetta@sharingourcultures.com @sharingcultures
The Business Case for Diversity
Join the ANC on Tuesday, February 13 for a workshop on The Business Case for Diversity. This workshop is the first in a series of four that make up the Association for New Canadians’ business-focused Cultural Competency Toolkit. Designed to provide employers with the information they need to take advantage of an increasingly diverse workforce in Newfoundland and Labrador, each workshop includes a set of takeaway resources for participants.
 
Register Here: https://goo.gl/SMkPcg
Multicultural Events
Multicultural Buffet Dinner and Concert

Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018, from 5:30 pm - 9:00pm.
Venue: St. Augustine's Anglican Church Hall.
Featuring:  Local and International Food, Music and Dance and Fashion Show.
Ticket Prices: $25 ($20 for seniors, $10 for kids 10 - 6 yrs old, free for kids 4 yrs old & younger).

Spring International Food and Craft Fair

Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018, from 12:30 noon - 4:00pm.
Venue: St. Augustine's Anglican Church Hall.
Featuring: Local and International Food and Craft Vendors.
Admission: $2 (free admission for kids 10 yrs old & younger).
We are now accepting application from local and immigrant Food and Craft Vendors. $40 per Table.

Contact: Zainab Jerrett
Tel.: 722-8103 or 753-1931. E-mail: zharuna@warp.nfld.net
Make Midterm Matter
On Wednesday, February 23, Student Life will help students Make Midterm Matter. Occurring each term during midterm break, students spend one day volunteering with community organizations, making a true difference in the lives of others. Students are introduced to their community through one day of community engaged learning and service, and are encouraged to reflect on what community means to them.
 
At over eleven volunteer locations, students will work, communicate and problem-solve in small teams, and learn about the challenges and opportunities particular to each organization. Students will reflect on how their university experiences can contribute to social responsibility, and how they might create change through action.
 
For further information or to partner with Student Life to #MakeMidtermMatter, contact Dr. Shannon Lewis-Simpson, smlewis@mun.ca
Programs and Initiatives
Music, Media and Place: Neighbours Project
The Neighbours Project: is a Phone App of Narratives and Interviews from Cultural Communities in and around St. John’s, Produced by Dr. Meghan Forsyth and Dr. Beverley Diamond.
The the app enables users to take a walking tour of downtown St. John’s and Middle Cove Beach to hear stories associated with individual locations. It is available free for download from the App Store and from Google Play.

A propmotional can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pFS8Ag7_gI
Réseau immigration francophone de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador
COMPAS Immigration
Découvrez le tout nouveau service provincial d’accueil et de soutien en immigration francophone de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador ! 
L’équipe du COMPAS est prête à vous soutenir dans vos démarches vers une intégration réussie. Ne ratez pas l’inauguration du premier service d’établissement francophone provincial qui aura lieu le 15 mars 2018 au Centre scolaire et communautaire des Grands-Vents, au 65 Ridge Rd, à Saint-Jean. Restez à l’affut des activités sociales et culturelles, des sessions d’orientation et d’information, des cafés-rencontres et bien d’autres!
Et suivez l’actualité de COMPAS sur Facebook et Twitter au VIVREaTNL .

Immigration COMPAS
Discover the brand new provincial welcome and support service in French for Francophone newcomers of Newfoundland and Labrador!
The COMPAS team is ready to support you through the steps toward successful integration. Do not miss the inauguration of the first provincial settlement service in French, which will take place on March 15 , 2018, at the Centre scolaire et communautaire des Grands-Vents at 65 Ridge Rd in St. John’s. Stay tuned for social and cultural activities, orientation and information sessions, coffee meet-ups and much more!
And follow COMPAS news on Facebook and Twitter at VIVREaTNL .
Programs and Services for Newcomers
Evening ESL Classes – The ANC is delivering Evening ESL Classes at the ESL Training Centre on Smithville Crescent in St. John's - every Tuesday from 7-9 pm. During the Winter Semester, the classes will be available in 3 different levels: Beginner/Intermediate, Advanced, and Pronunciation.
 
Outreach ESL Tutor Program – Are you a Permanent Resident, Canadian Citizen, or Provincial Nominee living outside the St. John’s area looking for ESL training? Contact us today at (709) 579-9172 or research@nfld.net to enroll in our Outreach ESL Tutor Program!
 
LINC Home Study Program – This distance ESL program is offered to eligible newcomers who wish to improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English. For more information, contact Marlene at (709) 726-6848 or linc@nfld.net
 
CELPIP and CAEL Assessments – The ANC is registered with Paragon Testing Enterprises as an Official Testing Centre for the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) and Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessments. For more information, please contact Marlene at (709) 726-6848 or linc@nfld.net
How Inclusive is my City? Try the My City of Migration Diagnostic Tool
Take the pulse of your city with MyCOM, the My City of Migration Diagnostic. MyCOM is a modular tool designed to help you assess the quality of inclusion in your city: at work, at school, on election day, in health and as a new arrival. Complete the MYCOM Diagnostic to build a profile of your city’s strengths and weaknesses across 10 dimensions of inclusion. How does your city measure up?

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.

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 60 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.johns.ca

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