St. John's LIP Newsletter: January 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
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
A New Year's Resolution for Women
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

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 will start up again Jan. 7 and are open to anyone who is interested.

For more information, or to register phone 726-6848 or e-mail .

The ANC also hosts ESL classes for spouses/partners of MUN students. Please check with the MUN Internationalization Office for details.

Programs and Initiatives
Extension of services

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

If you know of someone looking for advice, please contact Sophia Solomon, the ANC’s Community Settlement/Integration Counsellor, at 709-552-4736 or .

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.

Charity Ball
The Memorial University Engineering Society has named the Association for New Canadians as the beneficiary of their next charity ball. This event goes ahead Jan. 25 at Bally Hall Country Club.
For ticket and/or sponsorship information, please contact

Volunteer opportunity
If you would like to help newcomer children succeed in school, the ANC has a terrific volunteer opportunity for you. Homework Clubs operate one afternoon per week at several schools in St. John’s. We’re particularly seeking people who can tutor math or sciences, but all are welcome. Contact to see how you can get involved.

School supply donations
The Association for New Canadians’ schools team has an ongoing need for school supplies for newly-arrived students. The Child and Youth Programs 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.

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 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 .
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.  

Genesis’ winter  Evolution  cohort is starting up in January!

This 8-week program challenges entrepreneurs to engage customers and validate their tech business idea. If you're ready, apply today at:

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!

Bring in the New Year with friends, family & community
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 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 February updates by January 27, 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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