St. John's LIP Newsletter: July 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 6 times a year that includes the following information:

  • What's New at the St. John's LIP
  • Partners' News and Updates
  • Cultural Connections, Events and Programs
  • Research Initiatives and Volunteer Opportunities
  • Get Involved with SJLIP
What's new at the St. John's LIP 
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
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
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.

Evening ESL classes
Free evening ESL classes continue at the Association or New Canadians’ ESL Learning Centre, 148 Elizabeth Avenue, Tuesdays until July 9, and will resume in September. For information contact the school; phone 709-726-6848 or email

Programs and Initiatives
  School supply donations
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.
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
Canada Day 2019!

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!
Now open every Wednesday from 4:30pm - 9:00pm at the St, John's Farmers Market on 245 Freshwater Rd, St. John's. Featuring Farmers' Market Food and Craft Vendors and MORE. 50/50 Draws and Raffle Prizes. Fair Trade Coffee and Tea. Come on over with your family and friends and enjoy local and international food and shop for unique craft and gift items. Ideal event for mid-week evening outings.


A Family Friendly and Community Multicultural Event.
Featuring Evening Concert by

JUNO Award and Latin Grammy Award Winner ALEX CUBA on Friday, July 5 at 7 pm

Tickets available at Arts & Culture Centre Box Office: 709-729-3900)

Multicultural Workshops on Saturday, July 6, 11:30 am - 4 pm.

Multicultural Food & Craft Fair and Multicultural Variety Concert on Sunday, July 7, 12 noon - 5 pm

CLICK festival poster to go to FB
RIAC + the Market Family + Parks Canada are Proud to present “Food Fair on the Hill” on Saturday July 13th, 11am – 4pm at Signal Hill Visitor Center (Where the chocolate company is, between the Geo Center and Signal Hill). Celebrating National Historic Day, we will have a variety of international and local food, live music and family activities on sight. Visit the Facebook Page for More Info
 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.
Registration for YWCA’s Young Women’s Leadership Program is now open.

While YWCA St. John's recognizes that young women and non-binary youth are already doing good in their communities, we strongly believe they have the potential to do even more! As a means to address the under-representation of women and non-binary folks in power positions, the Young Women's Leadership Program (YWLP) focuses on equipping participants with the required tools to exercise their leadership abilities confidently!

This program is for young women and non-binary youth between the ages of 15 and 18. Throughout the two-day training, you will have the chance to build on your leadership skills, network with like-minded peers, and gain insight and confidence in your leadership abilities. Together, we will explore and build on our self-awareness, basic facilitation skills, building group dynamics, conflict resolution skills, and how we can all contribute to creating safe spaces. We will even have time to practice these skills by working together to co-facilitate four short, pre-developed workshops.

The two-day training is FREE and will take place on Tuesday, July 16th and Wednesday, July 17th at the NL Housing and Homelessness Network (77 Charter Avenue). This space is accessible. Snacks and lunch will be provided on both days.

Interested in joining but don't have access to transportation? Please reach out - while we have limited resources, we will do our best to make sure you are able to attend the program.

Registration will close at the end of the day on July 5th, 2019. Please complete the form found HERE!
Volunteer Opportunity with PLIAN
Do you have an interest in the justice system, or a future career in law? PLIAN is looking for a volunteer to help run our 2019 Youth Justice Camp.
The camp will run in St. John’s from   July 31-August 2

Please complete and submit the application form before July 15 th .
If you have any questions you can reach our office at 722-2643, or contact our Coordinator at

Volunteer must be 18+ and be able to provide a criminal record and vulnerable sector check. The successful applicant will receive a reference letter to reflect their 24-hours of volunteer work.

Application can be found online at:   Justice Camp Volunteer Application
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.

Academy Canada:
Another Engaged Partner!

Contact Katie: 709 722 9151

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 August updates by July 29th!

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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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