St. John's LIP Newsletter, March/April 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
  • News and Updates
  • Upcoming Events
  • Programs and Initiatives
  • Get Involved  
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 announce a new interactive, online and mobile-friendly services map to help newcomers easily find and access existing programs and services.

The new online service  will support newcomers engage in economic, social and cultural life in the City and facilitate successful integration by making it easier for them to navigate the range of programs and services available.

Features include a robust search function for programs and services by field in alignment with the priority areas of the LIP and its four Working Groups: Education and Training, Health and Basic Needs, Employment and Labour Needs, and Welcoming Communities and Social Connections. Location maps, directions and transportation options are also provided.

With the support of L a Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrado r we now have a French version of the site.

This initiative was made possible through financial support for the City of St. John's, the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

Check out the site at
News and Updates
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
YMCA Conversation Café

The YMCA has a new ESL Café at the Ches Penney Family YMCA (35 Ridge Road) every Wednesday evening, from 5:30pm-7:00pm, where newcomers are welcome to relax with a cup of coffee / tea, and chat or participate in activities designed to help them become comfortable with English.

The program aims to provide a sense of community and companionship to those new to the region, and ease the transition of being in a foreign land with a foreign language.

For more information on this program, please contact Maria Mulcahy at .
Upcoming Events for March and April:
Multiculturalism Week, Panels, Workshops & MORE!
33 rd Multicultural Show: Holy Heart Theatre, March 5 th 7:15pm to 10:15pm
Presented by MUN’s International Student Resource Centre
Have you ever attended a conference in a TED Talk like style? On Friday March 8 th
to celebrate International Women’s Day , a bilingual event open to the public will take place at 5:45pm at the Francophone Community Centre on Ridge Rd (65 Ridge Rd). During this event, 4 women will share their knowledge and experiences on highly inspiring topics. Free snacks and beverages will be offered. For more details, please check EventBrite FREE tickets.  Please feel free to contact us at or 709 800 6590. 

YWCA: Opportunity Knocks! Exploring Solutions to Career and Employment Challenges Facing Women of Diverse Cultural and Racial Backgrounds in Newfoundland and Labrador. March 13 th  9am to 3:30pm
The day will be an exciting chance to explore strategies to develop employment and mentorship opportunities, as well as support the entrepreneurial activities of immigrant women.

Sharing Our Cultures: Celebrates 20 Years at The Rooms
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2019 | 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m
THURSDAY, MARCH 21 & FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2019 | 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m
Come be part of a vibrant event that is celebrating 20 years of Sharing Culture!

March 27 and 28, 2019, Memorial University (MUN) is proud to be co-hosting a pan-Canadian Families in Canada Conference 2019 satellite event.
In collaboration with the Vanier Institute of the Family and fellow university partners across Canada, MUN will explore themes and topics related to families and mobility.

Multiculturism Fashion Show: March 29, 2019 at The Rooms 7pm
RSVP by March 15: Nehal or 709 754 4122
FREE: Over 20 Nationalities of Fashion and Flare!
Wear all black, and a little something that shows off your own place of origin.
The Harris Centre: Synergy Session – Friday, March 29, 2019 from 3:00P to 4:30P
Come From Away and Stay: Stories of Newcomers Making Rural NL Home
Increasing immigration is often touted as a key to addressing our population challenges, but the retention of newcomers is seen as a big challenge for rural areas. Join us for a presentation and discussion with journalist Kelly Toughill on her report and the conversations she had with people choosing to make rural Newfoundland and Labrador home. Register Here

NL Atlantic Immigration Summit: April 18 & 18, 2019
Arts & Culture (reception/performance) & The Sheraton (round table)
The Atlantic Immigration Summit is an outcome-oriented event series designed to engage people across sectors for a provocative dialogue and exchange on immigration. The summits focus on innovative, practical, and actionable solutions to strengthen Atlantic Canada’s immigration system and improve economic performance with a focus on building inclusive communities. St. John's Board of Trade for Tix
Programs and Initiatives
Association for New Canadians
March 2019
Association for New Canadians

News and Updates
Farm group
A research project at the Association for New Canadians is matching the farming experience of former refugees with the increasing need for food workers in their new home.

“The agriculture sector’s goal in the province’s The Way Forward Plan is to double food production by 2020. This projected growth means an increase in the requirements for a labour market with the right skills at the time in the right place,” says Sharon McLennon, Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Workforce Innovation Centre.

New look for
The Association for New Canadians marks 40 years of community service this year. The ANC recently launched a new, more functional website; visitors can now more easily find information about ANC programs, events, and people. Let us know what you think: #


Conversation Circle at the Library
March 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm (Also March 27, April 17)
Join members from the Association for New Canadians at the A.C. Hunter Library to practice your conversation skills, make new friends, and enjoy an evening in the library! New Canadians, international students, and anyone interested in conversational skills welcome! Reserve your space by calling 737-3950 to register.

ANC Volunteer Orientation
March 19 @ 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Also April 25)
The Association for New Canadians welcomes new volunteers. We have opportunities that range from helping at a breakfast program to being a conversational partner and helping kids with their homework.
To find out more, and/or to register for an orientation,
contact the ANC Volunteer co-ordinator: or 722-9680.

Global Tour
March 20 @ noon – 2 p.m.
ESL students at the Association for New Canadians invite you to their Global Tour in celebration of Multiculturalism Week. Come join us for entertainment, a fashion show, food, displays and more to be announced! No admission fee.
Event takes place at the Pius X Parish Hall, Smithville Crescent.

Home Video Launch
March 21 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Join the Association for New Canadians at the MUN Bruneau Centre for the launch of Home: Stories of Newcomers to Newfoundland and Labrador, a new video highlighting the experiences of newcomers to our province. The video will be followed by a panel discussion on immigrant experience. Light refreshments will be provided; free

Business Roundtables
The Association for New Canadians has been hosting a series of Business Roundtables in the province. Focusing on lessons learned in the tourism and natural resource industries, these sessions share current best practices in diversity and inclusion while also exploring how they can be used to retain new staff and deliver world-class customer service.
The St. John’s roundtable will be March 29, 9-11 a.m. at the Jag Hotel. For information and to reserve your spot, register: Register Here or email

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.
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 for more information or to get involved.

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