St. John's LIP Newsletter: May/June 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 + Funding Opportunity
  • 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 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

Atlantic Immigration Summit: St. John's, NL

Recently the St. John's LIP participated as Roundtable Leader at The Atlantic Immigration Summit , where many community partners and residents from diverse backgrounds and fields, participated in a conversation fostered through a workshop-style collaboration explored via Story and Themes; determining both the challenges and commonalities to best understand How to Support Newcomers and Immigrants, while strengthening St. John's capacity to both attract and retain.

We look forward to having access to the compilation report that is to come this summer and building on that narrative so we can participate and lead in Best Practices.
Partners: 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

NEXT Presentation: MUN International Students on “Family Law and Parenting in Canada” on May 7 th 10:00am-12:30pm at the Internationalization Office Social Room, Corte Real, CA2002. It’s open to spouses/partners and families of international students.
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

See upcoming EVENT with ImpackHub: Pitch to the Puffins May 16, 2019

Radio RIAC is celebrating its 1 year anniversary!

It's been a phenomenal journey. With the help of the R efugee Immigrant Advisory Council (RIAC) and the CHMR radio station at MUN , we have interviewed over 160 guests on topics related to music, visual and spoken art, personal stories, entrepreneurship, cultural music and food, local events, and much more!

Come and join us at THE ROOMS on MAY 18. The folks there have graciously decided to host us and we're ecstatic to hold our event in their super fancy hall (which we think is no less than the Ministry of Magic).
Admission is FREE.

If you wish to perform that day, contact us as soon as possible! You are more than welcome to set the stage on fire, but please let us know by May 10! And email us at:

Is there anything you would LOVE to see that day? Tell us how your mind works and share your ideas. Our show is a community-based and community-engaged initiative, and guess what? Ya'll are part of THAT COMMUNITY!
Association for New Canadians

May and June 2019
Association for New Canadians

News and Updates
You can vote for the ANC!
The Association for New Canadians is proud to have been nominated as Top Settlement Agency in Canada as part of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards. The ANC is the only agency nominated from this province; we’re asking for your support.
Cast your vote online at . Voting closes May 16. There's one vote per e-mail address, so please make yours count!
Upcoming Events
ESL Evening Classes
The Association for New Canadians offers free English as a Second Language sessions every Tuesday at the ESL Training Centre, 148 Elizabeth Avenue (enter off Smithville Crescent) from 7-9 p.m.
All levels of English learners are welcome. For more information, e-mail .

ANC Volunteer Orientation
May 21 @ 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Also June 18)
The Association for New Canadians welcomes new volunteers. We have meaningful 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.

World Refugee Day and Week
On June 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. everyone is invited to the Association for New Canadians’ English as a Second Language Training Centre for an open house. This is your opportunity to meet the students as well as participating in and observing cultural activities. The afternoon will include cultural dances and songs.
The Association for New Canadians will also present a photo exhibit at City Hall on June 20, World Refugee Day.

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.

Request for sports equipment
Every year at the annual Sports Day, the Association for New Canadians distributes gently-used and new sports equipment (including footwear) to our clients. Equipment for any sport, for use by any age, is appreciated.
Contact for information, or feel free to bring donations to our office at 144 Military Road.
St. John's Farmer's Market and We Care Foundation NL
in Support of the International Bazaar - Every Wednesday

now open every Wednesday from 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm at the St, John's Farmers Market on 245 Freshwater Rd, St. John's. Featuring many 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.

Cultural Connections and Programs

Celebrate the end of Ramadan with us at the Children's Library!

Stories, Henna applications, and more.

All ages welcome.

Saturday, June 1st at 2:30 pm.

Call 737-3953 to register.

Space is limited.




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!
Speaking of Movies ... click the poster for more details of the screening: SALAAM B'Y
Or Explore Brazil and Dine at ...
boca's own : Chef Bruno will be mastering the kitchen and serving contemporary Brazilian cuisine all evening, May 15 @5pm.

About Bruno: Brazilian Cook and Chef with 8 years of experience, Bruno's first work in cuisine was with an Italian bistro in São Paulo.

Some years later, in Belo Horizonte, Bruno served as Sous Chef at Trindade restaurant and participated in several gastronomic events in Brazil.

Bruno has worked as cook at Lasai, a famous Brazilian Michelin star restaurant - as one of the 50 Best restaurants in the world.

For reservations, please call us at 709 237 2622 or visit HERE
 RESEARCHERS Looking for 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.
Funding + Learning Opportunity
The purpose of the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation Member Southern Speakers Symposium Fund is to provide opportunities for Southern partners to dialogue with Atlantic Canadians on issues and demonstrate impact of efforts in international cooperation.

ACIC will make funds available to support the participation of international guests to the region to speak at ACIC’s annual symposium from Oct. 3rd & 4th in St. John’s, NL. Funds can be used for both international as well as regional travel costs. The ACIC member will be responsible for organizing travel logistics and providing funds for the speaker. Please note, however, that meals and accommodation during the symposium will be covered by ACIC. ACIC would be pleased to provide accompanying letters of support where required for travel visas.

Up to $3,000 is available to help cover travel costs associated with having the Southern partner visit Atlantic Canada.

ACIC member applicants are encouraged to consider how the individual’s background and area of work pertain to the overall theme of the symposium. Please note, however, that there are many intersecting issues arising from the theme that we have chosen which will attract broad-based participation as well as a spectrum of contributing expertise.
Though not a requirement, consideration will be given to the value added to the ACIC member’s work or additional public engagement opportunities that may exist in conjunction with the speaker’s participation in the ACIC symposium.

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.

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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!

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