St. John's LIP Newsletter: October 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 12 times a year that includes the following information:

  • Partners' News and Updates
  • Cultural Connections, Events and Programs
  • Workshops and Community Engagement, Youth Opportunities
  • 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 Introductions

Well Said! English believes that language learners need access to high quality, yet affordable classes to help them meet their language goals. 

This new program is geared towards English as a Second Language students wanting to improve their business language and professional skills for employment searching, in the workplace, and for entrepreneurs! 

Students can access five classes a week for 12 weeks!
Pricing options: $110/month OR $300/semester

To learn more about about the program and the structure, contact !

Radio RIAC - Call for Interviews!
The Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council has a Radio program and we aim to collect and share the stories of all kinds of people from around the community. Would you like to be on the radio? If so please contact us at !

We record at Memorial University's CHMR Radio Studio on Wednesday afternoons, and welcome folks to come in and talk with us! We'd love to chat with you about a variety of topics, from food to music to even your own life story, there's a story from everyone that we'd love to share. We facilitate a safe, casual space for everyone who comes to the studio, and try our best to accommodate the varying needs of everyone.
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
Genesis’ Start-up Visa Program (SUV)

Aims to bring skilled immigrant entrepreneurs and their families to Canada.

Such a program is designed to increase the number of foreign-founded technology start-ups in the country and make a positive economic impact.

As the only designated organization for SUV in the province, start-ups applying to the program will have to fulfill Genesis’ requirements for the Enterprise program.

Interested parties can apply at
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
Superpowers for the Future of Work
A number of major forces have the potential to transform “work as we know it” in Canada - from large scale automation to demographic shifts to immigration to climate change. While the “rest of Canada is booming” as one CBC headline put it, populations on the East Coast are largely in decline. Workers are getting older, young people are moving away, families are shrinking, and immigrants are heading for the big cities. Given these challenges, what superpowers might we develop now for the work of tomorrow?
Join the St. John’s Board of Trade and Hamoon Ekhtiari, CEO of FutureFit AI, on October 29 for a presentation and workshop on How Technology and Labour Diversity Can Build a Future Fit East Coast. Register here!
Keynote: Superpowers for the Future of Work
In this session Hamoon will cover topics related to preparing for the workforce for the future and aligning the necessary stakeholders across business, government, and education.
Workshop: Developing a Future Fit Roadmap for the Workforce
The workshop will bring together interested stakeholders in mapping out a “Future Fit Roadmap” for St. John’s in identifying priority sectors, an evolving employment landscape, up/reskilling needs that may exist in the region, and potential solutions to solve for them. 
“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!

Exciting Opportunity!

The Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism (OIM), as part of its mandate under the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, facilitates opportunities for Newfoundland and Labrador employers to address longstanding workforce shortages and needs through immigration programs, including the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP), and the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIP).

In addressing workforce shortages and needs through immigration, employers can avail of a range of supports from the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism, including assistance in participating in immigration recruitment fairs abroad, where employers can both promote their vacancies, and recruit qualified candidates.

Employers also benefit from one-on-one assistance offered by OIM staff, who can guide successfully recruited candidates through the immigration pathway application process.

Every year, the OIM participates in immigration recruitment fairs, in collaboration with Newfoundland and Labrador employers.

We are excited to announce four upcoming international recruitment missions taking place in Europe in November 2019. 
The first two fairs will be in Birmingham, United Kingdom, (November 2-3) and Dublin, Ireland (November 5) . This will be an Atlantic Canada led mission. It will be a bespoke event for Atlantic Canadian employers where the vendor will promote the vacancies on behalf of the employers in advance of the event and will also work with the employers to set up interviews with prospective candidates who have been pre-screened. 

There is no cost for employers to attend the above two events. OIM will bear the full registration costs for these events. The employers will be responsible for their own accommodation, airfare, and other related expenses.

Next, we have two Destination Canada fairs taking place in Paris, France (November 15-17) and Brussels, Belgium (November 19).

Destination Canada is a Francophone skilled worker recruitment mission. The Canadian Embassy in Paris hosts this event in partnership with the other Canadian provinces and territories, including the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. It offers Canadian employers the opportunity to reach bilingual skilled workers from a variety of sectors who are looking for employment opportunities in Canada.
Employers can post vacancies they are looking to fill on the Destination Canada website even if they are unable to attend the fair in person.

They can register their business and post jobs HERE.

They can also look to recruit through the Francophone Mobility Program, details for which can be found HERE .

There is no cost for employers to attend the above two events. The employers will be responsible for their own accommodation, airfare, and other related expenses.
If you are an employer interested in participating in an immigration recruitment fair, please email .
Association for New Canadians

News and Updates

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).

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

Conversation Circles
Wednesday evenings at 6:30, join the ANC volunteers to practice English in an informal setting. Locations change from week to week, so check the schedule. For information or to register, email

Oct 30 – Pumpkin carving! Location TBD.
Nov. 6 – Remembrance Day at The Rooms. Meet at the Rooms’ Front Desk at 6:30.
Nov 13 – Municipal and Civic Discussion. A.C. Hunter Library, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 20 – Board Games night! A.C. Hunter Library, 6:30-7:30
Nov 27 – Holiday Celebration and End of Term. A. C. Hunter Library, 6:30 – 7:30

CELPIP Testing
The Association for New Canadians is the only registered Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) Testing Centre in Newfoundland and Labrador. CELPIP Testing is administered monthly at the ESL Training Centre in St. John’s.

On Nov 16, there will be CELPIP General Testing from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

You must register in advance to take this test. For more information, or to register, visit

Programs and Initiatives
Volunteer opportunities
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’ 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.
 Community Engagement + Employment Opportunities
Neighborhood Summit on Saturday, November 30th

The Murphy Centre

Call for Creative, Entrepreneurial Applicants for The Murphy Centre Arts Life to Work Program

Anticipated program start date: November 2019
Anticipated program end date: June 2020
Location: The Murphy Centre Career Services, 320 Torbay Road,
Suite 201 St. John’s, NL A1A 0L3

All 10 selected program participants will receive PAID training and work placement throughout the duration of the program.

The program will be led by 2 full time coordinators and will include the following:
Skills Development- Life, Employment & Entrepreneurial; Mentor-ship; Social Enterprise; Work Placements

This program aims to assist and support creative individuals with their entrepreneurial, employment, and/or educational goals.

Eligible Program Participants are those that:
 Are unemployed or underemployed (less than 20 hours per week)
 Are between the ages of 16 and 30 years old
 Have clearly demonstrated creative skills, interests and efforts in any artistic/creative discipline
 Are interested in gaining entrepreneurial skills/knowledge and work experience
 Are legally entitled to work in Canada

For more information and/or to apply please contact Raven Warren and Julia Bloomquist at The Murphy Centre Career Services (709) 753-2830
The RDÉE TNL (the NL Francophone Economic Development Network ) will be attending the international job fair, Destination Canada , in Paris and Brussels from November 15-19, 2019.

We are looking for job offers to present to the candidates. Please submit all job offers for Destination Canada to on or before November 8 th , 2019 .  

We are also looking for employers to accompany us to Destination Canada. Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to send someone to represent your business.
Francophone Immigration Forum Luncheon and Event
Opportunities for Youth
Do you know a student who is in Grade 6?

Sharing Our Cultures is seeking submissions for Cultural Con‘txt’ .

This publication, in English and French, is a collection of stories, poems, and drawings distributed to Grade 6 students in the province. Check out our video and previous publications at .
Please send submissions by email to . The deadline for the November edition is October 31. This is a great opportunity for young authors, poets, and artists to be published and recognized for their work. Thank you.
We acknowledge the financial assistance provided by the provincial and federal governments through the  Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Agreement on Minority-Language Education and Second Official-Language Instruction .
Connaissez-vous un élève qui est en 6e année ? À la découverte de nos cultures est à la recherche de soumissions pour Cultural Con'txt' . Cette publication, en français et en anglais, est un recueil d'histoires, de poèmes et de dessins distribué aux élèves de 6e année de la province. Jetez un coup d'œil à notre vidéo et à nos publications précédentes sur
Veuillez s’il vous plaît envoyer vos soumissions par courriel à La date limite pour l'édition de novembre est le 31 octobre. C'est une excellente occasion pour les jeunes auteurs, poètes et artistes d'être publiés et reconnus pour leur travail. Merci.
Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier des gouvernements provincial et fédéral par l’entremise de l’ Entente Canada-Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador relative à l’enseignement dans la langue de la minorité et à l’enseignement de la langue seconde .
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
National Child Day: Free Activities November 17 to 23, 2019

Celebrate National Child Day in the City of St. John’s with a week of free activities for children and families. On November 20 we are encouraging everyone to wear blue #GoBlue to bring awareness of children’s rights around the world. Watch the #GoBlue video and sign the petition on the UNICEF website to call on world leaders to acknowledge the rights of every child. .

National Child Day Move It Event: FREE!

Join City of St. John’s staff and partners for an afternoon of fun activities including active games, bouncy castles and interactive displays. A limited number of National Child Day t-shirts will be available with a donation to the R.E.A.L. program. Don’t forget to wear blue! #GoBlue
Saturday, November 23
1:30-3:30 p.m.
NL Sport Centre, 100 Crosbie Road

Youth Carnival: FREE

Wednesday, November 20
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Paul Reynolds Community Centre
The City of St. John's via Engage St. John's Wants to Hear Your Voice - It Matters!
Learning Opportunities
So Many Upcoming Workshops and Events ... Too Many to List ... From Election 2019 with Evan Solomon to The Older Worker's Summit on Nov 14th visit their NEWSLETTER for more details!

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 your December updates by Nov 27th!

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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