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.
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 !

Do you want to be part of the 2020 Multicultural Fashion Show?
This year the Creative Sewing Atelier is offering new advanced classes for people who want to create a garment for the Fashion Show!

We are excited to embrace the various cultures that we have here at PARTAKES and in our community!

The 2020 Multicultural Fashion Show will feature garments which showcase your culture.

Click the link below for more detailed information and to register. Complete Form
CONTACT US : PARTAKES is currently facing technical issues, please send all inquiries regarding the Creative Sewing Atelier to this temporary e-mail:  
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
Raptors Super Fan Nav Bahatia coming to St. John's - Click the photo to know more about Nav, his story and why he's an inspiration for Immigration and the good that comes from Diversity.
Connector NL
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
“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.

In addition to the above events, please note that the OIM will be participating in the Newcomers Canada Global Talent Expo in Toronto on October 19, 2019 . We will be able to take 3 employers with us during this mission.

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. 

The employer will be responsible for their own airfare, accommodation, and related expenses. OIM will bear the event registration costs.
If you are an employer interested in participating in an immigration recruitment fair, please email .
Association for New Canadians

News and Updates

Information session: Private Refugee Sponsorship and Family Reunification

Everyone is welcome to this information session for people wanting to learn about refugee sponsorship. Information topics will include:
·         who can be sponsored
·         process for sponsoring
·         Financial responsibilities
·         Settlement responsibilities
Taking place Thursday, Oct. 3, 2;30 – 4:30 p.m. at the ANC’s offices in 75 Tiffany Court (lower part of building). There is no fee, but we request people register via email at: .

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 2 – Culture and conversation at The Rooms. Meet at The Rooms’ Front Desk at 6:30

Oct 9 – Cooking night, harvest theme at Kenmount Terrace Community Centre, 6:30-7:30

Oct 16 – Volunteering Night, location TBD

Oct 23 – Getting Ready for Winter. A.C. Hunter Library, 6:30 – 7: 30 p.m.

Oct 30 – Pumpkin carving! Location TBD.

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 Oct. 5, there will be CELPIP General Testing from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and CELPIP LS Testing from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

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

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 Opportunities
YWCA St. John's

We are excited to announce the upcoming workshop, Moving Forward.

Moving Forward will build on a series of Opportunity Knocks NL symposiums that took place last spring. The series of symposiums explored the challenges and barriers to career and employment face by women of diverse cultural and racial backgrounds in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The general public is invited to attend the morning session to hear a report on the knowledge gathered from symposiums held in St. John’s, Clarenville, and Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

The afternoon session is reserved for Racialized Women/Women of Color. The session will be an opportunity for individuals with lived experience to collaborate and share their skills in creating solutions and recommendations that contribute towards the successful and sustainable employment of Racialized Women/Women of Color in Newfoundland and Labrador.

For more information or if you need supports to participate (e.g. transportation & childcare), please contact Delores Mullings ( ), or Kyekue Mweemba (Program Coordinator, YWCA St. John's; ).
Public Lecture: A tale of three mid-sized cities: The Syrian refugee resettlement and a progressive sense of place,
Dr. Margaret Walton-Roberts

Friday, October 11, 3-4pm, Memorial University, Science Bldg. room 2025.

Presented by: Adaptive Cities & Engagement (ACE) Space, Department of Geography, and the World University Service Canada Local Committee at Memorial University.

How did communities respond to the Syrian refugee resettlement initiative (SRRI) in 2015-16 in Ontario’s mid-sized cities, and what lessons can we learn from the experience? 

This chapter explores these questions based on a comparative research project that examined Syrian refugee resettlement in the mid-sized cities of Hamilton, Ottawa and Waterloo in the province of Ontario.

We use Doreen Massey’s idea of a progressive sense of place to understand how these communities responded to the SRRI, and the process of becoming and re-calibration that occurred in communities exhibiting what we consider a progressive sense of place.

First we explore how these communities mobilized resources by drawing upon historical features of a progressive sense of place as both narrative and guide for how to respond to the resettlement demands.

Second, we detail how the scope of the Syrian refugee resettlement process resulted in new players entering the resettlement space, which presented benefits and challenges to maintaining ideals of community response.

Third, the community more broadly became an important participant in the process of welcoming refugees, and this seeming generosity itself had to be managed, because one of the emerging downsides of the positive community response was the perception and reality of inequity in the resources provided to Syrian versus other refugees, the power-geometries evident in this event.

Finally , despite the many challenges that emerged for these communities during the intensity of the SRRII, we argue the event contributed to the creation of a progressive sense of place, as more collaborative community networks with a renewed emphasis on refugee resettlement needs emerged.

Dr. Margaret Walton-Roberts is a professor at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA), Waterloo, Canada: Visit HERE

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 .

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.

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 November updates by Oct 23rd!

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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