St. John's LIP Newsletter: September 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
  • Research Initiatives and Volunteer 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:  
Less Violence, More Violins
Sunday, September 8th from 3pm-5pm at the Anglican Cathedral
RIAC is proud to present the concert, " Less Violence, More Violins " on Sunday, September 8th 2018 at 3:00pm–5:00 pm organized by NSO violinist Jennifer Johnson.
The concert will be held at the Anglican Cathedral in 16 Church Hill, St. John's, NL. 
Tickets are priced General: $30.00, Kids/Students: $15 each.
Tickets are available at Fred's Records, O'Brien's Music, or online
Free Language Classes
Monday, September 9th at RIAC
Our new semester is beginning on September 9th. All adult learners are welcome to join and all classes are free of charge! Students can register at the door and follow us on Facebook for our new semester schedule! For more information, contact Bobbi Vasher at or 709-754-4122.
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
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 .
Save the Date!
Grand re-opening of the Internationalization Office, Memorial University &
The International Student Welcome Event in partnership with the City of John’s

When : Tuesday, Sept. 17 th , 2019
Time : 4pm – 7pm
Where : Internationalization Office, Corte Real Building, (Burton’s Pond)
Who : This event is open to local employers, businesses and community organizations, in addition to MUN faculty, staff and students
For more information or to RSVP, email :

Event Description: Join us on Sept. 17 th as Memorial University celebrates the newly remodelled Internationalization Office in the Corte Real Building. 

We’re also partnering with the City of St. John’s to host a welcome reception for new international students. This event, featuring the Association for New Canadians Global Eats food truck , will bring together international students and members of the local community to celebrate the new Internationalization Office and student space.

It will provide opportunities for students to develop connections and the important relationship with our city, laying the groundwork for future collaborations.
Please drop by to see our new space and welcome students!
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.

Global Eats is Ready to Serve

The Association for New Canadians’ latest training initiative is getting positive review from St. John’s foodies. Global Eats is the public face of a program that gives former refugees the language and skills they need to work in Canadian restaurants.

The 11 students collaborated on a menu, and are now preparing and serving a multi-cultural menu from the colourful truck. Everything is made in-house: from pickles and lemonades to sauces and breads.

Global Eats will (usually) be open for lunch until the end of September in the parking lot of St. David’s Church, 98 Elizabeth Avenue, from noon to 2 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, but check the Facebook page for daily updates about special events. (Link is if you can include it in the newsletter.)
Free Citizenship Classes

The Association for New Canadians is beginning another set of free classes for those preparing to write the Canadian Citizenship exam. The classes will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 10, covering the material in the Discover Canada study guide.

There is no charge for these classes, but space is limited. To register or for more information, contact the ANC English as a Second Language School; phone 709-726-6848 or e-mail
Free ESL Classes

The Association for New Canadians offers free ESL classes on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. Open to everyone.

Classes are at the ESL Centre, 148 Elizabeth Avenue (off Smithville Crescent).

For more information, contact Marlene at 709-726-6848 or
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.

Cultural Connections and Programs

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 to Understand: The Conversation Circle

Strives to encourage engagement, friendship and belonging, by creating opportunities in the community for those to interact in pleasant environments, where by conversation can be had in the comfort of an organized walk or hike to art exhibit or playground and everything in between - where getting to know each other - is as much fun as the activity! All Are Welcome!
 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.
Volunteer Opportunity for Youth
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 October updates by Sept 25th!

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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