Welcome To NewToBC

NewToBC is all about making connections. It is a library settlement initiative that connects newcomer immigrants and refugees with essential settlement information, public libraries, other service provider organizations, and, ultimately, BC communities. NewToBC plays a unique role in the settlement sector by offering services that are responsive to the evolving needs of newcomers, that complement and raise awareness about resources and services offered by public libraries and other service provider organizations, and that support BC communities as they welcome growing newcomer populations.

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Empowering Newcomers: The Library Champions Project

May 07, 2024

A quiet revolution has been taking place, one that is transforming the lives of newcomers to Canada. The Library Champions Project is a team effort between Public Library InterLINK and NewToBC to help newcomers discover how to connect to their new communities through library and…

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Relevant library and settlement news is updated here each week.
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May 10, 2024

Census 2021: Immigrant Demographics Summary

Data and Analysis. A Comprehensive Look at Recent Immigrant Demographics across Greater Vancouver Read the summary. read more

May 23, 2024

Statistics Canada findings buck trend on over-educated immigrants

The rate of immigrants hired in jobs they are overqualified for has dropped to the lowest rate in 20 years, says a new Statistics Canada… read more

May 22, 2024

Ways to get mental health support and available resources

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental well-being can be affected and needs to be monitored and looked after. Feeling anxious, sad, frustrated or suicidal… read more

May 21, 2024

How upskilling loans for immigrants ‘empower Canada’

Anoopriya Ramachandran wanted to continue her career as a software engineer when she moved to Toronto in 2018 from her home country of India. Soon… read more

May 21, 2024

5 Asian Canadians share experiences of life in B.C. and how culture has shaped their identity

May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada — a time to learn about the history and culture of Asian communities across the country, and the… read more

May 21, 2024

B.C. allots record $25.6M in annual funding for newcomer services

The B.C. government is more than quadrupling funding for newcomer services from $6 million to $25.6 million per year, partnering with 30 organizations throughout the… read more

May 21, 2024

Five things you need to know about Labour Market Impact Assessments

Some foreign workers in Canada require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to work in Canada, while others are LMIA-exempt. An LMIA is a document… read more

Public libraries and community agencies offer numerous free events.
This event listing is updated each week. Visit often to see what’s going on!

May 25 2024

Cantonese Opera: Behind-the-scenes

Where: Surrey Libraries – Clayton Branch
Date: May 25
When: 2:00 – 4:00pm
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May 26 2024

Cultural Fair: Discovering Chinese Heritage

Where: Coquitlam Public Library – City Centre Branch
Date: May 26
When: 1:30 – 3:30pm
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May 27 2024

Black History Drumming Circle

Where: Surrey Libraries – Central Branch
Date: May 27
When: 1:00 – 2:00pm
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May 28 2024

English Practice Group for Beginners

Where: Port Moody Public Library
Date: Tuesdays
When: 11:00am – 12:30pm
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May 28 2024

Soft Skills for the Canadian Workplace 

Where: Online with ISSofBC Global Talent Loans Program
Date: May 28
When: 12:00pm PST
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May 30 2024

Empowering Businesses: Accessing Financial and Employment Support through BDC and WorkBC

Where: S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Richmond Service Centre / Online
Date: May 30
When: 1:30 – 4:30pm
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Jun 1 2024


Where: Online with ISSBC
Date: Tuesdays / Fridays
When: 12:00pm
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Jun 1 2024


Where: Beaumont Studios 316 W 5th Ave, Vancouver BC V5K 1K4
Date: June 1
When: 4:30 – 11:00pm
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