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 with Archway Community Services

June 07, 2024

The journey of immigration is filled with both challenges and opportunities. For newcomers to Canada, navigating a new country, culture, and language can be difficult. Among these challenges there is a network of support and empowerment. The NewToBC Library Champions Project works with libraries and immigrant…

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Relevant library and settlement news is updated here each week.
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June 19, 2024

Education pathways support people needed for in-demand careers

People seeking academic upgrading to access high-demand post-secondary programs and meet their career goals will continue to benefit from tuition-free Adult Basic Education and English Language pathway programs across B.C. “People are ready and eager to train for the jobs […] read more

June 20, 2024

The Reluctant Refugee

In September of 2014, I was one of the first Syrian refugees to make it to Canada. Upon my arrival, I became a newcomer. Then, a… read more

June 20, 2024

Close to half of recent Canadian immigrants can’t meet financial needs

A greater proportion of recent Canadian immigrants can’t meet financial needs, as compared to more established immigrants or those born in Canada, a new Statistics… read more

June 20, 2024

This Refugee Founder’s App Delivers Real-Time Crisis Information In Afghanistan

Sara Wahedi is the founder and CEO of Ehtesab, Afghanistan’s first civic-technology startup. Ehtesab’s mobile app is designed to crowdsource and verify… read more

June 19, 2024

Education pathways support people needed for in-demand careers

People seeking academic upgrading to access high-demand post-secondary programs and meet their career goals will continue to benefit from tuition-free Adult Basic Education and English… read more

June 17, 2024

B.C.’s first health centre catering to francophones to open in the fall

A new health centre dedicated to serving British Columbia’s French-language speakers will open its doors this fall in Vancouver. A statement from B.C.’s Ministry of… read more

June 14, 2024

Scotiabank pledges $750,000 to support 2SLGBTQIA+ newcomers to Canada

Scotiabank and the 2SLGBTQIA+ charity, The 519, have announced a partnership to launch two new programs designed to equip newcomers, refugees and asylum-seekers with integration… 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!

Jun 21 2024

Have Questions about Pension Plans in Canada?

Where: Online with DIVERSECity BC
Date: June 21
When: 10:00am – 12:00pm
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Jun 21 2024

French Storytime with Canadian Parents for French

Where: North Vancouver District Public Library
Date: June 21
When: 10:30 – 11:00am
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Jun 21 2024

Bonjour!

Where: West Vancouver Memorial Library
Date: Multiple dates
When: 1:30 – 2:30pm
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Jun 22 2024

National Indigenous People’s Day

Where: Memorial Peace Park, Maple Ridge, BC
Date: June 22
When: 10:00am – 2:00pm
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Jun 22 2024

Coast Salish House Post Blessing Ceremony and Feast.

Where: Rocky Point Park (2800 Murray St, Port Moody, BC)
Date: June 22
When: 5:00 – 9:00pm
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Jun 22 2024

English Conversation Circles – Saturday Sessions

Where: New Westminster Public Library
Date: Saturdays
When: 10:30am – 12:30pm
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Jun 22 2024

Hug a Tree

Where: Coquitlam Public Library
Date: June 22
When: 12:30 – 4:30pm
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