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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November 24, 2021

Newcomers often find that libraries in BC are more diverse and expansive than what they are used to. Our collections provide books and newspapers in many languages; we lend materials that aren’t associated with normal library lending practices, such as:  Fishing rods and tackle through the Richmond…

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Relevant library and settlement news is updated here each week.
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November 19, 2021

Meet the 2021 Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award Winners!

The Top 25 Canadian Immigrants of 2021 were chosen after an extensive nomination, judging, shortlisting and public online voting process. Hundreds of nominations were received, from which 75 finalists were shortlisted by a diverse judging panel of past winners. Nearly […] read more

December 03, 2021

Mental Health Toolkit for Refugees and Refugee Claimants

This online toolkit curated by the BC Refugee Hub includes a short guide to mental health, mental illness, trauma, and resources available to those working… read more

December 02, 2021

Career Paths for Skilled Immigrant

Are you an internationally educated healthcare professional who is interested in gaining care aide registration? Care Aide registration is a great way for Internationally Educated… read more

December 02, 2021

Squamish library to close for upgrades

The Squamish Public Library is getting souped up at the end of the year In a news release, the library announced a renovation… read more

December 02, 2021

Library Value Calculator

What is your library worth to you? How much would you pay out-of-pocket for your library services? Enter in the left hand column the number… read more

December 02, 2021

North Vancouver Island has higher rate of child poverty than B.C. average: Report

On average, there are more children on Vancouver Island living in poverty than other parts of British Columbia, according to a recent report by the… read more

December 01, 2021

How Canadians can help Afghan refugees

If you’re looking to help #WelcomeAfghans to Canada, new winter clothing, boots, and accessories are needed immediately for families facing their first winter. Find out… 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!

Dec 8 2021

Past and Present: A Conversation about Race in BC

Join Coquitlam Public Library for a 5-part series about Race In BC. Each session will focus on different cultural groups. You can participate either in person or via Zoom.

Where: Virtual
Date: December 8, 2021
When: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
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Dec 9 2021

Generous Futures: Dismantling Anti-Asian Racism

Where: Virtual
Date: December 9, 2021
When: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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Dec 9 2021

T&T is hiring

Meet the hiring manager to learn about career opportunities, hiring practices, company’s culture, and benefits.

Where: Virtual
Date: December 9, 2021
When: 10:00 am – 11:30 pm
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Dec 9 2021

Canadian Workplace Culture and Communication

Where: Virtual
Date: December 9, 2021
When: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
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Dec 13 2021

Multicultural Kitchen: Ravioli with Creamy Squash Sauce

Where: Whistler Welcome Centre
Date: December 13, 2021
When: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
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Dec 16 2021

WorkBC Employment Services Drop-In

Where: Community Room
Date: December 16, 2021
When: 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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