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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Five Amazing Things You Can Borrow from Your Public Library in BC

July 23, 2021

When we think of libraries, we often imagine a building full of books, librarians, and silence. We imagine ourselves wandering through the shelves to find our latest read or scouring information for research and for learning. Many newcomers who arrive in BC are surprised to learn how diverse libraries are…

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Relevant library and settlement news is updated here each week.
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July 29, 2021

Voting is OPEN for the 13th Annual Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards!

Now is the time to cast your vote for the 2021 Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards! Voting is open until September 17, 2021. Winners will be announced November 8th, 2021. read more

July 29, 2021

Richmond-based organization aims to help skilled immigrants shatter career limits

A Richmond-based organization aims to help more skilled immigrants to achieve their career successes. read more

July 29, 2021

Voting is OPEN for the 13th Annual Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards!

Now is the time to cast your vote for the 2021 Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards! Voting is open until September 17, 2021. Winners will… read more

July 28, 2021

Employment Support for Youth Newcomers

New to Canada and looking for work? PICS is offering free employment services for youth newcomers ages 15-30. Call 604-596-7722 for more information. read more

July 23, 2021

Liberals promise to boost number of parents and grandparents sponsored to Canada

In an election-style campaign stop in B.C., Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said Ottawa is going to triple the number of parents and grandparents Canadians can… read more

July 23, 2021

Surrey councillor calls for wider review of racism, sexism allegations at Cloverdale Rodeo

A complaint, filed last week at the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, claims that a number of workers and volunteers experienced systemic racism and sexism at… read more

July 20, 2021

Immigrants and international students grew Canada’s population in Q1 2021

As immigration returned to pre-pandemic levels, so did Canada’s population growth. 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!

Aug 4 2021

English Conversation Circle

Practice your English and meet people online in a friendly, relaxed setting. A librarian will lead a discussion on a variety of everyday topics. Some knowledge of English is recommended. The group will meet online using Zoom. To join the conversation, you will need a computer or device with internet connection, audio and a microphone. A meeting link will be emailed one day before the event.

Where: Virtual
Date: August 4, 2021
When: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
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Aug 4 2021

Teen Advisory Group

Interested in making the library better for teens? Want to earn community service credits? Join a Teen Advisory Group meeting!

Where: Virtual
Date: August 4, 2021
When: 4:30 PM
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Aug 12 2021

Translink Info session for Newcomers

Online Info session about the updates, services, safety and new projects from Translink for Newcomers and the community.

Where: Virtual
Date: August 12, 2021
When: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
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Sep 14 2021

Pre-Employment Skills for Newcomers Series

Join the Library and IssofBC JobQuest this winter for a series of workshops to support newcomers who are seeking or entering the Canadian workforce. The content of these workshops is focused on topics of special interest to newcomers to Canada however everyone is welcome to attend.

Where: Virtual
Date: September 14, 2021
When: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
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Sep 14 2021

Rencontres communautaires

Pour discuter de l’immigration francophone comme solution pour les employeurs canadiens !

Where: Virtual
Date: September 14, 2021
When: 1:30 PM
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Sep 16 2021

Register to become a Library Champion

Where: Virtual
Date: September 16, 2021
When: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
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Sep 21 2021

Register to become a Library Champion

Where: Virtual
Date: September 21, 2021
When: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
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Sep 22 2021

Register to become a Library Champion

Where: Virtual
Date: September 22, 2021
When: 6:00 -7:00 pm
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