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There's lots happening these days in Surrey and its surrounding communities. Check here often to stay posted on lively cultural celebrations, useful government programs and more.

This section is also your source for the latest multiculturalism news from B.C. and beyond. We’ll be adding relevant news items each week.

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We are the gov't closest to the people: Coquitlam social planner

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By Janis Cleugh / Tri City News |

Cathy van Poorten’s job is to connect the dots.

New to Coquitlam? Van Poorten has a long list of service providers she can tap into — and an even longer list of city employees who can speak more than 30 languages — to help residents settle in the community.

Refugee claimants continue to pour into Canada with no end in sight

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By Terry Haig, RCI |

Much of the world saw the photos last summer of Haitian people seeking asylum in Canada being “housed” at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.

The last left last weekend, but Canadian officials are bracing–and preparing–for more claimants between now and the end of the year as the number of those seeking refuge reaches the highest in Canada in over eight years.

Helping immigrants feel at home

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By Kelowna News |

UBCO study says small towns need to do more to help immigrants feel they belong.

UBC researchers have determined that efforts to make immigrants feel welcome in small, rural towns often miss the mark—despite the good intentions.

PALS provides fun, interactive ways to support literacy

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By Kamloops This Week |

Refugee groups expect surge in Salvadoran, Honduran asylum seekers

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By Nick Eagland, Vancouver Sun |

Settlement groups are bracing for a rush of asylum claimants crossing by foot into B.C. as protections lapse for citizens of countries in crisis who sought refuge in the U.S.

Canada holds round table with immigrant groups in NYC

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By Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada |


Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, held a round table with key groups that work with immigrant communities in New York City to discuss the situation involving asylum seekers at the Canada-United States border.

Jobs outlook looks positive in Canada

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By Canadian Immigrant Magazine |

What direction is the Canadian labour market going? Canadian Immigrant takes a look at current stats, and some of the in-demand professions today and for the future.

A positive path
To look at the numbers, the jobs outlook in Canada is moving down a positive path.

Raise-a-Reader: Literacy program in South Vancouver leads to career options for mom

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By Kevin Griffin, Vancouver Sun |

The first time Joselyn Cortado brought her daughter to the literacy program at South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, there was no doubt about it: little Khloe loved the whole experience.

Growth across the board in B.C. income and households: Stats Can

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By Stephanie Ip, Vancouver Sun |

People across B.C. experienced income growth between 2006 and 2015, according to Canada’s census, but this province slipped in its ranking against other provinces.

B.C.’s median household income in 2015 was $69,995, a 12.2 per cent increase from $62,372 in 2005, Statistics Canada said.

Douglas Todd: Can we tolerate Bible Belts?

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By Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun |

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – “You have a blessed day.”

That’s how the African-American cleaning woman took her leave in the vast hotel complex where I was staying in the heart of America’s Bible Belt.

Upcoming Events

Workshop: Succeeding & Navigating the Canadian Workplace

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Date: September 23 & November 18
Venue: DIVERSEcity Community Campus (Sept) and KPU Cloverdale (Nov)

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Surrey Youth Fest 2017

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Date: September 23, 2017
Venue: Guildford Recreation Centre, 15105 105 Ave

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Bursary opportunity for youth

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Date: September 26, 2017
Venue: DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society

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Get Surrey Working Hiring Fair

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Date: September 28, 2017
Venue: Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, 13458 107a Ave

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Business Plan Workshop

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Date: September 30, 2017
Venue: Surrey City Centre Library

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Newcomers Canada Career and Settlement Fair

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Date: September 30, 2017
Venue: Vancouver Convention Centre East, 999 Canada Place

Culture Days in Surrey

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English Conversation Program (Advanced)

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Date: October 2, 2017
Venue: Surrey City Centre Library

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YMCA Youth Mindfulness Group

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Date: October 5, 2017
Venue: Tong LouieFamily YMCA, 14988 57 Ave

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Career and Job Search

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Date: October 17, 2017
Venue: Surrey City Centre Library

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Inclusive City Cafés

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Date: October 19, 2017
Venue: Surrey City Centre Library 

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Newcomer Youth Job Fair

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Date: October 25, 2017
Venue: TBD

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Immigrant Entrepreneur& Small Business Fair

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Date: October 27, 2017
Venue: 13450 102 Ave. Surrey

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4th Annual Vancouver Career, Education and Settlement Fair

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Date: November 09, 2017
Venue: Vancouver Convention Centre West Building, 1055 Canada Place

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Surrey Tree Lighting Festival

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Date: November 25, 2017
Venue: Surrey City Hall Plaza

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Express Entry Update and What to Expect in 2018 

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Date: December 5, 2017
Venue: Webinar

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