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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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Latest News

2016 British Columbia Multicultural Award nominations are now open

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The Government of British Columbia, with advice and support from the Province’s Multicultural Advisory Council, organizes the British Columbia Multicultural Awards to honour and celebrate British Columbia’s cultural diversity.

Immigrant workshops in Vancouver face up to difficulties of integration

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By Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun

When Mohamed Ehab arrived in Vancouver from Egypt six years ago, he knew nothing about Pride parades or the Grouse Grind.

Integral to Canada’s economy, immigrants deserve more support

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By John Ralston Saul, the Globe and Mail |

Six Degrees: Experiments in Pluralism is an essay series devoted to exploring Canada’s emerging identity as an experimental society. The inaugural 6 Degrees “citizen space,” presented by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, will take place in Toronto from Sept. 19 to 21. 6degreescanada.com

Vancouver mayor, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. to designate Lilian To Way

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By Brian Morton, Vancouver Sun |


S.U.C.C.E.S.S. chair Grace Wong and Mayor Gregor Robertson will be on hand Friday to designate Lilian To Way, the first street in Vancouver to be named after a Chinese-Canadian.

Lilian To Way will be marked by two street monikers and bilingual commemorative plaque, both to be unveiled at Friday’s ceremony.

Workforce must be focus of Canada's immigration system, lawyer says

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By CBC News |

On July 5, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced a consultation with Canadians on the future of our immigration system.

Express Entry Mid-Summer Update

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By Canada Immigration Newsletter | 

The past few weeks have been busy with respect to the Express Entry selection system for immigration to Canada, with four draws from the pool and many updates across the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams that are aligned with Express Entry. This mid-summer update provides a synopsis and analysis of all the latest events.

B.C. company benefits from Quebec cash-for-visa program

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By Peter O’Neil, Vancouver Sun |

OTTAWA — A B.C.-based company says it has brought $2 billion to Canada under the Quebec government’s cash-for-visa program, a scheme that some say is a factor in Vancouver’s housing affordability crisis.

Syrian refugees embrace new 'mother country'

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By Matthew Hoekstra - Peace Arch News |

Bilal Masalmeh opens a side door to an apartment building behind Semiahmoo Shopping Centre.

Gesturing to a reporter and translator, he heads down a hallway and into his modest two-bedroom apartment.

It’s dark inside – the lights are out and curtains drawn – but lively, as his three children climb living room couches with two friends.

Foreign sales peak in Richmond as Quebec ramps up investor immigrant program

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By Craeme Wood, Richmond News |

According to a small window of data collected by the provincial government on residential real estate purchases in B.C., only 3.3 per cent was sourced from foreign nationals.

However, those figures were higher in Metro Vancouver, with one city standing out in particular — Richmond.

Surrey’s diversity helps keep biotech sector healthy

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By Patrick Blennerhassett, Business In Vancouver |

Surrey’s ethnically diverse population has helped make it the perfect testing ground for new device that could potentially screen for infectious and potentially life-threatening diseases in a matter of seconds.

Upcoming Events

Health Care Employment @ GT Hiring Solutions Brentwood ESC

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Date: July 27, 2016
Venue: 6th Floor, 1901 Rosser Road, Burnaby

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Health Care Employment @ GT Hiring Solutions Brentwood ESC

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Date: July 27, 2016
Venue: 6th Floor, 1901 Rosser Road, Burnaby

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Indian Cultural Festival

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Date: July 31, 2016
Venue: Bear Creek Park, 13750 88 Ave

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Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts

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Date: August 16 - 20, 2016
Venue: Surrey Arts Centre

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African Heritage Festival of Music and Dance

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Immigrant Entrepreneurial Fair

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Date: October, 2016
Venue: TBD

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