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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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Immigrant workers essential to Canada’s economic growth

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By Theophilos Argitis and Erik Hertzberg |

While the merits of immigration are being contested by politicians in Europe and the U.S., data show Canada’s economy has already become entirely reliant on immigrants for its labor growth.

Feds won't fight 'sweetheart' Quebec immigration program despite B.C. fallout

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By Peter O’Neil, Vancouver Sun |

The Trudeau government says it has no interest in challenging Quebec’s “sweetheart” immigration system, even though West Coast critics say two components of that province’s system effectively hurt B.C.

Disabled refugees to Metro Vancouver spend hours sitting on floor, immobile

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By Tara Carman, Vancouver Sun |

All day, almost every day, they pass the hours sitting on a white carpet on the laminate floor of a North Burnaby apartment, unable to move.

They are two sisters from Syria, Hoda and Maha Al-Sidawi, who are 24 and 23 respectively. Since about age 10, they have suffered from a neurological condition that makes their muscles extremely weak.

Canada Reaches A Major Milestone In Its Reliance On Immigration

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By Daniel Tencer, Huffington Post Canada |

Canada has become completely reliant on immigrants for job growth, and the proof can be found in StatsCan’s latest employment data.

For only the second time on record, the number of immigrants with a job grew over the last year, while the number of Canadian-born people with a job shrank.

RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants of 2016 are announced

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By Canadian Immigrant Magazine |

Room author Emma Donoghue and Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan have been named among the 8th annual RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants, along with several other artists, academics entrepreneurs and champions of many worthy causes.

True Colours of Surrey Survey

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By Surrey LIP |

True Colours of Surrey Project is an anti-discrimination initiative by the City of Surrey with funds from the Province of British Columbia. The City is a contract holder of the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP), and the True Colours of Surrey project is a part of the Surrey LIP efforts to make Surrey more welcoming and inclusive.

GTA Employers Offer Syrian Refugees First Job Opportunities in Canada

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By TRIEC News |

Employment catch-22 awaits many immigrants

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By Patrick Blennerhassett, Business in Vancouver |

For Drastant Mehta, moving to Canada from Kenya with his family was an issue of personal safety.

Syrian refugees' new lives in Canada are anything but easy

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By Tamara Khandaker, Vice News |

Beechville immigrant speaks out over nasty letter, nails left in driveway

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By Cassie Williams, CBC News |

An immigrant from Lebanon whose family received a threatening letter that said "you are not a Canadian" and called them "pig" over the upkeep of their lawn, says she's been touched by the subsequent support of her Beechville, N.S., neighbours.

Upcoming Events

Retail Employment

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Date: June 29, 2016
Venue: GT Hiring Solutions Brentwood ESC

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Unlocking Employment Barriers to Leverage Immigrant Talent

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Date: June 29, 2016
Venue: Webinar

For more information, please email info@iecbc.ca 

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Breaking Ground: City Solutions for Refugee Housing

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Date: June 30, 2016
Venue: Webinar 

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Surrey Canada Day Featuring Tom Cochrane with Red Rider

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Date: July 1, 2016
Venue: Multiple locations

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Re-Imagining Self and Other: Knowledge, Power and the Clash of Ignorance

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Date: July 13, 2016
Venue: SFU Harbour Centre Room 1900 -  515 W. Hastings Street

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Financial Services Employment @ GT Hiring Solutions Brentwood ESC

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Date: July 13, 2016
Venue: GT Hiring Solutions Brentwood ESC

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Free 12 Week ESL Program

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Date: July 20, 2016
Venue: DIVERSEcity 1107-7330 137 Street, Surrey

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Fusion Festival

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Date: July 23 & 24, 2016
Venue: Holland Park

Named the "Best Festival" at the annual Special Event Magazine Gala Awards in 2014, Surrey's Fusion Festival showcases and celebrates the cultural diversity of our City. 

Immigrant Entrepreneurial Fair

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Date: October, 2016
Venue: TBD

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