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News from Surrey LIP

July 26, 2017

In July 2017, the Surrey Refugee Integration Strategy 2017-2020 has been adopted by City Council. A corporate was submitted to City Council, along with the Surrey LIP Annual Report 2016-2017.

May 13, 2017

On May 13th, the Immigrant Advisory Roundtable hosted a Welcoming Newcomers event: Everyone in Surrey Belogns! Close to 100 residents joined the IAR for this four-hour event held at Fleetwood Community Centre. A gallery of photographs from the event can be found at the Surrey LIP website.

April 12, 2017

On April 12, the Surrey LIP partnered with Institute for Canadian Citizenship and IRCC to organize a special citizenship ceremony where new citizens have an opportunity to participate in roundtable discussions to reflect on what it means to be active, engaged citizens. The event took place at City Hall and brought together over 200 community members, 59 new citizens, representatives from 3 First Nations, and planning committee members from RCMP, IAR, Surrey Libraries, Vancity, MOSAIC, and many others.

March 2017

In March 2017, Surrey Board of Trade and the Surrey LIP brought together employers and the immigrant workforce to discuss challenges and brainstorm solutions regarding human capital and labour needs in four sector-specific Immigrant/Employer Dialogues.

Also in March 2017, the Surrey LIP conducted surveys and research into the Informal English Language Traning (ELT) in Surrey as a way to assess the landscape of English language learning (ELL) opportunities outside of formal LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) classes.

March 18, 2017

The newly-formed Refugee Youth Planning Team hosted the Surrey Newcomer Youth Leadership Conference at City Hall on Saturday, March 18. The all-day forum invited over 60 youth from over 20 cultural groups.

November 18, 2016

On November 18th, the True Colours of Surrey Community Forum marked the end of the True Colours of Surrey Project. The anti-racism project had three components: research, an anti-racism campaign, and the community forum. The research was composed of two parts: a survey of Surrey residents to find out more about incidents of racism; and a scan of existing anti-racism models and programs in Surrey, across Canada, and around the world. The We Are Surrey campaign was launched at the forum.

May 30, 2016

On May 2016, the Surrey Immigrant Integration Strategy 2016-2019 has been adopted by City Council. A corporate report was submitted to City Council presenting the Strategy, along with an update on the Surrey LIP.

April 18, 2016

On April 18th,  a corporate report was submitted to City Council providing an update on the arrival of Syrian refugees in Surrey.

April 3, 2016
In March, the Surrey LIP team in partnership with City's HR department delivered two training sessions to City staff about refugee settlement processes in Surrey. The sessions were attended by over 110 staff members. Learn more about the training.

February 12, 2016
On Feburary 2nd,  a corporate report was submitted to City Council about the progress of the Surrey LIP project and research findings.  The report provides a brief overview of key Surrey LIP activities that took place from April 2015 to February 2016.

November 25, 2015
All three research projects have been completed along with three stakeholder consultations and the findings are being presented to the Surrey LIP Committee. Over 1,000 people have participated in research and consultations. Learn more about the Surrey LIP research findings.

September 15, 2015
Five Surrey LIP stakeholder consultation events will take place in the fall 2015 and winter/spring 2016 bringing together over 200 local community members and stakeholders.

July 13, 2015
On July 13th,  a corporate report was submitted to City Council about the progress of the Surrey LIP project in Year One.  The report provides a brief overview of key Surrey LIP activities that took place from April 2014 to July 2015.

April 5, 2015 
The Surrey LIP website went live in April 2015. Visit www.SurreyLIP.ca to read latest news in the area of immigration and settlement, attend upcoming events and consultations and participate in the development of the Surrey Settlement Strategy and Action Plan.

April 1, 2015 
The fourth issue of the Surrey LIP newsletter “Engaged & Inclusive" is now available. Read about the Surrey's education sector. The Surrey LIP members, representing the education sector in Surrey talk about trends and challenges in providing settlement services to newcomers in Surrey.

March 20, 2015 
The third issue of the Surrey LIP newsletter “Engaged & Inclusive" is now available. Read about the Surrey's settlement sector. The Surrey LIP members, representing the settlement sector talk about trends and challenges in providing settlement services to newcomers in Surrey.

February 28, 2015 
The second Surrey LIP fact sheet "Why Do Newcomers Matter to Surrey?" is now available. 
The Surrey LIP is committed to knowledge sharing and raising awareness on immigrant/refugee integration issues. The next fact sheet will focus on changes in the immigration policies and how these new trends may impact Surrey.

February 5, 2015
In February 2015, five focus groups will be conducted with Surrey's immigrant and Canadian-born residents to better understand public perceptions of Surrey as a welcoming and inclusive community. CitySpaces  was contracted to conduct Surrey LIP community consultations. If you are interested in participating in focus groups, please contact Sebastian Lippa at slippa@cityspaces.ca or 604.687.2281 x 258.

February 2, 2015
On February 2nd,  a corporate report was submitted to City Council about the progress of the Surrey LIP project.  The report is a brief overview of key Surrey LIP activities that took place from April 2014 to January 2015.

January 21, 2015
Nineteen immigrants were selected as members of the Surrey Immigrant Advisory Roundtable (IAR). The Surrey IAR members represent over 16 different countries, speak close to 30 languages and have extensive experience volunteering in the Surrey and/or community development experience from their countries of origin.

December 19, 2014 
The second issue of the Surrey LIP newsletter “Engaged & Inclusive" is now available. Read about City's programs for newcomers.To provide your feedback or request to be on our stakeholder list, please contact Surrey LIP Coordinator, Olga Shcherbyna at oshcherbyna@surrey.ca, 604-592-7059.

December 1, 2014
The first fact sheet "Who Are Surrey's Newcomers?" is now available.
The Surrey LIP is committed to knowledge sharing and, in the next eighteen months, will produce a number of fact sheets to support its stakeholders in the community strategic planning process.

November 26, 2014
Over 45 immigrants and refugees attended an information session on November 26th, 2014 to learn more about Surrey LIP Immigrant Advisory Roundtable and opportunities to be involved in the Surrey LIP project. The Surrey LIP is looking for immigrants and refugees who are interested in joining its Immigrant Advisory Roundtable. The Roundtable is an excellent civic engagement opportunity for immigrants who believe they can make a difference and make Surrey a more welcoming and inclusive place to live and work. Immigrant.

October 23, 2014
The first issue of the Surrey LIP newsletter “Engaged & Inclusive” is now available. To provide your feedback or request to be on our stakeholder list, please contact Surrey LIP Coordinator, Olga Shcherbyna at oshcherbyna@surrey.ca, 604-592-7059.

August 19, 2014
Surrey Councillor Judy Villeneuve and Surrey Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman are appointed as Surrey LIP co-chairs for the 2014-2016 term.

May 12, 2014

On May 12th, a corporate report was submitted to Council, providing an update on the Surrey Welcoming Communities Program and LIP.

March, 2014
The City of Surrey signed a Contribution Agreement with Citizenship and Immigration Canada to establish a Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP). Learn more about LIPs across Canada.