Each week Get In The Know scours the web for news and events related to immigration and newcomer settlement and employment and shares its findings here!

The news and events focus on what’s happening in Surrey and surrounding communities but, when relevant, you will also find news and events at a provincial and national level. To stay current with newcomer issues, visit each week and subscribe to our weekly bulletin.


Let immigrants helps solve doctor and nurse shortage, group says
Posted November 15, 2018 | news

CBC News |

Immigrants could be one of the solutions to labour shortages in many fields across the province, particularly health care, says a Moncton group that works with immigrants. (more…)

Annual boosts to immigration should benefit employers: Experts
| news

By Canadian HR Reporter |

Touting it as a central pillar of the country’s future economic success, the federal government unveiled its three-year immigration plan on Oct. 31. (more…)

Express Entry nears 2017’s invitation record after setting new October high
Posted November 14, 2018 | news

By Canadian Immigrant News |

Last month saw the Government of Canada more than double the number of invitations to apply for permanent residence that it issued to Express Entry candidates in October 2017, leaving it less than 12,000 invitations away from last year’s record-setting annual total. (more…)

Ottawa’s immigrant workforce a ‘golden opportunity’ for companies, says local board of trade
Posted November 12, 2018 | news

By Canadian Immigrant News |

Ottawa companies concerned about access to skilled labour would benefit from tapping the city’s pool of highly educated immigrants, says a new survey by the Ottawa Board of Trade. (more…)

Heartwarming video of Eritrean refugee children enjoying first Canadian snowfall goes viral
| news

By Global News |

A woman who shared a video of two Eritrean children reacting gleefully to their first Canadian snowfall says the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the clip is reaffirming her faith in the country as a welcoming place for newcomers.  (more…)

Ottawa to retool immigrant support program that few used — even as budget tripled
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By National Post |

The U.S. economy relies on startups for much of America’s net job creation, and immigrants start many of those companies. A recent study from the National Foundation for American Policy finds that 55%, or 50 of 91, of the country’s $1 billion startup companies had at least one immigrant founder. (more…)

Vancouver Canadian Immigrant Fair is a week away
Posted November 7, 2018 | news

By Canadian Immigrant Magazine |

Register before November 12th for your chance to win a year of pre-paid service with Public Mobile on Canada’s largest mobile network. (more…)

Trudeau apologizes for Canada’s 1939 refusal of ship of Jewish refugees
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By Canadian Press |

Survivors and families of 900 German Jews whose pleas for asylum Canada ignored during the Holocaust received an official federal apology Wednesday, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed more federal help to combat anti-Semitic acts. (more…)


Vancouver Job Fair
November 21 @ 1:00 pm | event

Looking for Work? New Career?, Immediate Hiring? Direct Interview?


Creative Skill Share: Leadership Training
November 22 @ 6:00 pm | event

Want to learn how to lead creative projects and events? Join us as we make art and work on our leadership and facilitation skills. This interactive training gears towards youth interested in supporting our events. Whether you are already signed up as a volunteer, or want to get started, come join us.

Impact Recruitment Fair
November 23 @ 10:00 am | event

Looking for new work opportunities?

Come see Impact Recruitment at the WorkBC Hiring Fair

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival
November 24 @ 7:00 pm | event

Presented by Coast Capital Savings, the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival returns to Surrey’s Civic Plaza! Join us on Saturday, November 24, 2018.

Options Community Services – Career Fair
December 1 @ 11:00 am | event

Join us in our mission to Build Community and Inspire Hope!


  • Building Service Workers / Attendants

  • Child and Youth Care Counsellors

  • Clinical Counsellors (Mandarin / Tagalog)

  • Crisis Line Volunteers

  • Early Childhood Settlement Worker

  • Homelessness Program Asst. Manager

  • Housing First Worker

  • Immigrant Services

  • Language Coordinator

  • Mental Health Workers

  • Outreach Family Counsellors (Spanish / Somali / Swahili)

  • Quick Response Counsellors

  • Shelter Attendants

  • Shelter Worker

  • Supervised Access Workers

  • Tenant Support Workers

  • Transition House Workers

  • Transition Workers

For more info, visit our Careers Page: https://www.options.bc.ca/careers

Options Community Services – Career Fair
December 1 @ 11:00 am | event


  • Shelter Workers – NVCI, First Aid CPR required, shelter experience is an asset
  • Mental Health Workers – 2+ years post secondary in social services or related field, with 1-5 years of experience
  • Transition House Workers – diploma in related human / social service field, with 1 year experience or combination of relevant training, education and experience
  • Tenant Support Workers – Community Social Service Worker or Mental Health Worker Certificate or diploma in a relevant discipline, with 2 years of experience
  • Building Service Workers / Attendants – Building Service Worker Certificate, WHMIS, First Aid required, with 2 years experience
  • Early Childhood Educators – E.C.E. Certificate is required
  • Child and Youth Care Counsellors – with degree / working towards a degree in a related field, experience working with individuals with developmental disability, candidates with less experience will be considered
  • Adult Inclusion Workers – with degree / working towards a degree in a related field, experience working with individuals with developmental disability, candidates with less experience will be considered
  • Settlement Workers
  • Language Instructors
  • Temporary Resident Support Specialists
  • Crisis Line Volunteers – Crisis Line training will be provided
  • And many more!

Please bring your credentials, diplomas, tickets, certificates and your resume!

Coquitlam Job Fair
December 16 @ 1:00 pm | event

Looking for Work? Immediate Hiring?

Do not miss the fair