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.


Most Canadians hold positive views about immigrants: survey
Posted March 15, 2019 | news

By Radio Canada International |

Canadians have the highest proportion of people favourable to immigrants when compared with the world’s top migrant destinations, reports the Washington-based Pew Research Centre. (more…)

Who cares about ‘winning’ the immigration debate?
Posted March 14, 2019 | news

By Vancouver Sun |

Politicians and corporations that want more immigrants in Canada are mounting marketing campaigns to “win the immigration conversation.” (more…)

Sikh and Hindu refugees fleeing Afghan persecution arrive in Surrey
| news

By Vancouver Sun |

On the steps of the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Tirath Singh Khalsa, 11, and his sister, Jasmeet Kaur, 8, waved small Canadian flags and smiled as dozens of members of Surrey’s Sikh community surrounded them. (more…)

B.C. launches rare immigration plan for small towns
Posted March 7, 2019 | news

By Vancouver Sun |

The B.C. government is venturing out on a rare Canadian effort to lure immigrants to the struggling hinterlands. (more…)

Is B.C. immigration program a back door for millionaire house buyers?
Posted March 4, 2019 | news
3 ways to help immigrant women succeed in the labour market
Posted March 3, 2019 | news

By Canadian Immigrant Magazine |

Conference Board of Canada’s Sara Rose Taylor analyses career barriers for immigrant women  (more…)

Immigration and clean power top agenda for federal and Atlantic officials
Posted March 1, 2019 | news

By Vancouver Sun

A federal program aimed at attracting foreign workers to Atlantic Canada will be extended for another two years in a bid to grow the economy and address a shortage of skilled workers. (more…)

Quebec judge grants injunction in case of 18,000 immigration files
Posted February 27, 2019 | news

HR Reporter |

Quebec Superior Court has issued a temporary injunction ordering the provincial government to resume processing more than 18,000 immigration applications. (more…)


SFU Philosophers’ Café: How does the shock of being called a racist impact our behaviour?
March 21 @ 5:30 pm | event


Thu, 21 Mar 2019 5:30 PM
READ-Ability Lounge, 1st floor, City Centre Library, 10350 University Dr., Surrey

Philosophers’ Café is a series of informal public discussions in libraries, cafés and restaurants throughout Metro Vancouver. The cafés, which are open to everyone, have brought dialogue and discussion to thousands of people who are interested in exploring issues from the absurd to the sublime. To learn more about the Philosophers’ Café, please visit their website.

Thinking Outside the Box: Innovative Pathways to Refugee Employment
April 4 | event

Thursday, April 4, 2019
10:00am-11:00am (EST) | 4:00pm-5:00pm (CEST)

Join the webinar to learn about innovative tools developed to ease refugee pathways to employment and support the invaluable work of employment counsellors and settlement workers. From Germany, Dr Martin Noack, Senior Expert, Program Learning for Life at the Bertelsmann Stiftung will share the “Careers via Competences” project. From Toronto, Ian Hartlen, Project Manager at Magnet, will present the new ALiGN initiative that utilizes a unique data-matching technology to create fit-based matches between job seekers to in-demand occupations.

Labour Force Webinar: Connecting Employers to New Canadians
April 4 @ 9:00 am | event

Join this webinar to learn how to access tools to help you deepen your talent pool and access potential employees!

This webinar will explain how to:
– Use BC JobConnect to connect directly to talent and your next great hire
– Use BC JobConnect and its various features to achieve your workforce objectives
– Build an inclusive workplace culture to help new Canadians thrive, thus maximizing your returns on inclusion
– Discover tools and resources you can access to successfully hire and retain newcomers
– Learn from employers on their experience of finding and onboarding newcomers, and how they benefited from it

Event Details:
          April 4
Time:         9:30am – 10:30am
Cost:         Complimentary
Registration:  Call 604-412-0100 or sign up online.

Registrants will receive webinar access details prior to event.

Resource Fair for Refugee Claimants 2019
April 6 | event

Options Community Services in partnership with MOSAIC BC and the City of Surrey is delighted to invite you to be part of the Annual Resource Fair for Refugee Claimants.

Venue: Guildford Recreation Centre- 15105 105 AVE, SURREY, BC, V3R 7G8

Date: Saturday, April 6th, 2019

Registration starts at 11:45 am (Please be on time)

Event starts at 12:00 pm (INFORMATION SESSION AT 12:00PM): (be 15 minutes before to check in)

Black Press Extreme Education and Career Fair
April 25 | event

Did you know in the next 8 years there will be over 1 million job vacancies in British Columbia?

In this growing market we invite you to join us on April 25, 2019 at the


This event will feature employers, education institutions and service providers throughout the Lower Mainland.

Metro Vancouver Canadian Immigrant Fair
April 29 @ 8:00 am | event

The Canadian Immigrant Fair is coming back to Metro Vancouver this spring 2019!

Monday, 29 April 2019 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (PDT)
Burnaby, BC

Metro Vancouver Canadian Immigrant Fair

Canadian Immigration Summit 2019
May 8 | event

The purpose of the 2019 Summit is to explore how Canada can respond proactively to emerging immigration issues in a rapidly changing world.

Register today.

Canadian Immigration Summit 2019
May 8-9 • Ottawa

Vancouver Blue Collar Job Fair
August 21 @ 8:00 am | event

Looking For Work In Blue Collar Industries?


TIME: 1:00PM TO 3:00PM


ADDRESS: 1110 Howe St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1R2