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.


Over 190 countries agree on global compact on safe migration
Posted July 15, 2018 | news

By Vancouver Sun |

More than 190 countries agreed on a global compact to promote safe and orderly migration and reduce human smuggling and trafficking Friday, culminating lengthy negotiations on the often contentious issue that were boycotted by the United States. (more…)

Drowning deaths renew calls for newcomer swim classes
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By CBC News |

The drowning deaths of two newcomers to Canada last week has an immigrant from Somalia worried about his own family’s safety around the water. (more…)

The trouble with diversity journalism
Posted July 14, 2018 | news

By Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun |

I’ve been covering ethnic, religious, sexual orientation and other so-called diversity issues most of my newspaper career.

I’ve always been curious about different people, world views and cultures, aiming to report on them with fairness, balance and respect; embracing pluralism, while also probing for that elusive journalistic objective known as truth.

Diversity journalism has now become a big thing. Along with it has come a cadre of people who make a living telling others how to handle difference and social exclusion. The goal is positive, but there is often a strong ideological component, with prefabricated morality.

The diversity industry has now made its way into journalism. Not only in North America. Last year, I took part in a conference of the International Association of Religion Journalists in Indonesia, where most students in attendance were taking courses in “diversity journalism.” (more…)

BC PNP Tech Pilot
Posted July 12, 2018 | news

By WelcomeBC |

The B.C. technology sector is a major driver of economic growth in the province, with tech employment at its highest level ever recorded. The demand for talent in B.C.’s tech sector is increasing faster than the supply. (more…)

Temporary Resident Visa refusals on the rise, says new report
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By Canadian News Bulletin |

Globe and Mail newspaper says refusal rate reached 26% in 2017, up from 18% in 2012 (more…)

U.S. government must reunite separated migrant families or face penalties: federal judge
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By Globe and Mail |

The U.S. government must rapidly reunite 63 children under the age of five who were separated by immigration officials after crossing into the United States from Mexico, or face penalties, a judge said on Tuesday. (more…)

International immigration drives B.C. population gain
Posted July 8, 2018 | news

By Bryan Yu, Business in Vancouver |

B.C. population growth remained solid during the first quarter despite continued sluggishness in net interprovincial migration. (more…)

Canada’s Expanded Biometrics Program To Take Effect On July 31, 2018
Posted July 5, 2018 | news

By Borden Lander Gervais |

The stated goal of the new regime is to make legitimate travel to Canada easier while protecting national security, preventing identity fraud and increasing information sharing. (more…)


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WorkBC Hiring Fair
July 20 @ 10:00 am | event
Coquitlam Spirit Hiring Fair
July 23 @ 12:00 pm | event
CRA Info Session and Hiring Fair
July 27 @ 1:00 pm | event
PICS Mega Job Fair & Business EXPO Surrey 2018
August 2 | event

Bilingual Job Fair Vancouver
August 23 | event
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Social Innovation Summit 2018
September 5 | event
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September 13 | event
Get Surrey Working Hiring Fair
September 27 | event
Newcomers Canada Career & Settlement Fair Vancouver
September 29 | event