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.


Richmond employers hit by housing unaffordability crisis: survey
Posted January 23, 2019 | news

By Richmond News |

87% of respondents said it has impacted their ability to recruit talent (more…)

Women earn $20K per year less than men in Canadian tech jobs: study
| news

By CTV News |

Women in Canadian tech jobs, with a bachelor’s degree or higher, earn nearly $20,000 less a year than their male counterparts — and that pay gap can be just as stark for visible minority and Indigenous tech workers, a new study says. (more…)

Canada will reopen Parents and Grandparents Program January 28
Posted January 17, 2019 | news

By CIC News |

IRCC will resume first-in, first-served approach to processing expressions of interest (more…)

It’s time to change the way we teach English
Posted January 16, 2019 | news

By the Conversation

As we move into 2019, the United Nations’ International Year of Indigenous Languages, it’s time to consider not only how we think about Canada’s linguistic identity but also how we might develop best practices for learning and teaching languages. (more…)

What to do for Chinese New Year in Vancouver
Posted January 15, 2019 | news

By Fly Over Canada |

Chinese New Year and the Lunar New Year are a big deal in Vancouver! This multicultural city goes all out to celebrate the beginning of the second new moon after the winter solstice and ending on the full moon that’s 15 days later. Here are some of the best ways to ring in the Year of the Pig this February. (more…)

Things to know for before filing your 2018 taxes
Posted January 14, 2019 | news

By CTV News |

The holidays are over and it’s time to get serious about your money and your budget. But before you roll out your New Year’s resolutions about money matters,you might want to take care of last year. (more…)

Multi-lingual phone line improves accessibility
Posted January 10, 2019 | news

By BC GOV News |

For speakers of Hausa, Cebuano or one of over 100 other languages, real-time access to information about B.C.’s employment standards, in their native tongue, is now just a phone call away.


At 21, this aerospace engineering student, former refugee has created her first invention
| news

By Globe and Mail

This is part of Stepping Up, a series introducing Canadians to their country’s new sources of inspiration and leadership. (more…)


Surrey Job Fair 2019
January 29 @ 8:00 am | event

This event benefits both job seekers and employers. Job seekers will be able to explore career options with employers such as retail stores, restaurants, service providers, banks, credit unions and crown corporations; while employers will meet and recruit motivated job seekers. Networking and building brand awareness will be additional opportunities. Surrey Job Fair 2019 will be a grand affair, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Multi-Employer Hiring Fair
January 30 @ 8:00 am | event

Come to the Coquitlam Public Library for a Hiring Fair!

Don’t miss your chance to connect with employers from the community and learn about their current opportunities. Be sure to bring your résumé, cover letter, questions for the employers and dress for an interview!

Building Solidarity Between Our Communities: Indigenous and Refugee Youth Event
February 16 @ 8:00 am | event
February 16
Surrey City Hall

Are you between 16 and 25 years old? Are you interested in learning about Indigenous history and culture and connecting with other youth in Surrey? The Surrey Refugee Youth Team and Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association (FRAFCA) Indigenous Youth Group are excited to invite you to our Indigenous and refugee youth event. The day will feature various fun workshops and activities aimed to build solidarity and understanding between our communities. Join us on February 16 at Surrey City Hall for a day of sharing food, culture, stories, and more!

We gratefully acknowledge Vancouver Foundation for providing financial support for this event