Tuesday, July 03, 2018 - 12:00 PM

City Launches new Online Site for Newcomers

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The St. John’s Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is pleased to announce a new interactive, online services map to help newcomers easily find and access existing programs and services.

“Our consultations and ongoing discussions through LIP have identified the need to connect newcomers with the many excellent services in place to assist them,” explained Deputy Mayor Sheilagh O’Leary, lead for economic development, tourism and culture. “We are so pleased to be able to provide this interactive, online tool to our newcomer population and we are grateful to both the provincial and federal governments for their support of this initiative.

The new online service will help newcomers fully engage in all aspects of economic, social and cultural life in the City and facilitate successful integration by making it easier for them to navigate the range of programs and services available. Features include a robust search function for programs and services by field in alignment with the priority areas of the LIP and its four Working Groups: Education and Training, Health and Basic Needs, Employment and Labour Needs, and Welcoming Communities and Social Connections. Location maps, directions and transportation options are also provided.

“Immigration is essential to the prosperity of Canada and – more importantly to me – Newfoundland and Labrador,” said The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and MP for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl. “This project will help make St. John's a more attractive community for immigrants by improving access to and awareness of the programs and services that will help them in our province. And that’s a good thing. Because more immigrants mean more jobs, more prosperity, and more good neighbours.”

“Through the new interactive, online services map, we can provide our new residents with the information they require to support their settlement and integration, a key commitment in the Provincial Government’s collaborative, partnership-driven immigration action plan, The Way Forward on Immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador,” said the Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour. “By working together, we are enhancing settlement and integration services, and creating a welcoming environment for all.”
 
The site (https://mynewstjohns.ca/) was funded in partnership with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Government of Canada, and the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism, Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
 
Media Contact:
Kelly Maguire
Media Relations
City of St. John's
709-576-8491
kmaguire@stjohns.ca