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With a population of over 500,000, approximately 1,000 new residents every month, and the largest number of Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) than any other community in British Columbia, Surrey is consistently demonstrating leadership through various initiatives to welcome and integrate newcomers to Canada. On September 20, we celebrated the City's employees who have served as Connectors - generously helping skilled new immigrants build professional networks in Surrey.
Together with Urban Futures Inc, IEC-BC has participated in this year's National Conversation on Immigration. How can we strengthen our Canadian fabric and what are the best ways to unlock Canada's diverse needs - these are some of the topics covered in the joint submission.
With so many top technology companies calling Vancouver home, the city is well on its way to becoming a world-class leader in the high-tech sector. Yet many businesses still don’t have access to the best global talent resulting in missed opportunities and missed revenue. To address this issue, IEC-BC has partnered with PeaceGeeks, a Vancouver-based non-profit, the Vancouver Immigration Partnership and the City of Vancouver to host a Tech Sector Networking Event for the new immigrants on July 18, 2016.
On Monday June 13, the Conference Board of Canada released its quarterly economic report with a short-term outlook for the Provinces. According to this forecast, BC’s economy is projected to outperform all other Provinces, with a real GDP growth of 3% in 2016, and a real gain in 2017. While this is definitely good news, the picture is not as rosy once we start delving into the details. Turns out it’s the continuing housing boom that will be one of our key economic drivers rather than any of the knowledge economy sectors.