As one of Canada’s fastest growing cities, Surrey welcomes an average of 800 new residents every month- many of them immigrants. Newcomers are essential to Surrey’s economic growth and innovation, and to strengthening its local communities. IEC-BC was proud to participate in a week of 35 events and activities to celebrate the many contributions of immigrants in Surrey and to help build better bridges between newcomer job seekers and employers.
The Surrey Newcomer Employment Week (Surrey NEW) was organized for the first time in Surrey on October 21-27 by the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (Surrey LIP), the Surrey Board of Trade, IEC-BC and a host of community agencies.
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In the framework of Surrey NEW, IEC-BC presented its key offerings at a number of events. Newcomers to Surrey were able to join our staff to learn about our new online tool connecting BC employers to job-ready newcomers at a special event co-hosted with the Surrey Libraries, network at the Connections evening, and visit our tables at resource and job fairs.
Surrey NEW was presented in partnership with: