Surrey launches October 21-27, 2017 as ‘Newcomer Employment Week’

The City of being  one of the most diverse and fastest growing municipalities in British Columbia has launched Newcomer Employment Week (Oct 21-27). Surrey attributes much of its growth to immigration.

While new immigrants and refugees bring skills, knowledge, talents and a strong desire to work and contribute to the Canadian economy, many face challenges in finding work.Surrey Newcomer Employment Week (NEW) is a new initiative of the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP). Organized in collaboration with 18 community and business organizations, the events and workshops throughout the week will provide opportunities for newcomer job seekers to connect with employers and learn more about the resources available to advance their labour market integration.

Mayor Linda Hepner said, “Immigrant and refugee residents compose over 40% of Surrey’s population. As Surrey continues to grow, we need to ensure that meaningful employment is provided for all of our residents. Newcomers need jobs to feed their families, but employment also gives new immigrants and refugees a sense of belonging and confidence that they are valued by their new country.”

Surrey NEW will take place from October 21 to October 27, 2017, with over 35 events happening in locations across the city. Detailed event information is available at