As a community, Burnaby is distinguishing itself as a welcoming and inclusive city for immigrants and refugees to live. The Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table (BIPT) is a central figure in that success.
BIPT formed in 2007 to empower people working in immigrant and refugee services in Burnaby to share resources, identify service gaps, and more fully support new immigrants and refugees.
Over the years we have succeeded at improving people’s comfort, health and standard of living by bridging communities, decreasing competition among service providers, developing stronger resources and improving inter-agency cooperation and knowledge-sharing.
Today, BIPT is a vital working group of senior representatives from 25 different agencies including health, education, recreation and culture, the library, the City, volunteer groups, immigrant service agencies and others. With funding from the United Way of the Lower Mainland and the Provincial Government, we conduct research, organize community dialogues, presentations, forums and networking events, develop resources, and lead communications campaigns that raise awareness and foster community engagement.
BIPT won the first “WelcomeBC Award” in 2010 for outstanding partnership creation, and delivering comprehensive and innovative solutions that help newcomers settle and feel welcomed in Burnaby. See what makes our partnership special.
Learn about the benefits of multiculturism in our community.
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