Every day Burnaby becomes home to new immigrants and refugees from around the world. Burnaby provides a wide range of settlement and related services to support individuals and families to re-establish and build a sense of belonging.
Over the past year, several changes to settlement and employment services have occurred and more changes are coming. On November 20th, 2012, over 100 settlement workers in Burnaby attended the 4th BIPT Settlement Workers' Networking Event to learn about these changes, about new services and programs, to meet and network with other colleagues, and to discuss best and promises practices.
Welcoming and inclusive societies are created when community members have opportunities to learn and grow together.
A great deal of research and work has been done towards obtaining an understanding of the barriers and challenges faced by newcomers in the integration process. Somewhat less research has been conducted to understand how a community perceives the negative and positive impacts of multiculturalism, diversity and social cohesion, and on what the individual’s role is in the development of a welcoming community.
With that in mind, the Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table surveyed the residents of Burnaby to learn about perceptions and opinions on immigration and diversity. This work provides valuable information that assists the BIPT membership and other community service providers to develop new programs and services.
BIPT works with member agencies, post-secondary institutions, RCMP, media and local employers to: