A Welcome Opportunity

Who exactly lives in the Tri-Cities? You might be surprised to learn that on average in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody, nearly one-third of today’s residents were born outside Canada. And that number is growing, as our cities continue to experience a remarkably large influx of new immigrants and refugees.

With this growth has come an array of new challenges—and some remarkable opportunities. The Tri-Cities Welcoming Communities Project was created to help our cities address them. In partnership with 21 government and community stakeholders and WelcomeBC, TCWCP aims to dramatically improve our capacity to be welcoming communities for newcomers to Canada.

According to our research, immigrants and refugees are already offered a fairly impressive array of settlement and support services in the Tri-Cities. So, what more can we do to ensure they feel truly welcomed and effectively supported? Are there new approaches we can try?

Emphatically, yes.

A key insight, provided by WelcomeBC, has guided our plan: Basic settlement services alone are not enough to fully integrate and retain new immigrants. What makes the difference is a community’s overall receptivity.

That finding points the way. We must go further and deeper into our communities, spark a change in attitudes, offer new resources and new opportunities—and engage more individuals, groups, neighbourhoods and businesses in the ongoing welcome effort.

So, why is this work important? Better integration of newcomers is, we believe, crucial to the long-term health and prosperity of the Tri-Cities. And that’s a welcome opportunity.

Tri-Cities Welcoming Communities Project – Who is Involved? 

Coquitlam Newcomers’ Directory to
Programs & Services

  • In 2011, there were 215,773 people living in Tri-Cities: an increase of 10.8% from 2006.
  • Tri-Cities had a total of 78,850 immigrants and 12,795 recent immigrants, comprised 36.9% and 6% of population in Tri-Cities respectively.
  • In 2011, 76.9% of Tri-Cities’ residents spoke English most often at home.
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Source: Stats Canada Censes 2011