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Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot takes off: 11 communities to attract newcomers

ELEVEN rural and northern communities have been selected as part of the new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot to invite newcomers to make these communities their forever homes. The government says that as the Canadian population ages and the birth rate declines, rural Canada’s workforce has seen a significant decrease in available workers.This pilot will help attract people that are needed ... Read More »

Surrey Fusion Festival Celebrates Africa

 Surrey, BC – The City of Surrey announced today that it will be featuring Africa – alongside other diverse cultures from around the world – at this year’s Fusion Festival. The new Celebrate Africa zone, presented in partnership with the African Heritage Festival of Music and Dance (AHFOMAD), will celebrate the continent’s vibrant history, music, dance and cuisine at Holland Park ... Read More »

Canada moves to ban harmful single-use plastics and hold companies responsible for plastic waste

PRIME Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday announced the Government of Canada is taking two additional steps to reduce Canada’s plastic waste, support innovation and promote the use of affordable and safe alternatives. The government says it is committing to: ban harmful single-use plastics as early as 2021 (e.g., plastic bags, straws, cutlery, plates and stir sticks) where supported by scientific evidence ... Read More »

Surrey Canada Day expands with a lineup of new attractions

SURREY Canada Day, presented by Coast Capital Savings, announced today the lineup of new attractions guests can expect at this year’s free annual event.   Returning to the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre in Cloverdale, Canada Day celebrations begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 1 and this year’s celebrations are expected to be even bigger than the last. “Surrey’s Canada Day celebration ... Read More »

Families of teenagers Jason Jhutty and Jassi Bhangal appeal to public to identify those responsible for their murders

ON the first anniversary of the homicides of 16-year-old Jaskarn Singh Jhutty (Jason) and 17-year-old Jaskaran Singh Bhangal (Jassi), both residents of Surrey, their families appealed for the public’s help to identify those responsible for their murders. The two, who were students of Frank Hurt Secondary School, were not known to police. The bodies of the victims found on the roadside. Courtesy ... Read More »

Canada announces new initiative to support LGBTQ2 refugees

Canada is introducing the Rainbow Refugee Assistance Partnership, which will support more Canadians in privately sponsoring LGBTQ2 refugees who are fleeing violence and persecution. Starting in 2020, the new initiative builds on the success of the Rainbow Refugee Assistance Pilot, by increasing the number of privately sponsored refugees from 15 to 50 per year. This unique partnership is in addition ... Read More »

Minimum wage increases June 1

B.C.’S general hourly minimum wage will increase to $13.85 from $12.65, and the minimum wage rates for liquor servers, resident caretakers and live-in camp leaders will all also increase, effective June 1, 2019. Regular increases to minimum wages are one way government is helping to make life more affordable for people, while providing the predictability and certainty that businesses need. Effective ... Read More »