BIPT Current Work

BIPT works to facilitate integration and settlement of immigrants and refugees to foster a welcoming and inclusive community in Burnaby. BIPT is currently working to implement the three year BIPT strategic plan.

Burnaby’s Settlement and Integration Strategic Plan has identified the following four strategic priorities. The  experiences shared in this video reflect the four priorities identified to help make Burnaby a more inclusive and welcoming City.

  • Access to Information and Services
  • Employment
  • Intercultural Connections
  • Cultural Representation and Civic Engagement

Click on each of the priorities listed below to learn more about their goals, objectives and associated work.

Goal: Burnaby settlement and integration information and services are understood and accessible.


  • Support Burnaby service providers meet the service level demands of immigrant and refugees in the community.
  • Increase community understanding and coordination of settlement and integration services and programs.
  • Enhance the welcoming nature of community agencies and institutions.

Community Forum (January 2019)

The 2019 BIPT Community Forum took place January 28th, 2019, at the Burnaby Central Secondary School. There were 45 attendees representing 19 local service providers and other municipalities, government and residents. The format of the forum consisted of three panels, followed by world café style. The table discussions were facilitated by the panelists and co-facilitated by some of the facilitators trained last year. The first panel was on Trans people Services. The second panel was on LGBTQIA2S+ Adults and Seniors Services. And the third panel was on LGBTQIA2S+ Youth Services.

2019 Community Forum Summary Report

Community Forum on LGBTQ2S+ (2018)

The purpose of this forum was to provide educational opportunities on issues facing the LGBTQ2S+ community and to be more inclusive.

See report in past projects

Community Forum on Reconciliation (2017)

The key purpose of this forum to bring together the Burnaby community in a spirt of Reconciliation to learn about its shared history and explore and enhance intercultural connections across and within communities.

See report in past projects

Community Forum (October 2017)

To engage and involve the stakeholder community in the implementation of the Strategic Plan, BIPT hosted a Community Forum which brought together 91 members from 39 community service providers, employment services, employers and some residents.

Goal: Burnaby immigrants have access to services and supports that enhance attainment of commensurate employment.


  • Coordinate and promote immigrant and refugee employment services and programs.
  • Increase volunteer opportunities and identify innovative approaches to acquire Canadian work experience and an understanding of workplace culture.

Self-Employment Road Maps – Exploring Entrepreneurship for Newcomers (2019)

As previous years’ BIPT Employment annual event focused in helping immigrants and refugees (newcomers) understand Canadian Career Pathways of employment, the employment Working Group opted for a slightly different format for this year’s conference. Entitled, the Self-Employment Road Map – Exploring Entrepreneurship for Newcomers, this event turned out to be very successful with an outcome for newcomers to become self-employed and create income.

See  final report here

Employment Road Maps – Exploring Canadian Career Paths (2018)

The employment event for the year 2017-2018 was designed to help immigrant professionals to understand the employment road maps and explore Canadian career paths for the Clean Technology, Construction Engineering, manufacturing, Information and Communication Technology, hospitality, and health Care sectors.

See  summary in past projects

Mentoring Program (January 2017)

  • Survey of service providers offering mentoring programs in Metro Vancouver.
  • Determined key challenges that impact mentoring programs and identified potential solutions that will help service providers to overcome challenges.
  • Sent to thirteen prominent service providers offering mentoring programs in Metro Vancouver.

Smart Networking (March 2017)

  • An introductory practical skills training and networking event for internationally trained professionals (ITPs) from the IT and Engineering sectors.
  • Provided opportunities to learn about the Canadian job market, networking skills and connect and network with potential employers.
  • Attended by 22 ITPs and 7 employers.

Click here to view the report.

Research (March 2017)

BIPT has researched and developed a series of six key occupational sector profiles in Burnaby. The series includes information on the following six sectors: Clean Technology, Construction, Education, Financial Services, Information technology and Manufacturing.

Goal: Burnaby residents embrace cultural diversity and are engaged in building cross cultural understanding and relationships.


  • Increase awareness of the necessity of immigration and the contributions immigrants and refugees make socially and economically as well as the settlement barriers they face.
  • Support and promote more events and activities that engage individuals from all backgrounds.

In 2017 the City of Burnaby and SFU created a partnership to create the Burnaby Festival of Learning.  This year the invitation was broaden to include other local organizations.  The BIPT working groups came together with Burnaby Together – Coalition Against Racism and Hate to carry out community events around the theme of wellness.

Can a Strong Community prevent Youth Radicalization – Research presentation

Youth radicalization leading to violence has become a growing fear among Canadians, as terrorist attacks are carried out in Western countries. Although Canada has suffered relatively fewer acts to violence, this fear has intensified and a de-radicalization strategy is needed in the Canada context.

Haval Ahmad a PhD. Candidate on International Politics and a Settlement Worker with the Burnaby School District and has been researching on children soldiering, social policy, international conflict, violent extremism, radicalization and de-radicalization.

Rising Above Hate and Discrimination 

Community members with no previous theatre experience attended Theatre of the Oppressed training workshop. The group presented a Community Forum Theatre play on the topic of hate and racism, where the audience was invited to participate on how to better respond to the issues shown in the scenes based discrimination incidents faced by the workshop participants. Through this type of theatre, it is with participation and wisdom of the community that we explored and found solutions to difficult issues we all face in order to create a collective empowerment and resiliency in our environments.

Panel on Personal Experiences of Living as A Muslim Youth

Several immigrant and refugee Muslim youth shared their lived personal experiences with discrimination and hate and how they work to prevent racism and discrimination and how they are connecting with others through personal stories and videos.

Positive and Practical Approaches to Islamophobia – Have you or someone you know experienced Some form of ethnic or cultural resentment or hostility?

The forum focused on the practical and positive action we all can take to dispel hate crimes, exploring approaches and best practices used for individuals who have been impacted by Islamophobia. The panel discussion was followed by a session of Q & A. The experienced professionals have been engaged in combatting Islamophobia on a daily basis, as well as discussed the success of the Islamophobia hotline.

Connections through Art (January – February 2017)

Burnaby through the Eyes of Immigrants and Refugees: A Photo workshop and exhibition facilitated by two artists who brought together a group of new Canadians to build visions of Burnaby and develop connections through art.

The photo exhibitions were hosted by Burnaby Family Life, the Burnaby Public Library and also supported by the Burnaby Art Gallery.

Click here for more information.

Stories from Burnaby (March 2017)

To celebrate and embrace the cultural diversity in Burnaby and to engage residents in building cross cultural understanding and relationships nine Burnaby residents shared their stories with fellow Burnaby residents. This event was held in partnership with the Burnaby Public Library and the Edmonds Community School at the Tommy Douglas Library.

Click here for more information.

Culturegrams (March 2017)

A community art project that celebrates the city’s diversity and creates an opportunity for cultural sharing and understanding.

Culturegram cards ask the question: “What does culture mean to you?” The back side of the card is blank, leaving space for participants to answer – through drawing, painting, collage or the written
word. 12,500 Culturegram cards will be distributed.

All the collected cards will form a vibrant display the public can view and interact with at the City of Burnaby’s Canada Day concert and fireworks celebration, which takes place at Swangard Stadium

Click here for more information. 

Goal: Burnaby immigrants are civically engaged and play a role in the growth and development of their neighbourhoods.


  • Increase the understanding and engagement of Burnaby immigrants in civic activities.
  • Increase opportunities for immigrants and refugees to participate in committees, boards, advisories, etc.

We Speak training workshop

Training was provided to services providers who want to support immigrants and refugees accessing their services. The workshop taught them how to use the We Speak – Google up to facilitate communication with low literacy clients.

Local Government 101 Workshops

Taking advantage of the City of Burnaby governance awareness week. Workshops on the different levels of government and how the local government works were offered to the community and service providers front line staff. The workshops were held at the council chambers.