Multiculturalism and Inter-Cultural Relations

Hello, New Westminster

The City is working towards being one of the most welcoming and inclusive communities in British Columbia.

Over the past few decades, the face of New Westminster is changing, with more people reporting visible minority status and more people speaking a multitude of languages.

As evidence of this increasing diversity,

  • 31.7% of the population are immigrants
  • 29.6% of the population report having visible minority status
  • 23.1% of immigrants have less than five years of Canadian residency
  • 46.8% of immigrants speak a language other than English
  • 3.2% of the population report having aboriginal identity

City Responses

The City has been very active in the area of multiculturalism and inter-cultural relations. Over the past decade, it has:

  • established a Multiculturalism Advisory Committee
  • revised and operationalized the City’s Multicultural Policy
  • coordinated and implemented a Chinese Reconciliation Process
  • chaired the Welcoming and Inclusive New Westminster (WINS) Local Immigration Partnership Council
  • assisted in the development of Five-Year Strategic Plan and Local Settlement Strategy
  • developed a Century House Inclusion Project
  • hosted a Newcomers Connect Day
  • joined the Safe Harbour: Respect for All program
  • prepared a Community and Social Services Asset Map

These initiatives and others are enabling newcomers to settle and integrate into the community and to make a more immediate contribution to society.

Highlighted Initiatives