This initiative is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Communities across Canada are increasingly recognizing the value and benefits of welcoming newcomers and the importance of making plans for their arrival and integration. Communities are making immigration a main component of their plans for the future both at the provincial level and increasingly at the municipal level.
Municipalities are taking a greater role in planning for and guiding immigration and settlement. Critical gaps have been identified in the local labour force with corresponding attraction strategies being developed, also noting that retention is a key concern for many communities, given the reality that entire families need to feel welcomed for workers to stay.
Local Immigration Partnerships come from a recognition that large-scale social change is the result of better cross-sector coordination rather than the isolated efforts of individual organizations.
In April of 2019, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) was accepting applications for new Local Immigration Partnerships. As a result of the funding announcement, Grey and Bruce counties partnered to apply in order to serve the needs of our region. At the end of February 2020, notice of approval was received for funding to advance the activities and priorities undertaken through a Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) for 3 to 5 years.
The Grey Bruce Local Immigration Partnership will foster welcoming communities throughout Grey and Bruce counties by developing community-based partnerships and planning based on the needs of newcomers in our region through coordination, connection and collaboration efforts.
Local Immigration Partnerships are community-based partnerships that:
- Foster a systemic approach to engage settlement programs and other institutions to integrate newcomers;
- Support community-based knowledge-sharing and local strategic planning; and
- Improve coordination of effective services that facilitate immigrant settlement and integration.
Local Immigration Partnerships do not provide direct services to newcomers. Rather, they seek to make host communities more welcoming by engaging a range of stakeholders and enhancing collaboration at the community-level to improve settlement and integration of newcomers. The Local Immigration Partnership will engage various stakeholders including local employers, school boards, healthcare centres, boards of trades, professional associations, ethno-cultural and faith-based organizations, social services sectors and other service providers.
This partnership will ensure that multiple stakeholders participate in coordination, connection and collaboration through sharing of resources and best practices, providing opportunities to leverage existing resources and also addressing gaps in the region and in turn, working towards establishing additional support where it is needed.
Short-term outcomes (year 1-2):
- Enhanced engagement of a diversity of members in settlement and integration of newcomers.
- Broad-based partnerships developed for planning and setting community priorities.
- Community and newcomer needs assessed in a coordinated manner, and enhanced awareness of needs among a wider array of local actors.
- Increased capacity to support the integration of newcomers and foster welcoming communities, including welcoming and receptive labour markets at the community level
Long-term outcomes (years 3+):
- Enhanced responsiveness of non-settlement services to the needs of newcomers and communities.
- Improved coordination of services at the community level and thereby enhanced accessibility and uptake.
- Sustaining partnerships at the community level.
- Improved outcomes for newcomers.
Please contact Melissa Avedesian, Grey Bruce Local Immigration Partnership Coordinator for further information.
519-372-0219 ext. 6108
A Regional Forum on rural newcomer attraction and retention was held on November 30, 2018 with the support of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and additional support from: Huron County, Perth County, Wellington County, Bruce County, Rural Employment Initiative, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Rural Ontario Institute and Four County Labour Market Planning Board.
Below is a series of materials presented at the forum, and some additional resources for newcomer attraction and retention.
Regional Forum Materials
Attainable Housing Documents
Housing Models to Grow Communities - CMHC