Grey Bruce Local Immigration Partnership

This initiative is a collaboration between Grey and Bruce Counties and 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. 

Grey Bruce Local Immigration Partnership Established in 2020

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 the 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.

What is a Local Immigration Partnership?

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.

Local Immigration Partnerships are community-based partnerships that:

  • Support community-based knowledge sharing and local strategic planning
  • Improve the coordination of settlement services
  • Raise awareness of the benefits of immigration and needs of newcomers
  • Foster welcoming and inclusive communities

Grey Bruce Local Immigration Partnership – A Community Collaboration

The Grey Bruce Local Immigration Partnership is a collaboration of community stakeholders and service-based organizations that support the inclusion, integration and welcoming of newcomers to the region.

By engaging a range of community stakeholders, the Partnership ensures that local organizations can reach greater heights together than apart through connecting, coordinating and collaborating to support the needs of newcomers.

Collectively improving the coordination of services for newcomers, supporting community level research and planning, and fostering welcoming communities, the Grey Bruce Local Immigration Partnership strives to ensure immigrants and newcomers become welcomed neighbours throughout Grey and Bruce counties.

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.

For additional information please contact:

Melissa Avedesian

Coordinator

Grey Bruce Local Immigration Partnership

519-372-0219 ext. 6108

melissa.avedesian@grey.ca

 

 

Past Initiatives 

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

Video Resources from Keynote Speaker, Lionel Laroche

Adam DeBuck at Danby Appliances

Allison O’Neill at Bruce Power

Gemma Mendez-Smith - Four County Labour Market Planning Board

Fanshaw College & Oakwood Resort Initiative

Hayter Farms

Nexus Consulting - Mapping a Rural Ontario Presentation

Rural Employment Initiative One-page Quick Sheet - Oliver Pryce

Building a Strong, Welcoming Community - Ryan Gibson

 A resource for hiring and retaining immigrant workers


Attainable Housing Documents
Housing Models to Grow Communities - CMHC

Creating Attainable Housing for the Tourism Workforce in South Georgian Bay

Grey County- Supporting and Promoting Attainable Housing

 

Additional Resources

Welcoming new residents toolkit

Communicating in a second language - double verb exercise

Ease into Canada Toolkit

Environmental Scan Rural Newcomer Integration

White Paper - Newcomer Integration in Rural Ontario