Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs) are a mechanism through which the federal department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) support the development of community-based partnerships and planning around the needs of newcomers.

LIPs seek to engage various stakeholders in a locally-driven strategic planning process including employers, school districts, economic development representatives, health organizations and networks, Chambers of Commerce, various levels of government, professional associations, literacy agencies, ethno-cultural and faith-based organizations, business, and the community and social services sectors.

Mission’s LIP was launched in 2014.

The partnership council’s main goal is to oversee the development of a local settlement strategy and targeted action plan to produce a more welcoming and inclusive community, focusing on the social and economic integration of newcomers. It integrates newcomer needs into the community planning process, and the strategies help improve newcomer outcomes.

Partnership councils can form sub-committees as well as working groups focused on particular themes, like the volunteer support working group already addressing the needs of Mission newcomers.

The overall objective is to engage groups that will coordinate and enhance the current settlement and integration service delivery network, while avoiding duplication.

If you want to get involved, contact LIP coordinator Rick Rake (rick.rake@missioncommunityservices.com)

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