Provincial Immigration Partnership Program
What is a Local Immigration Partnership?
Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs) develop community-based planning around the needs of newcomers with help from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). LIPs represent a new form of multi-level governance involving municipal, provincial and federal partners.
LIPs seek to engage various stakeholders in a locally-driven strategy, including:
- school boards
- health centers
- boards of trade
- levels of government
- professional associations
- faith-based organization
- community and social services sectors
Local Immigration Partnerships are steered by councils comprised of key community members, often representing important local organizations. The partnership council’s main goal is to oversee the development of a local settlement strategy to make communities more welcoming and inclusive.
A staffed individual facilitates this process for the council. Many partnership councils have formed sub-committees (Steering and Executive Committees) as well as working groups focused on particular themes, such as employment, municipal services, health, etc.
Keeping it Local
The vision for LIPs is to integrate newcomer needs into the municipal planning process, while supporting provincial and federal priorities. As noted in the 2010 Speech from the Throne, “the best solutions to the diverse challenges confronting Canada’s communities are often found locally.”
For more information on PEI’s Provincial Immigration Partnership, please contact Melanie Bailey.