Local Immigration Partnership
What is the LIPs Initiative?
Local Immigration Partnerships (or LIPs) are municipal or regional coalitions designed to strengthen local capacity to attract newcomers and improve integration. Instead of operating separate from, or parallel with, existing activities, LIPs aim to complement them, resulting in better coordination and optimization of activities.
History in Canada
Local Immigration Partnerships originated from two Calls for Proposals by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) in early 2008. One targeted communities throughout Ontario, and the other was directed at neighborhoods in Toronto. The Calls were issued by CIC to establish strategic partnerships that would co-ordinate and enhance services and programs with CIC as the funder for all agreements.
Why is a LIP needed in St. John’s?
Given the increase in the number of immigrants arriving in St. John’s, as well as the various barriers that inhibit their successful settlement and integration (e.g., language issues, foreign credential recognition complications, lack of professional networks, etc.), the need for a Local Immigration Partnership in the capital city of the province has never been more apparent.
St. John’s Local Immigration Partnership
Funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada
the St. John’s Local Immigration Partnership had two
founding members: the City of St. John’s and the
Association for New Canadians (ANC).
The St. John’s Local Immigration Partnership is a partnership
that is designed to help improve the integration of immigrants
in the city as well as to strengthen the city’s ability to better
integrate immigrant needs into municipal planning processes.
The St. John’s LIP is governed by a broad-based council
which oversees the activities of four working groups, each
representing a different focus area.