LIP-related Information

Integration is a two-way process, requiring adjustment on the part of both newcomers and host communities. In the last decade, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has recognized the need for developing new strategies and structures to address newcomer integration at the community level.

Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs), first funded by CIC in Ontario in 2008, allow for broad engagement of diverse stakeholders to develop a collective community response to newcomer needs. LIPs do not provide services directly to immigrants but rather foster and strengthen collaboration between community partners aimed at improving immigrant integration outcomes and making communities more welcoming and inclusive.

Currently, there are over 50 LIPs across Canada with 18 LIPs funded in British Columbia. Over the last six years, a significant body of research has demonstrated that these innovative partnerships are successful in improving settlement services coordination, engagement of diverse community partners and integration of newcomers .

The publications below provide more information about Local Immigration Partnerships and the development of more welcoming and inclusive communities.

This report sets out a conceptual framework and research agenda to support a core aspect of the Welcoming and Inclusive Communities and Workplaces Program (WICWP) initiative – issues related to building and sustaining welcoming and inclusive communities for immigrants and refugees. It also discusses program design elements involved in implementing the research agenda and knowledge exchange opportunities designed to derive optimal benefit from the research.

This report provides a review of the current state of knowledge concerning welcoming communities and a description of key characteristics of a welcoming community. It is based on an extensive survey of the relevant scholarly literature, government (federal, provincial/territorial, and municipal) and community reports, and descriptions of best practices and case examples from the public and private sectors.

This Handbook is intended to assist communities and CIC staff in establishing Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs) as a means of planning and coordination at the local level with municipal, provincial/ territorial and federal involvement.

This report  provides an overview of the second research phase, ’The Analysis of LIP Strategic Plans: Promising Practices’, which included a search of the Canadian and international literatures covering the 2005-2011 time period to identify promising practices associated with the top five priorities confirmed by the LIPs. The study offers summary descriptions of promising practices for each of the five priority topics identified by each domain.

This report examines and describes the evolving relationship between Local Immigration Partnerships and their municipal hosts. Four cities were chosen with a view to including Northern communities whose primary interest lay in economic development and population attraction, larger southern cites characterized by more complex and elaborate bureaucracies, and LIPs characterized by a wide variety of administrative arrangements, especially insofar as the LIP-municipal relationship was concerned.

For each of the four cities, the study sought to collect information about the goals of the LIP and the context in which it developed; about the municipal and LIP planning structures and their evolution as a result of the LIP; and about the LIP’s implementation and future prospects.