Local Immigration Partnership


The Cape Breton Local Immigration Partnership (CBLIP) is a collaborative community initiative designed to improve the integration of newcomers in Cape Breton. Launched in June 2017, the CBLIP works at the local level to foster a community that is welcoming and inclusive and to support newcomers to become fully engaged in the social, economic, political, and cultural life of Cape Breton.

THE LOCAL IMMIGRATION PARTNERSHIP MODEL

The CBLIP is one of many Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs) sponsored by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This federal initiative addresses the growing need for systematic community planning around immigrant attraction and retention. LIPs are underpinned by the understanding that:

  • Newcomers play an important role in the Canadian economy and society;
  • In the near future, some industries and regions will depend on immigration to fulfill their labour needs;
  • Municipalities and community groups are best positioned to improve settlement and integration outcomes for newcomers; and
  • The provision of basic settlement services is not sufficient to ensure success – consideration of newcomer needs must be incorporated into all aspects of community planning.

In order to improve integration outcomes, LIPs form partnerships that:

  • Support community-level research and strategic planning;
  • Raise awareness around newcomers’ needs and engage a wide range of local actors in fostering welcoming communities; and
  • Improve accessibility and coordination of services that facilitate immigrant settlement and integration.

THE LIP COUNCIL: CHAMPIONS OF LOCAL IMMIGRATION

Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs) are steered by broad-based coordinating councils comprised of key community members, often representing important local organizations. LIP Councils are tasked with overall stewardship and management control over initiatives such as needs assessments and asset mapping of their community. The LIP Council’s main goal is to oversee the development of a local settlement strategy and targeted action plans to produce a more welcoming and inclusive community.

FURTHER READING

Pathways to Prosperity (P2P) is an alliance of university, community, and government partners dedicated to fostering welcoming communities and promoting the integration of immigrants and minorities across Canada. P2P hosts important documents and information about LIPs across Canada on their website.

CONTACT THE CBLIP

For further information regarding the CBLIP or to get involved, please contact:

Kailea Pedley
Cape Breton Local Immigration Partnership
Project Coordinator
local.immigration@capebretonpartnership.com
(c) 902-258-7331