CBLIP: What We Do

The Cape Breton Local Immigration Partnership (CBLIP) is a collaborative initiative designed to foster welcoming communities that support the full participation of newcomers in the social, economic, political and cultural life of Cape Breton-Unama'ki.

The CBLIP Strategic Plan (2022-2025) is the guiding document for the work of the CBLIP – providing a road map for its work to build more welcoming and inclusive communities in Cape Breton and make it easier for newcomers to settle in here.

The plan includes five areas of focus:

  • Housing
    • Contributing to research, resource development, and information sharing regarding the housing needs of newcomers
  • Community Belonging
    • Building and enhancing the communication, relationships, and resources needed to foster more welcoming and inclusive communities
  • Awareness
    • Raising public awareness of the benefits of immigration and the needs of newcomers
  • Employment
    • Supporting collaborative efforts to foster meaningful employment opportunities and inclusive workplaces for newcomers
  • Demonstrating Impact
    • Identifying indicators of our success and evaluating the impact of our work

Click here to download and view the CBLIP Strategic Plan (2022-2025).

What We Achieved Together in 2023:

  • Focused on our 2022 to 2025 Strategic Plan – Check it out here!
  • Implemented activities through the five CBLIP working groups (community belonging, housing, employment, awareness, and demonstrating impact). Want to get involved in a Working Group? Find out how!
  • Supported the CBLIP Immigrant Advisory Table to ensure their unique perspectives inform all CBLIP activities.
  • Held the annual CBLIP partner update event in Ben Eoin. The year’s theme was ‘Opening Doors to Collaboration’. Did you miss it? Find the recording here!
  • Ran the biennial CBLIP Immigrant Survey to learn about the experiences and perspectives of local residents born outside of Canada. Find out more
  • Undertook the annual update of our Newcomer Service Map.
  • Developed a new multicultural calendar to bring awareness to over 200 important religious and cultural dates celebrated on the island. Check it out here!
  • Continued promoting the ‘Belonging is for Everyone’ campaign. Learn more about the campaign here.
  • Participated for a second time in CBU’s Community Student Research Connection Program and explored referral pathways between newcomer-serving organizations on the island.
  • Continued to bring perspectives from Unama’ki-Cape Breton to regional and national discussions, through participation in the National LIP Secretariat Executive Committee, the National LIP Secretariat Research Working Group, the Pathways to Prosperity Standing Committee on Immigration to Northern, Rural and Remote Communities, ARAISA, Atlantic LIP gatherings, etc.
  • And so much more!

Check Out Previous CBLIP Partner Update Events

For more information on the Cape Breton Local Immigration Partnership, its partners, activities, and much more, click below:

Want to learn more about the CBLIP?

Contact the CBLIP Program Manager, Kailea Pedley, at kailea@capebretonpartnership.com

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