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 is a partnership between organizations and individuals who are dedicated to fostering welcoming and inclusive communities in Cape Breton-Unama’ki. Our organizational members include municipalities, settlement agencies, businesses, police services, post-secondary institutions, community service providers, and more. Many individuals are also involved in the CBLIP through its working groups and as part of the Immigrant Advisory Table.
We are working to foster communities where all newcomers can settle, stay, and thrive. We believe that Belonging is for Everyone.
With all partners bringing unique perspectives, ideas, and spheres of influence – our partnership is our greatest strength. Together, we work to understand the challenges facing newcomers on the Island, develop thoughtful plans and implement actions to create positive change.
Expand a section below to learn more about the groups that make up the CBLIP.
The Cape Breton Local Immigration Partnership (CBLIP) is one of about 80 ‘Local Immigration Partnerships’ (LIPs) funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) across Canada.
LIPs are the mechanism through which IRCC supports the development of local partnerships and community-based planning around the needs of residents and newcomers. LIPs engage stakeholders from a broad range of sectors to learn, plan, and act together in support of fostering welcoming communities for newcomers.
The CBLIP is steered by an advisory council comprised of 30 representatives from municipalities, settlement agencies, chambers of commerce, schools, libraries, non-profits, employers, and other key partners in newcomer settlement. Together, the CBLIP Council has an immense understanding of the immigrant experience in Cape Breton.
The CBLIP includes an Immigrant Advisory Table (IAT) to ensure that newcomer perspectives always inform the work and decisions of the CBLIP Council and its working groups. IAT members are people who were born outside of Canada, live in Cape Breton and bring living experience to their roles as IAT members.
The primary objectives of the IAT are to:
Working Groups are action-oriented teams made up of members of the CBLIP Council, IAT and other community partners who have specific interest and expertise in implementing the actions of the CBLIP Strategic Plan.
Contact the CBLIP Program Manager, Kailea Pedley, at firstname.lastname@example.org