in rural communities
in rural communities
Local Immigration Partnerships (LIP) are funded by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), a department of the government of Canada, and support communities in bringing together service providers, settlement agencies, community groups, employers and other key municipal organizations to create a welcoming and inclusive community for newcomers.
In Lanark and Renfrew Counties, the work of Local Immigration Partnerships is administered by Algonquin College’s Pembroke Campus. To enable this work to happen, LIP staff conduct research to identify challenges that are preventing newcomers from fully participating in the economic, social, cultural and recreational life of the community. The LIP team also identifies new opportunities with a goal of helping newcomers settle in rural areas.
A key principle of LIP’s work is developing relationships and linkages between like-minded organizations to encourage collaboration that builds on the strengths of multiple partners. Welcoming communities are created by helping municipalities understand the benefits of newcomer attraction and assisting them with their planning and execution of activities that support immigrants who settle in their communities.
The key priorities of the Local Immigration Partnership are:
Membership on the Local Immigration Partnership Advisory Council includes representatives of municipalities, District School Boards, post-secondary education, Employment Services, Local Labour Market planning groups, economic development offices, employers and government services. Membership changes over time as new community partners join the Advisory Councils in both Renfrew and Lanark Counties.
The Local Immigration Partnership acknowledges that its work takes place on the unceded and unsurrendered territory of the Algonquin people. Traditionally known as Anishinabe, Algonquin people are the original inhabitants of the wide swath of territory along the Ottawa River. We respectfully thank the Algonquin people for hosting us on their ancestral lands.