LIP engages with partner organizations to create welcoming communities for newcomers.

The Local Immigration Partnership is a conduit to community planning. We engage with partner organizations to facilitate meetings and discussions that are pertinent to our goal of creating welcoming communities for newcomers. This work includes organizing presentations, community forums and training that support the community’s ability to respond to newcomer needs.


Our facilitation work also includes bringing information to the attention of the communities that we serve so that issues that are affecting newcomer attraction are addressed. For example, racism has been identified as an issue in many urban and rural communities. But it isn't only racism. We facilitate discussions on topics like racism and intercultural competency by participating and sometimes leading community roundtables or by collaborating with other organizations that are doing similar work.

Facilitation Offerings

Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI)

Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) – Lanark & Renfrew is certified to offer The Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®) as a complimentary service to local businesses, organizations, and groups in the Lanark and Renfrew County area looking to:

  • Increase their group and individual intercultural competency
  • Embark on a journey of self-reflection and meaningful change by applying the knowledge learned to real-life situations
  • Learn to view culture from a variety of lenses
  • Work towards recognizing and appreciating cultural similarities and differences
  • Build a more inclusive, diverse, and equitable workplace
  • Recognize biases you were previously unaware of that affect judgement
  • Be able to develop unbiased hiring practices
  • Develop a workplace where all employees feel comfortable, valued, and equal

The entire process is completely private. No individual results are shared with anyone else participating in the process and no group results are shared outside the organization’s chosen participants.


What is the IDI®Assessment?

  • The Intercultural Development Inventory®(IDI®) is a statistically reliable, cross-culturally valid measure of intercultural competence owned and copyrighted by Mitchell R. Hammer, Ph.D. The IDI Assessment is rigorously back-translated into each available language and is widely used in corporate, government, military, not-for-profit organizations, and educational institutions (e.g., K-12; universities throughout the world).
  • The IDI Assessment is administered by trained and licensed IDI Qualified Administrators. The respondent completing the IDI Assessment is asked to answer a 50-item questionnaire, available online, that can be completed in 15-20 minutes. The Qualified Administrator can then generate Individual and Group IDI Reports based on the respondent’s answers to provide coaching and other services.

How does this service work?

  1. Business or organization leadership selects which members of the team they would like to participate in the IDI experience. They would then provide the first name, last name, and email of these participants to LIP.
  2. LIP uses this information to provide access to the 50-item online questionnaire to participants via email to complete individually by a deadline provided by the leadership team.
  3. Once all participants have completed the inventory, LIP generates a group IDI report, individual IDI reports for all participants, and an individual Intercultural Development Plan (IDP) for all participants. Please note, that there is no group IDP generated.
  4. A qualified IDI Administrator from LIP corresponds with the organization’s leadership team to arrange a meeting for all participants to conduct a group IDI debrief. The administrator will explain the different areas of the Intercultural Development Continuum, present the group’s position on this continuum, and evaluate the group’s results and next steps.
  5. Qualified IDI Administrators from LIP will then contact participants to conduct individual IDI debriefs where participants will view their individual position on the continuum, and learn about their personalized IDP. The administrator will recommend some activities the individual can engage with to support them on their IDP journey. All debriefs are a come-as-you-are opportunity to do some unbiased self-reflection in a safe space. The debriefs are judgement-free, informal, and full of great conversation. Results are 100% confidential and are not shared with anyone, including the company’s leadership team.
  6. A survey will be sent to all participants to offer feedback to LIP to allow us to improve our efforts and approach.
  7. The leadership team will have access to LIP’s monthly newsletter with activities, courses, or activities to facilitate a more inclusive and diverse workplace. Individual participants will also have access to a separate newsletter with suggested individual activities aimed at building more cross-cultural competence.
  8. LIP will re-administer the IDI to the organization one year later to measure any changes to the group’s orientation on the continuum.

For more information on why you should consider participating please read the Why Consider the IDI document.

Local Immigration Partnership – Lanark & Renfrew has a limited amount of annual reports available to administer. We are committed to working with your organization on a timeline that suits you best. If your organization is interested in participating, please contact localimmigrationpartnership@algonquincollege.com.

Introduction to Intercultural Competency Workshop

Join us for one of our monthly Introduction to Intercultural Competency workshops. This is a free introductory workshop featuring topics like Identity and Culture, Value-based Behaviours, Assigning Meaning and Unconscious Bias. A ‘come-as-you-are’ opportunity to learn more about yourself and the people in your life.


This session is designed to be interactive and to encourage a desire for continuous learning! Attendees who fully participate in this professional development opportunity will receive a digital certification of completion from Local Immigration Partnership – Lanark & Renfrew.

Learn more and register here.

Our team is often asked to participate in diversity and inclusion committees where we can provide relevant information that helps facilitate policy changes, strategic directions or guidance on topics related to newcomer attraction. We have worked with municipalities, employers, refugee sponsorship groups, not-for-profit organizations, Algonquin College, District School Boards, economic development offices and the Lanark-Renfrew Labour Market Group.


Contact us to learn more about how we can help facilitate discussions that support newcomer settlement in our communities.


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