Edmonton has long been a place of gathering, commerce, celebration, and achievement. For Indigenous peoples who have resided in this place for millenia, to the early fur traders and European immigrants, to the growing number of newcomers from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America, Edmonton is a city where all are able to thrive in civic life.
What is a Local Immigration Partnership?
A Local Immigration Partnership—or a LIP—is a community-wide, multi-sectoral partnership that works to increase collaboration between settlement agencies, and smooth the settlement experience for newcomers. Our LIP is made up of a Council, which steers the LIP’s activities, and sector working groups, which study gaps in the immigration and settlement experience, and make recommendations to fill them. Ultimately, the LIP will produce a strategic document that will help strengthen Edmonton’s capacity to welcome immigrants.
Sector Working Groups
Each of our working groups focuses its attention on one sector or aspect of the immigration experience in Edmonton, identifies challenges in that experience and works to address them. The work produced by these groups informs the strategic plan the LIP will develop and implement.
Community safety in Edmonton is a high priority of the council, and this working group—composed of representatives from different government agencies, as well as community and non-profit organizations—will work collaboratively to improve community safety and address safety issues immigrants and newcomers face in Edmonton.
Health and Community Wellness
Stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds, representing a variety of organizations make up the Health and Community Wellness working group. Committed to the health of newcomers, this working group will develop recommendations on how to improve access to health services in Edmonton.
Composed of researchers from a variety of backgrounds with expertise in the area of immigration and settlement, this working group supports the development of research projects related to immigration and settlement in Edmonton, and provides expertise and guidance to all working groups, as well as the Council.
Settlement and Inclusion
The Settlement and Inclusion working group is composed of practitioners from a cross-section of traditional and non-traditional settlement organizations who work directly with immigrants and newcomers to Edmonton. The group’s focus will be on improving access and addressing barriers to social inclusion for newcomers.
Skills Training, Education, and Employment
Getting ready for Edmonton’s job market is an important part of successfully integrating into our community: the Business, Education, and Skills Training working group strives to provide opportunities for immigrants and newcomers to build on pre-existing skills and get them ready for the job market.
Upcoming EventsWe want to hear from you: Edmonton’s Local Immigration Partnership runs consultation sessions and other events throughout the city. Have a look at our upcoming events, and then have your say. Any questions or concerns, please contact us.
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Have questions? Want to get involved in Edmonton’s Local Immigration Partnership? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form.
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