Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership

The Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership (TCLIP) brings community leaders and organizations together to review the needs of its newest residents and identify means to facilitate immigrant settlement and integration. The ultimate goal of the TCLIP is to develop welcoming and inclusive communities where both long term residents and newcomers feel a sense of belonging and attachment.

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Ottawa’s flawed immigration calculus

By The Globe and Mail |

Federal Immigration Minister John McCallum has gone from one end of the country to the other this summer bearing two messages: that the Trudeau government believes it should increase immigration; and that it wants more of those immigrants to end up in less populated parts of Canada.

Mr. McCallum is clearly setting the table for this fall, when Ottawa will release immigration quotas for the next three years. The Trudeau government set a record-high target of as many as 305,000 new permanent residents for 2016, and it wants to keep that number growing.

So far, Mr. McCallum says he’s hearing what he wants to hear: that Canadians, especially business owners in search of workers, are open to higher immigration. But he must have some concerns about whether Canadians are open to his government’s ambitious goals, because he is also promising to find ways to get immigrants to settle more “evenly” across the country. That is a very bad idea.
Three-quarters of the people who settle here every year move to urban areas in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. It’s understandable: Immigrants go where the opportunities are – that’s why they chose Canada in the first place. Canadians moving from country to city or leaving one province for another are no different. The government can’t compel an immigrant to move to and remain in one place any more than it can do that to a natural-born Canadian.

Ottawa can entice immigrants to move to regions with labour shortages, or that are trying to increase their population – Atlantic Canada, for example – in exchange for quicker processing. It can fund local settlement services, or help provinces and municipalities do so. It can encourage business to offer benefits, such as free language classes, to its new employees.

Beyond that, it’s all wishful thinking. Some regions with stagnant populations may feel as if they’re not getting their fair share of immigrants, but compelling someone to settle in a certain town is not a logical or legally acceptable way to treat new Canadians.

The fact that Mr. McCallum is talking about this at all may belie an anxiety about bringing more immigrants than ever into an economy experiencing slow growth. Perhaps immigration levels and goals ought to be tailored to the reality of Canadian society, rather than the other way around.

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“Our goal is to provide the most effective services to help parents and students successfully integrate into Canadian society.”

School District #43

“Every newcomer faces slightly different challenges, but the more our community understands how to make them feel welcome, the easier the transition can be.”

Douglas College

“We believe in getting involved with organizations that make a difference in their communities. Working with TCLIP is one way for Vancity to give back and support the well-being of Tri-Cities residents.”

Vancity

“We need to learn from each other’s experiences, study the essential settlement needs of newcomers and work in harmony to propose a model that is both efficient and effective.”

Avia Employment Services

“With growing diversity, and increased numbers of immigrants and refugees settling in the Tri-Cities, TCLIP provides an invaluable opportunity for ISSofBC to come together with other members of civil society to build a more welcoming and inclusive community.”

Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC)

“Information is important for everyone in our society. Being able to connect with and communicate the types of services available so that new immigrants can fully take part in society is one of the Library’s mandates.”

Coquitlam Public Library

“We would like to work towards making the Tri-Cities a place where all residents, from newcomers to long-term residents, feel that they belong and can contribute to creating a robust and healthy community.”

S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

“The participation of the health sector is important in the TCLIP initiative as it brings a “health lens” to many discussions and activities.”

Fraser Health Authority

“Information is important for everyone in our society. Being able to connect with and communicate the types of services available so that new immigrants can fully take part in society is one of the Library’s mandates.”

City of Coquitlam

“Developing a strategic plan to aid in the successful settlement on immigrants fits with our focus on building an inclusive and welcoming community.”

SHARE Family & Community Services

“The Tri-Cities business community is very vibrant and diverse. Working with all facets of community is critical to helping businesses succeed.”

Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce

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