Based on several community consultations and literature review and analyses, the TCLIP developed its Strategic Plan for 2016 – 2019. Four strategic priorities were identified:
- Immigrant Labour Market Integration
- Newcomers’ Knowledge of and Access to Community Information and Services
- Social Isolation of Tri-Cities’ Newcomers
- Civic Engagement of Tri-Cities’ Newcomers
TCLIP has successfully received funding for the implementation of these strategic priorities for 2016- 2019. During the implementation phase, we continue to emphasize the importance and value of partnerships, collaborations, community engagement and sustainability in our activities. Our annual action plans are guided by the strategic plan and directed by the TCLIP Council and several committees.
2017 – 2018
During 2017-2018, the TCLIP will:
- Continue to enhance collaboration amongst service providers in the Tri-Cities and work towards more coordinated service delivery;
- Create opportunities for employers and newcomers to dialogue and network, in collaboration with other TCLIP partners through dialogue forums;
- Coordinate and promote professional development opportunities for service providers in collaboration with other TCLIP partners;
- Develop marketing campaigns to increase the profile of immigrants and refugees in the community and their contributions; and
- Conduct a community forum on social inclusion to gather input and feedback from community stakeholders and partners.
2016 – 2017
TCLIP Refugee Support Forum
November 2, 2016
Networking & Refreshments at 8:45am-9:15am
Forum from 9:15am -12:00pm
The Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership (TCLIP) organized its first Refugee Support Forum bringing together service providers whose services are directly or indirectly related to refugees. The objective of the Refugee Forum was to provide an opportunity for agencies to work together to enhance service supports for refugees. Over 100 participants representing the Tri-Cities service provider organizations (TC SPOs) actively dialogued to identify strengths, challenges and opportunities in providing services to refugees. Input on strengths, gaps, and opportunities were obtained from forum participants. The Inputs were presented to the TCLIP Council and were addressed in the TCLIP Implementation Plan on the TCLIP priority area of increasing newcomers’ access to community information and services.
Increasing Immigrant and Refugee Access to Settlement and Community Services
Feasibility of Various Service Coordination Models in the Tri-Cities
October 2016 – January 2017
On behalf of the Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership (TCLIP), a research organization conducted a feasibility study on various coordination models in the context of Tri-Cities. This research project identified various models and best practices in service coordination in order to increase immigrant and refugee access to settlement and community services in the Tri-Cities. For a copy of research report and a summary of the key findings, please contact the TCLIP Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TCLIP Community Forum
At the TCLIP Community Forum in early 2017, research findings on feasibility of various service coordination models in the context of Tri-Cities were shared with the community. The Input and feedback gathered from the community at the Forum served to inform the development of the TCLIP Action Plan.
2014 – 2016
Over the course of 2014-2016, the TCLIP conducted research on the civic engagement needs of newcomers in the Tri-Cities as well as a Tri-Cities Labour Market Scan and held two community forums to obtain input and feedback from the community to address the research findings. The input gathered from the Forum as well as the research projects informed the development of the TCLIP Strategic Plan. In March 2016, the TCLIP launched its Strategic Plan which outlines priorities, goals and objectives that informs the work of the TCLIP now and in the future.
Specific research and outreach activities over 2014-2016 included:
Community Consultation Forums on Settlement and Integration:
Two forums were held so that the TCLIP could engage the community about its work. Each forum included more than 80 community representatives including newcomers, settled immigrants, community members, service agencies, employers, businesses and representatives from local government. .
Tri-Cities Community Forum (March 24, 2015): Participants were presented with the findings from the TCLIP Civic Engagement research. Attendees were asked to provide their input and perspectives on the findings with regard to addressing civic engagement needs of Tri-Cities newcomers. Input and feedback collected from participants at the forum informed the development of the TCLIP Strategic Plans’ strategic priorities, goals and objectives.
Tri-Cities Employer Forum (November 24, 2015) “Tri-Cities Labour Market Needs and Immigrant Workforce Integration”: Research findings were shared on the Tri-Cities Labour Market Scan. Information was provided on current employer perspectives with regard to recruiting and hiring new immigrants, information on the Tri-Cities immigrant talent pool as well as best practices and strategies on how to better integrate recent immigrants into the Tri-Cities labour market. Tri-Cities employers, businesses, public and private institutions and community organizations attended to share their perspectives and provide feedback on addressing the research findings. Input and feedback collected at the forum informed the development of the TCLIP Strategic Plans’ strategic priorities, goals and objectives.
Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership Research Initiative (October 2014 – March 2015)
Civic Engagement of Immigrants in the Tri-Cities.
Research on the Civic Engagement of Immigrants in the Tri-Cities provided an increased understanding of newcomers’ perceived community integration needs with regard to social, political, cultural and economic participation in the Tri-Cities. The research process included key informant interviews, surveys with the community as well as organizations in addition to focus groups. For a research report and a summary of the key findings, please contact the TCLIP Secretariat: email@example.com.
Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership Research Initiative (July – November 2015)
Labour market integration of recent immigrants in the Tri-Cities
A Labour Market Scan of the Tri-Cities was conducted in order to better understanding the role recent immigrants play in the local labour market and to identify barriers and opportunities for newcomers to participate in the Tri-Cities labour market, specifically from local employers’ perspectives.
The research process involved key informant interviews with employers, an employer survey and surveys with recent immigrants. For a research report and a summary of the key findings, please contact the TCLIP Secretariat for a copy of the research report or a summary of the key findings: firstname.lastname@example.org.