Over the course of 2014 – 2017, the TCLIP will be undertaking a range of activities to ensure the development of welcoming and inclusive community for newcomers, refugees and long-time residents in the Tri-Cities.
2016 – 2017
During 2016-2017, the TCLIP will:
- Continue to enhance collaboration amongst service providers in the Tri-Cities and work towards more coordinated service delivery;
- Conduct a TCLIP Refugee Support Forum;
- Conduct community based research on increasing immigrant and refugee access to settlement and community services: Feasibility Study on Various Service Coordination Models in the Tri-Cities, including a Newcomer Welcome Centre;
- Conduct a Community Forum to gather stakeholders input and feedback on the research findings;
- Create an action plan that implements two strategic priority areas of the TCLIP Strategic Plan.
Specific research and outreach activities include:
TCLIP Refugee Support Forum
November 2, 2016
Networking & Refreshments at 8:45am-9:15am
Forum from 9:15am -12:00pm
Various Tri-Cities service providers whose services are directly or indirectly related to refugees will be targeted to attend this forum. Participants will learn more about Canada’s approach to refugees as well as the current landscape of settlement services for refugees. Input on strengths and opportunities with regard to serving refugees will be obtained from forum participants. Input will be presented to TCLIP Council and will be 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 will conduct a feasibility study on various service coordination models in the context of Tri-Cities. This research project will identify 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.
TCLIP Community Forum
At the TCLIP Community Forum in early 2017, research findings on the feasibility of various service coordination models in the context of the Tri-Cities will be shared with the community. Input and feedback will be collected from the community at the Forum on the research findings and will 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 for a copy of the research report or a summary of the key findings: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com.