Fostering Community in the Tri-Cities
Foreign-born residents make up over one third of the total population of the Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcara). In recent years the Tri-Cities has received over 2,100 new immigrants every year and the region is one of the largest recipients of refugees in BC. This unique demographic means that local organizations need to ensure they are delivering services in accessible and culturally appropriate ways. It also requires a review of the community to ensure longer term residents have the information they need to understand these demographic shifts, the impacts these shifts have on the community and what is required to ensure that community is inclusive to all. The Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership (TCLIP), is working to meet the needs of newcomers and long-term residents and make the region one of the most welcoming and inclusive places in Canada.
Immigrants play an important role in Canada’s economy and culture, so individual communities need to focus on making them feel welcome and settled.
LIPs are an effective way to accomplish this because they include representatives from local government, education, health, libraries, business, faith-based groups and community and social service sectors – organizations that immigrants interact with every day. The Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership (TCLIP) is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
About our Members
The TCLIP membership is comprised of a governing Council, Partnership Members, Working Groups, a Contract Manager, Co-Chairs and a Secretariat.
TCLIP’s members come from all areas of the community – government, education, libraries, employers, health, the Chamber of Commerce, and community and social service organizations. Members have committed their experience and expertise to plan, guide and conduct community level research and consultation towards the development of an Immigrant Integration Strategic Plan for the Tri-Cities.
The TCLIP does not provide direct services to immigrants in the community but offers a coordinated approach to information sharing and collaboration to address immigrant integration needs in Tri-Cities. The ultimate goal of the TCLIP Council is to develop welcoming and inclusive communities where both long term residents and newcomers feel a sense of belonging and attachment. View the list of the Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership council and membership for more information on how each organization is helping newcomers settle.
S.U.C.C.E.S.S., a multicultural and multi-service agency, is the signatory of the LIP Contribution Agreement with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). It is responsible for all activities and deliverables outlined in the agreement. TCLIP council Co-Chairs include Sandra Wilking, Director of Operations of S.U.C.C.E.S.S., and Martin Wyant, CEO of SHARE Family and Community Services, a community-based agency committed to helping vulnerable people in the Tri-Cities. The TCLIP is supported by Working Groups consisting of members of the TCLIP Council, Partner members and community stakeholders who use their expertise to give input on a specific subject matter and make recommendations to the council. The TCLIP’s work is also supported by a Project Coordinator, Ann Jones, and a Program Assistant, Zelda Shum. Jones provides support to the TCLIP Council and Working Group meetings and ensures that the project meets and exceeds the set targets of the project deliverables and outcomes. Shum is responsible for TCLIP Council and Working Group minutes, financial documentation, project monitoring and records.
Local Immigration Partnerships: Improving Integration Across Canada
Local immigration Partnerships (LIPs) build on local services in order to optimize engagement, planning and coordination in the area of newcomer settlement and integration. LIPs do not deliver services directly to immigrants. Instead, they foster local engagement of organizations that offer services to newcomers, support community-level research and planning and improve coordination of services that help immigrants settle and integrate. LIPs aim to enhance collaboration, coordination and strategic planning at the local level to make communities more welcoming and inclusive. These local partnerships first received funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) in Ontario in 2008. Since then, LIPs have helped initiate innovative approaches to newcomer services in communities across the country.
Membership in these partnerships reflects a diversity of services within communities. Libraries, schools, hospitals, employment services, chambers of commerce, employers, local government, neighbourhood houses and women, child and senior services are some examples of typical LIP members, as they interact with newcomers regularly and can make recommendations about their needs.