The Local Immigration Partnership Council (LIPC) wants to hear from the community.
During the first phase of the Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) project, which is to be completed by March 31st, 2012, LIPC members will develop a local settlement strategy and a corresponding implementation plan. Consultations will take place with newcomers, employers, service providers and others in the community as part of that work.
These consultations are planned for October and will primarily take the form of focus groups, key informant interviews and surveys.
From feedback gathered through the discussion groups hosted at the Celebration Evening held on June 16 to kick off the LIP project, the LIPC was able to identify focus areas for the project. These include the economic integration of newcomers, the provision and promotion of services, the creation of a welcoming community and the sustainability of the LIP initiative.
Work groups met in August to determine specific topics with respect to each of the focus areas that they would like to receive further community feedback on.
These topics, which are listed in the Community Consultation Plan, range from statistics on the number of newcomers in the Smiths Falls’ area and their first languages to the settlement and public services that are available to them to the challenges and opportunities for attracting newcomer entrepreneurs and investors. Information will also be gathered on how welcoming newcomers perceive Smiths Falls to be, how supportive Smiths Falls’ residents are of immigration and what initiatives are needed to help develop a more welcoming attitude in the town.
Anyone who would like to be part of the consultation process is encouraged to contact Sullivan at 613-283-4124, ext. 1164 (email firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dianne Pinder-Moss, LIP Administrative Coordinator, at 613-283-4124, ext. 1184 (email email@example.com).
Approved by the LIPC at its meeting on Sept. 21 and presented to Smiths Falls Town Council for information purposes on Sept. 26, the Community Consultation Plan is available under the Documents section of this page.
Information gathered during the consultation process will be compiled into a report to be presented to the LIPC in November.