Collaboration in Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) project continues with release of LIP strategy report
The Smiths Falls Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) Council is pleased to announce the release of the strategic plan for the LIP project as it moves into Phase II. The LIP strategy -- “Smiths Falls: A Strategy to Welcome Newcomers” -- was officially launched on Friday, April 20 in a noon event at the Comfort Inn.
Smiths Falls is one of 45 LIP communities in Ontario funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). The Town of Smiths Falls is the project partner.
In the development of a local settlement strategy and a corresponding implementation plan for Smiths Falls, consultations took place with newcomers, employers and service providers in the community. The consultations primarily took the form of focus groups, key informant interviews and surveys.
There were four focus areas identified for the project -- economic integration, provision and promotion of settlement and public services, the creation of a welcoming community attitude and environment, and sustainability of LIP initiatives.
Challenges were identified in each of the four focus areas with the Action Plan containing recommendations on how to address these gaps/needs during the implementation phase of the project.
As was the case with the celebration evening for the kickoff of the LIP project in June 2011, the program of the LIP strategy launch had an international flavour. That included the entertainment in which five international students from Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute performed.
Likewise, Paola Kryvenchuk, a newcomer from Guatemala, shared her experience of coming to Canada, settling in Smiths Falls and finding employment here.
A copy of "Smiths Falls: A Strategy to Welcome Newcomers" is available at right for downloading.
Or you can follow the link to the virtual copy below: