What is a Local Immigration Partnership (LIP)?
Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs) are an innovative model which have the overall objective of enhancing collaboration, coordination, and strategic planning at the community level to foster more welcoming and inclusive communities that improve settlement and integration outcomes for newcomers. There are over 70 LIPs across Canada and four LIPs in Nova Scotia, including the North Shore LIP.
Background of the LIP
After completing a feasibility study in 2020 that included consultation with 31 organizations as well as interviews and focus groups with newcomers the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth received funding from IRCC to establish a regional LIP that includes the areas of Colchester, Pictou and Antigonish counties.
This regional partnership (North Shore LIP) of diverse stakeholders, including multi levels of government, community agencies, health & education services, employers among others will encourage communities to better understand and consider newcomers’ assets and needs in terms of access, coordination, and programming.