We welcome newcomers to their new community
In November 2013, Halifax Regional Municipality and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) entered into an agreement to take on a Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) initiative. The Halifax Local Immigration Partnership (HLIP) works with partners from many different sectors related to help newcomers to settle in Halifax to ensure that Halifax welcomes all newcomers. We take pride in the collaboration that we foster amongst our partners, who come together with the same objective: to keep making Halifax a welcoming place for all newcomers to live and thrive, a place in which all belong and can call home.
What is a LIP and what does it do?
A Local Immigration Partnership is a place-based initiative that emerges from the recognition that newcomers settle in cities and municipalities and that it is there where they live their lives. To this end, the HLIP builds multi-sectoral partnerships that are designed to help improve the integration of newcomers to the municipality as well as to strengthen the community’s ability to welcome them into a place that values and embraces diversity.
The LIP model has had great success across Canada. Today, there are more than 60 LIPs across the country. The HLIP was the first in the Atlantic Canada, where four different LIPs have been established: one in St. John’s, Newfoundland, one in Fredericton and one in Moncton, New Brunswick.
The HLIP works in collaboration with a wide range of partners, from settlement services organizations to government, from service providers to grassroots organizations, from educational institutions to faith groups, from community leaders to newcomers themselves, we are committed to progressive approaches to ensure that Halifax is an inclusive and welcoming community.
Although the HLIP does not provide services or programs, it works towards improving outcomes for immigrants through the partnerships it builds and the collaboration that it fosters. The goal is that the HLIP will enhance the overall inclusion and integration experience of all newcomers to Halifax.
Which are the HLIP main objectives?
The HLIP works towards five main objectives which guide the efforts of all our partners and that help us to achieve our goal of keep making Halifax an inclusive and welcoming community. These objectives are:
- To improve access to and coordination to effective services that facilitate immigrant settlement and integration
- To establish partnerships and participation of multiple stakeholders that will coordinate and enhance the successful settlement and integration of newcomers
- To improve access to the labour market for newcomers
- To integrate newcomers needs into the community planning process and implement action plans to improve outcomes for newcomers
- To strengthen local awareness and capacity to enhance the integration and sense of belonging of newcomers in the community
How does the HLIP work?
The HLIP has four working groups, or subcommittees, and an advisory committee that is comprised by each of the four chairs of our working groups as well as representatives from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration, of Halifax Regional Municipality, the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) and the HLIP’s coordinator. The chairs of our subcommittees represent different organizations, such as the Halifax Partnership, the Halifax Regional School Board (HRSB), the Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness and the YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs.
This Advisory Committee oversees the activities of the four working groups and sets the course of the HLIP with the overall goal of developing plans that help optimize local approaches to newcomer settlement and integration. The Advisory Committee also approves the allocation of funds, which come from IRCC. The four working groups were determined by identifying key focus areas. Each of these groups develops their strategic and action plans to contribute to the overall goal of fostering an inclusive and welcoming community in Halifax. These key focus areas are:
- Economic Integration and Growth, which works to create awareness upon employers and the local industry sector on the positive impact that immigrants have on the health of Halifax’s economy
- Education and Language Training, which focus on strategies relating to English as an Additional Language training and related matters
- Health and Wellness, which works towards enhancing culturally specific approaches to health and well-being and access to quality services by sharing promising practices and collaborating to promote them
- Social and Cultural Inclusion, which works to generate awareness of opportunities for inclusion in HRM
If you wish to have more information or have any questions, please contact the HLIP coordinator, Roberto Montiel.