What We Do
CLIP works across sectors, organizations, and service systems to improve local capacity to welcome and support newcomers. Right now, CLIP is identifying strategic priorities to help newcomers adjust to life in Calgary. Over time, CLIP’s broad community partnerships will:
Include newcomer needs in community planning processes;
Apply action plans to improve newcomer outcomes; and
Support sectors to communicate with each other, share information, identify service gaps, and align their services.
CLIP provides a framework for relevant stakeholders to work together on developing and implementing solutions to help newcomers integrate into Calgary more efficiently. CLIP has a number of partners that come together to design and implement actions (see our Action Plan for 2018-2020 below!). To learn more about CLIP members and partners, visit our members page. CLIP Doesn’t Provide Services or Funding Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs) do not fund activities or projects. LIPs function as mechanisms for the federal government to optimize the implementation and coordination, of services and avoid duplication.
What Is CLIP Working On?
CLIP’s Regional and National Work
CLIP’s Data and Information Coordinator has been working with the 15 Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs) in the Prairies and Northern Territories (PNT) region to create a performance measurement framework. Together, they have agreed on what census data each LIP will report, which is being compiled by CLIP for 2006 as a baseline year and for 2016. Each PNT LIP will also administer two collective impact evaluation surveys during the fiscal year to assess its effectiveness as a collective impact backbone organization. In addition to these standardized data, each LIP is providing local data that is relevant to one or more of the strategic priorities in the LIP’s Action Plan. CLIP is also working with Corporate Analytics and Innovation at The City of Calgary to develop an interactive dashboard to report the results for all the LIPs in the PNT. The dashboard can be expanded to include other IRCC administrative regions across Canada.
On a national level, CLIP is leading the National Community Data Program (CDP) LIP Network. A list of all LIPs across Canada was compiled and compared to the locations served by existing CDP consortia. An introductory webinar for LIPs was delivered in the winter of 2018 to explain the project. A national LIPs data working group is currently being convened and a process is being developed to provide data to LIPs that are located in regions where no CDP consortium exists. CLIP is also leading negotiations with other data providers to secure data for the benefit of all CDP consortia that will be of particular relevance to LIPs across Canada.
Local Settlement Strategy
In 2016 and 2017, our CLIP Council came together to design a Three Year Local Settlement Strategy. They identified five strategies that will support newcomers and immigrants and Calgary thrive.
In 2017, the CLIP Council finalized a Strategic Plan that will guide the Partnership’s work from 2018 -2020. Our working groups which consist of 100 members have been meeting since January 2018 to identify actions which will coincide with the focus areas put forth by the CLIP council. The IAT acted in an advisory capacity by reviewing and contributing towards all material that was put forth for their input. The CLIP council have been providing feedback and guiding the process. The Action Plan for 2018-2020 will be finalized in June and shared with the community. The areas included in the Action Plan are the following:
Making the labour market in Calgary more equitable for immigrants to enter and participate, as well as facilitating timely access
Ensuring support for populations that aren't entering the labour market, such as seniors, children, those with disabilities, entrepreneurs
Building a sense of community and belonging through fostering meaningful relationships
Foster language proficiency in both English and French for newcomers
Foster active and meaningful connections between immigrants and host communities that result in a more connected community