Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs) are funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and have the objective of:
Engaging a wide range of cross-sector actors in fostering welcoming communities through collaboration, innovation and systemic change;
Raising awareness around newcomers’ needs and experience of integration;
Supporting community-level research and strategic planning; and
Improving accessibility and coordination of services that facilitate immigrant settlement and integration.
LIPs are required to establish a local settlement strategy, identifying key priorities for the community, which includes:
A work plan for the development of a local settlement strategy that identifies key tasks, milestones, roles and responsibilities;
A local settlement strategy that presents the vision for the community and identifies key priorities to achieve it; and
The strategy should indicate how it contributes to the short and/or long-term outcomes for the LIP initiative but is not limited by them.
The Canadian model rests on the concept of settlement and integration as a two-way street: promoting what newcomers bring to Canada, but also what Canada needs to offer newcomers. As a result of this approach, LIPs are steered by broad-based strategic councils comprised of key community members, often representing important local sectors. The partnership councils are tasked with overall stewardship of initiatives such as needs assessments and asset mapping of their community but their main goal is to oversee the development and implementation of a local settlement strategy and targeted action plan to produce a more welcoming and inclusive community.