What is CLIP working on?

CLIP's Local WorK

In 2017, the CLIP Council finalized a Strategic Plan that will guide the Partnership’s work from 2018-2020.  In the beginning of 2018, CLIP Working Groups and the Immigrant Advisory Table designed an Action Plan to achieve results in the following areas:

CLIP’s Regional and National Work

With financial support from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), CLIP’s Data and Information Coordinator has been working with the 19 Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs) in the Prairies and Northern Territories (PNT) to create and implement a regional performance measurement framework.  Together, the PNT LIPs agreed on what census data the LIPs would report, which was then compiled by CLIP for 2006 (as a baseline year) and 2016.  CLIP worked with Corporate Analytics and Innovation at The City of Calgary to develop an interactive LIPs Dashboard to report these results for all of the LIPs in the PNT region.  The census data that was compiled is presented in the LIPs Dashboard on the “PNT Data Portal” page of this website. As new LIPs are formed in the region, data for the LIP’s service area will be purchased and added to the Dashboard. The dashboard will be migrated to a new platform in the coming months so additional data can be added and to enable LIPs from other IRCC administrative regions across Canada to use it if they wish. 

The Local Data section of the “PNT Data Portal” includes additional data and information for each LIP, including a Fast Facts document prepared for each LIP from the census data shown in the Dashboard. As part of performance reporting, each PNT LIP whose Council has been established for a year will administer the LIPs Annual Survey once each fiscal year. The survey was developed for the region in consultation with LIP Coordinators and is intended to assess each LIP’s effectiveness as a collective impact backbone organization.  In addition to 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.  Other information posted includes immigrant profiles, economic profiles, and other local research reports that are available.

On a national level, CLIP is leading the national LIPs Network Community Data Program (CDP) Pilot.  An introductory webinar for LIPs was delivered in the winter of 2018 to explain the project.  In June 2018, a national LIPs Data Group was convened with representatives from LIPs large and small, urban and rural, and located coast to coast. Initially, a list of all LIPs across Canada was compiled and compared to the locations served by existing CDP data consortia.  Service areas for each LIP were also identified and mapped against Statistics Canada geographies. Semi-custom geographies were identified and boundary files were created to enable immigration data to be purchased by the CDP for each LIP, including those with non-standard boundaries. The LIPs Data Group identified which data would be of most value to the most LIPs and set priorities for data tables the CDP could order as part of the project. A process was developed with the CDP to provide data to LIPs that are located in regions where no CDP consortia exist.  An Immigration Portal was created on the CDP website to enable all LIPs to access key immigration data for their LIP community. The site is updated as new data orders are received by the CDP. The LIPs Data Group then identified key variables that will be ordered from the longitudinal Immigration Database (the IMdb, which contains data formerly provided as “data cubes” by IRCC) and added to the Immigration Data Portal on the CDP website. The LIPs Data Group is also supporting the creation of “how to” guides and other resources to help LIPs access and use data from the Immigration Data Portal. CLIP is also leading negotiations with other providers of immigration related data to secure it for the CDP data catalog.