What CLIP Does
CLIP works across sectors, organizations, and service systems to improve local capacity to welcome and support newcomers. CLIP has identified 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.
The overall objective of the LIPs initiative across Canada is to enhance collaboration, coordination, and strategic planning at the community level in order to foster more welcoming and inclusive communities, and improve settlement and integration outcomes. CLIP provides a framework for local partners and stakeholders to work together to develop and implement a strategy and actions to help newcomers integrate into Calgary more easily.
Local Settlement Strategy AND Action Plan
In 2016 and 2017, the CLIP Council came together to design a Three-Year Local Settlement Strategy. The Council identified five strategies that will help newcomers and immigrants in Calgary to thrive. CLIP's Working Groups, which consist of over 100 members, started meeting in January 2018 to identify actions to advance the five strategies. The IAT acted in an advisory capacity by reviewing and contributing to all the material that was developed. The CLIP council provided feedback and guided the process. The CLIP Action Plan for 2018-2020 was finalized in June and shared with the community.
CLIP does not provide services or funding. Local Immigration Partnerships do not fund activities or projects. Nor do they deliver services directly to newcomers. Instead, LIPs provide a collaborative framework to facilitate the creation of sustainable solutions for the successful integration of newcomers in their community.
All LIPs are required to conduct local research. CLIP completed two pieces of work in the fall of 2017: a Survey of Newcomers and a Survey of Service Providers. CLIP Council and working group members considered the findings as they developed their Action Plan and can continue to refer to the reports as they advance their work.
A PROFILE OF IMMIGRANT HEALTH IN CALGARY - WINTER 2019
It is well documented that immigrant and racialized groups often experience greater access barriers to health and social services in Canada, due to multiple factors including language, transportation, information, service fees, and discrimination. Given the growing numbers of immigrants who make Calgary their home, there is a need to explore the association between characteristics such as immigration status, mother tongue, and ethnocultural identities, and potential disparities in health care access, physical health status, and mental health status for Calgary’s diverse immigrant populations. Seeking to fill this gap, a research collaboration between the Calgary Local Immigration Partnership and Dr. Naomi Lightman of the University of Calgary (Department of Sociology and Newcomer Research Network) has resulted in this report, A Profile of Immigrant Health in Calgary.
Data from the Canadian Community Health Survey that was gathered between January 2013 and December 2016 provided a sample of 5,529 survey respondents who were residents of the Calgary Zone Community Health Region during the collection period. Key findings include significant differences between immigrants and their Canadian-born counterparts in rates of unmet health care needs, physical health status, mental health status, sense of belonging to the local community, and the number and presence of chronic conditions experienced. The results often differ by immigrants’ length of time in Canada, which is also associated with age. Significant differences between immigrants and the Canadian-born population in the Calgary Zone are also found in rates of racialized identity, having a mother tongue other than English, living arrangements, sexual orientation, employment, and educational attainment. In addition, there are statistically significant differences between immigrants and their Canadian-born counterparts in terms of health care access and general health status, some of which may have implications for service provision and, ultimately, health outcomes.
These findings will help CLIP Council and its working groups to understand the impact of various factors on the mental and physical health of immigrants. This is important information to have as CLIP moves forward with its Action Plan and works toward the full inclusion and integration of newcomers in Calgary. To view the complete results, see A Profile of Immigrant Health in Calgary.
CLIP SURVEY OF NEWCOMERS - FALL 2017
The Calgary Local Immigration Partnership reached out in innovative ways to a wide range of foreign-born individuals to learn as much as possible about why decisions about accessing settlement services are made. As a result, the CLIP Newcomer Survey was completed by 1,638 foreign-born individuals.
"Many people advocated for more relevant, accurate information to be provided pre-arrival. They really wanted to know more about living in Canada and the realities of daily life in Calgary. This related to different social and economic systems in Canada—banking, housing, childcare, children’s education, health care, transit, and how to dress for Calgary’s weather—as well as social norms about environmental protection and recycling. Respondents also recommended various way to advertise settlement services and to help newcomers to effectively navigate the local service system upon arrival in Calgary. Helping newcomers find the programs that exist to help them is critical. More widespread, however, is the often reiterated disconnection between the attraction of skilled workers and professionals to Canada and the realities of the job market in Calgary. Respondents lamented that, to their dismay, they arrived with hope and optimism, only to find they had little chance of working in their chosen field upon arrival. Moreover, they found few if any appropriate supports to help them transition quickly or easily into the work they were trained to do. Frustration and despair were frequently expressed by these respondents." To meet the needs of the full range of newcomers who move to Calgary, "better advertising of existing programs and services is essential. In addition, different kinds of services and supports are needed for professional and non-skilled migrants. Each of these streams are both necessary and important to enable the successful social and economic integration of newcomers."
CLIP Survey of Service Providers - Fall 2017
In the fall of 2017, the Calgary Local Immigration Partnership surveyed program managers from a range of mainstream and settlement agencies in Calgary. The purpose was to inform funders, CLIP, agencies, and government partners about the current state of local service provision in the settlement and integration of newcomers. The survey provided respondents with the opportunity to identify gaps in service provision, backlogs, waiting lists, or other barriers to delivering services. It similarly enabled them to share elements of service provision that are working well and what they believe contributes to that success. The survey was completed by 85 service providers. Almost-three-quarters of them (72.0%) were from mainstream organizations that serve all Calgarians, including newcomers. Nearly one-quarter (24.4%) were from immigrant-serving organizations with programs that are primarily targeted to newcomers, meaning anyone born outside of Canada.
Thank you to everyone who participated in CLIP's Survey of Service Providers in 2017. To see the results, you can read the Service Providers Survey Summary or the full Service Providers Survey Report.