City of Moncton secures federal funding to launch the Greater Moncton Local Immigration Partnership
Moncton, NB – The City of Moncton has received funding from the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to create the Greater Moncton Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) Council.
“The Government of Canada is proud to support the Greater Moncton Local Immigration Partnership,” said the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. “This community-based partnership will help Moncton attract newcomers and help the newcomers integrate into Moncton; it’s a double win for the community and the newcomers. When the community joins forces to support newcomers, the result is successful integration.”
Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs) are a new form of multi-level governance designed to strengthen local capacity to attract newcomers and improve their integration outcomes as through enhanced economic, social, political, and civic participation. The long-term vision for LIPs is to support the development of multi-sectoral partnerships at the local community level in order to integrate newcomer needs into the community planning process, identify community-specific strategic priorities and implement a settlement strategy and action plans to improve newcomer outcomes.
“The long-term success of the Greater Moncton Immigration Strategy relies on the positive relationships between the key community partners,” said Mayor George LeBlanc. “This formalized approach, which has clearly seen great results in other communities across the country, will help us attract and retain newcomers, who in turn, contribute in many ways to our city’s cultural, social and economic diversity.”
The LIP initiative began operations in Ontario in 2008 as part of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Community Connections program. The program expanded to other provinces in 2012 and is expected to continue to grow. Currently there are more than 60 LIP’s across Canada, including five in Atlantic Canada.
In 2013, the City of Moncton hosted an Immigration Summit composed of various immigration stakeholders, business community and newcomers. It was highlighted during the summit and following the summit with private consultations with stakeholders that there was a need for better coordination of services and a broadening of the base of local organizations involved in efforts to attract and retain newcomers. In June 2014, the Moncton City Council endorsed the Greater Moncton Immigration Strategy. A key component of the strategy was the implementation of a Greater Moncton Local Immigration Partnership.
The Greater Moncton Local Immigration Partnership will be led by the City of Moncton and will consist of a council of immigration stakeholders, immigrants, business community, and municipal government partners. The LIP will help implement the Greater Moncton Immigration Strategy and will provide a better framework to understand the needs of newcomers, the gaps in service delivery and the process by which collaboration can lead to much better outcomes for newcomers.