Members of CK LIP form a Partnership Council, which provides a collaborative framework towards development of coordinated, comprehensive and strategic approaches to immigration and integration that fits the needs of Chatham-Kent’s recent immigrants, employers, and service providers.
The Partnership Council also looks at ways that community stakeholders can stay connected on newcomer issues on an ongoing basis during and after the implementation of the strategy.
CK LIP will foster a welcoming community by working together to integrate newcomers and celebrate diversity in Chatham-Kent.
To create a community collaborative of traditional and non-traditional stakeholders, to strengthen Chatham-Kent’s capacity to welcome newcomers and improve integration outcomes related to economic, social, and civic participation.
- Improve the integration of newcomers by increasing awareness of and access to available resources and services
- Improve awareness of the social and economic benefits of newcomers to the Chatham-Kent community
- Pursue sustainability options for the CK LIP by identifying collaborative partnerships and funding opportunities
- Increase awareness CK LIP initiatives
CK LIP is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, in partnership with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, and is one of many Immigration Partnerships across Canada.
The vision for LIPs is to support the development of self-sustaining multi-sectoral partnerships at the local level to integrate newcomer needs into the municipal planning process, while influencing provincial and federal priorities and processes.
Local Immigration Partnerships typify the two-way street approach to integration, which regards all newcomers and members of the host community to be equal and important agents of change.
CK LIP is being implemented in phases:
- Phase One, from October 2010 to March 2012, included the establishment of a Community Partnership Council and the development of a Local Settlement Strategy;
- Phase Two, from April 2012 to March 2013, included the development of a detailed implementation work plan based on the Local Settlement Strategy;
- Phase Three, from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014, continued the work on the identified priorities in Phase 2, namely Community Awareness and Community Settlement;
- Phase Four, from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2017
CK LIP Council
The CK LIP Council consists of enthusiastic members at local and regional levels who are committed to enhancing settlement and integration opportunities for all newcomers and immigrants in Chatham-Kent.
A list of the primary members and resource members, as well as the operating values of the Partnership Council can be found here. Continue below to read what Council Members have to say about CK LIP.
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