Chatham-Kent Welcome Network logo with a blue, orange, and green triangle intertwining at the base and circles above.

Through its members, the Welcome Network helps connect residents both new and old to the people and services that can assist with a variety of settlement or immigration issues. How it works: 

Businesses and organizations join the Welcome Network by demonstrating they meet a variety of criteria around Cultural Awareness and Cultural Sensitivity. 

They provide information on the Welcome Network to their staff, who can then assist anyone seeking information about the Welcome Network and refer them to settlement supports on the Newcomers Portal or through Adult Language and Learning.

They also receive a window-decal and certificate which identify them as members to customers and guests. Anywhere someone sees the Welcome Network logo, they will have a direct connection to resources that assist newcomers to integrate more quickly and feel at home in the community. 

Does your organization or business meet the qualifications to join the Chatham-Kent Welcome


  • Promote Chatham-Kent as a welcoming community
  • Improve cultural awareness and cultural sensitivity
  • Increase newcomers’ access to services
  • Increase newcomers’ sense of belonging
  • Promote your organization’s ability to serve diverse client/customer base

Chatham-Kent Benefits of Membership 

  • Promote your organization’s ability to serve diverse client/customer base
  • Access information on diversity and newcomer services
  • Improve capacity to celebrate diversity 

Chatham-Kent Welcome Network Membership Criteria Self-Evaluation

Cultural Awareness (meet 2 of 5)

  • Education & training available to staff on cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Participate in diversity training
  • Awareness of local settlement services
  • Attend an information session on cultural awareness and services
  • Provide new hires with cultural awareness information

Cultural Sensitivity  (meet 3 of 9)

  • Multilingual services: Both official languages Identify speakers Online translations Access to translation services
  • Open communication
  • Flexible stat days for observances
  • Process to meet diverse needs
  • Be willing to hire a new Canadian
  • Promote culturally diverse events

To become a member of the Chatham-Kent Welcome Network, simply complete the application form and forward it to us today!

25 Creek Road
Chatham ON N7M 0L1

Membership Ceremony

On the morning of Wednesday, November 4, 2015, CK LIP hosted a Membership Ceremony at Council Chambers for existing members of the Welcome Network.  For more information, read an overview of the ceremony or check out the Chatham Daily News article

 Chatham-Kent Welcome Network Members