The Chatham-Kent Local Immigration Partnership (CK LIP) brings together community stakeholders to develop and support the implementation of local settlement strategies. Members of the CK LIP form a Partnership Council, which provides a collaborative framework towards the 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 three strategic priorities: employment, social belonging, and community supports and information.
By 2025, more newcomers in Chatham-Kent will feel welcomed and valued, and are contributing and thriving members of the community within 5 years of arrival to Chatham-Kent.
The Chatham-Kent Local Immigration Partnership was established in 2010. CK LIP is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, in partnership with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, and is one of over 80 Immigration Partnerships across Canada.
The vision for Local Immigration Partnerships 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.