The Local Immigration Partnerships (LIP) Program is one of the many programs that Immigrant and Multicultural Society (IMSS) is delivering. The IMSS fosters LIP Program which aims at strengthening community capacity to be more welcoming and inclusive of new immigrants.
Despite the increasing awareness in the community about the benefits of hiring skilled immigrants, immigrant job seekers continue to experience an extra psychological burden on their search for employment. A local Settlement Strategy is initiated continuing the work done by the Welcome PG project. IMSS brings together various sectors, such as local governments, settlement services, businesses, labour market development, education, health, and social services, with the goal of removing barriers to social inclusion for immigrants, and educating the community at large about the benefits of multiculturalism and diversity.
Research aimed at identifying strategies, best practices, innovative tools and program delivery supporting the settlement of immigrants in small, rural, and remote areas of BC was conducted. This research was Northern BC specific and aim at identifying local challenges and opportunities to provide effective settlement and integration, as well as economic sufficiency to newcomers.
The Local Immigrant Partnership Network (LIPN) is a group of more than 50 local organisations, businesses and institutions committed to building a diverse, welcoming and inclusive community. LIPN members work to develop their capacity by sharing resources and information aimed at encouraging and supporting our increasingly diverse region.
The Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society of Prince George (IMSS) is the fostering agency for the LIPN. Our long term goal is to develop regional capacity to more effectively attractive, welcoming and integrating newcomers into our communities, workplaces, organizations and institutions. This project is made possible through funding from the government of Canada.