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Sarnia-Lambton Local Immigration Partnership (LIP)

About Us

The Sarnia-Lambton Local Immigration Partnership or SL-LIP, a leader in immigrant research and knowledge sharing, is a community-wide, multi-sectoral partnership that works to increase collaboration between settlement agencies and smooth the settlement and integration experiences of newcomers. SL-LIP is housed with the County of Lambton and made up of a Council which oversees immigrant resettlement activities and sector working groups which study gaps in the immigration and settlement experience and implement activities based strategies to fill them. The function of the Sarnia-Lambton Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) Council is to provide guidance and direction in the development and implementation of the LIP Settlement Strategy with the goal of building Sarnia and Lambton's capacity as a welcoming community for newcomers, immigrants and refugees. During the first phase of the initiative the federally funded Sarnia-Lambton LIP used varying research methodology to gather data from both settlement and non-settlement service providers and employers to develop a Settlement Strategy that works to address challenges and barriers to the successful social and economic integration of immigrants and newcomers. The Strategy contains recommendations including action steps that guide Working Groups in the implementation of activities and is organized by five priority areas of focus called Pillars: Employment, Settlement & Language, Coordination of Services, Research and Public Awareness.

The Sarnia-Lambton LIP is made up of a Community Council, support staff and Working Groups. The SL-LIP Council is guided by a Terms of Reference that is revised annually by a small committee of membership and agreed upon by all members. LIP Council currently includes members from 23 organizations who represent the following seven sectors: Immigrants and Newcomers, Settlement Services, Employment and Economic Development, Education, Business, Community Services, Culture and Recreation.

Working Groups have been established to support each of the five Pillars that consist of SL-LIP Council members and relevant community stakeholders. Each Pillar Working Group has a minimum of one LIP Council member that serves to report back to the larger Council table to update members on activities being undertaken from the Work Plan. Working Groups (with support staff) are responsible for: Defining responsibilities and objectives of the group under each Pillar; contributing to revisions of the Work Plan when necessary, based upon Pillar objectives; carrying out the activities necessary for implementing the strategy; and reporting back to SL-LIP at bi-monthly meetings. Council members meet every other month to guide SL-LIP staff and implement activities detailed in the Settlement Strategy Work Plan. The Work Plan is also reviewed and updated regularly to ensure that activities being undertaken are reflective of the needs of both newcomers and the community in which they reside.

Objectives

The overall objective of the SL-LIP is to develop sustainable solutions for the integration and well-being of newcomers, immigrants and refugees that strengthen: Employment outcomes; newcomer service outcomes; social integration outcomes; positive attitudes of all community members towards cultural diversity and newcomers, immigrants and refugees; access to suitable health care; education opportunities; housing outcomes; and access to affordable transportation.

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This Web site is generously supported by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and by the Government of Canada through Citizenship and Immigration Canada.