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4.8.1

Continue to support the Immigration Partnership in its work to coordinate efforts to attract, welcome and integrate immigrants and refugees in our community.

greenstatus Final update (September 2014)
The Waterloo Region Immigration Partnership is a comprehensive collaboration with local community stakeholders and the Region of Waterloo. This Partnership is responsible for developing and implementing strategies that facilitate successful settlement, integration and community engagement of immigrants and refugees in
Waterloo Region.

Staff from various departments within the Region participate actively within the Immigration Partnership and this ensures staff and community members are continually engaged in dialogue, which supports mutual learning and understanding of the needs of immigrants. A developmental evaluation was completed and recommendations implemented to ensure continuous improvement and enhancement to the partnership. A settlement systems-mapping process was conducted through the support of various departments within the Region. The results of this research helped inform funding applications for settlement services locally.

The Region provides administrative and financial management support to the Partnership, and was successful in their applications to funders. The Immigration Partnership Council has recently reviewed their mandate, and revised the Community Action Plan which was launched in the Spring of 2014 and will guide the work of the Partnership going forward.

Among its other notable achievements are:

  • Working in collaboration with the Social Planning Council, the Community Information Centre of Waterloo and other community partners to develop the Waterloo Region Settlement Services Directory to reduce the settlement and integration difficulties experienced by immigrants and refugees;
  • Collaborating with the Homelessness and Housing Umbrella Group, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Supportive Housing of Waterloo to develop housing information sessions focused on immigrants and refugees for 20 housing stability organisation representatives and community members to address the need for more information/understanding about this population;
  • Engaging over 750 employers, 75 service providers and 650 internationally trained professionals through training seminars and networking events, such as the Global Skills Conference, to promote the hiring of immigrants and raise awareness and increase the capacity of employers to address the challenges met in diversifying workforces;
  • Partnering with the Region of Waterloo’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategy team to organise a community event on Immigrant Civic Participation where the Maytree Foundation delivered a keynote address to 126 attendees which resulted in several local agencies jointly developing a program to make leadership training, skill development and support available to immigrants and refugees;
  • Conducting research to establish a baseline report on visible minority representation in public, non-profit and corporate leadership in Waterloo Region;
  • Supporting the planning, development and promotion of community events for World Refugee Day 2013 and 2014.

The Region provides administrative and financial management support to the Partnership, and was successful in their applications to funders. The Immigration Partnership Council has recently reviewed their mandate, and through an extensive community consultation

Progress Update (September 2013)

The Region of Waterloo has been a collaborative and generous host for the Immigration Partnership. The Region continues to create opportunities for the Partnership to collaborate internally through the Dialogues on Diversity, membership on internal committees and Staff from various departments within the Region participate actively within the Immigration Partnership. This ensures staff and community members and partners are continually engaged in dialogue, which supports mutual learning and understanding of the needs, and creates possibilities in how we can better support immigrants and refugees to settle, work and belong in Waterloo Region. A developmental evaluation was completed and recommendations implemented to ensure the partnership continually improves and enhances the partnership. A settlement systems mapping process was conducted, through the support of various departments within the Region such as Social Planning Policy & Program Administration, Information Technology Services, Information Services (GIS) and community partners. The results of this research helped inform funding applications for settlement services locally. The Region provides administrative and financial management support to the Partnership, and was successful in their applications to funders for year 3 of the initiative. The Immigration Partnership Council has recently reviewed their mandate, role and structure. Further review and implementation continues.

Progress Update (January 2013)

The Immigration Partnership began its implementation phase in April 2011.  Since then, the Immigration Partnership has established a number of action groups and ad hoc task groups to address issues related to settling, working, and belonging in Waterloo Region. 

One of the successes in the partnership's first year has been the creation of an integrated immigration portal in Waterloo Region.  This project involved various Regional divisions such as ITS, Citizen Service, the CAO's office and the Immigration Partnership and is an excellent example of the commitment to collaboration that exists within the Region of Waterloo. 

Progress Indicators

  • Successful integration of WRIEN with LIPC
  • Successful LIPC start-up
  • Achievement of actions in LIP C plan

 

greenindicator   Strong progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (PDF)
yellowindicator   Moderate progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (RTF)
redindicator   Progress needed   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (Flash)