Submitted by Steven Baileys, Community Development Coordinator
On March 31, more than 80 members of the Community Partnership Network (CPN) and the Greater Victoria Local Immigration Partnership (GVLIP) celebrated the release of the 2016 report: “Greater Victoria Local Immigration Partnership: Our First 18 Months”.
The event was hosted at the Royal BC Museum and included representatives from government, education, health, businesses and community service agencies.As the goal of the GVLIP is to foster community collaboration and promote the effective integration of newcomer immigrants in the Greater Victoria region, developing a regional immigration integration strategy is the long-term goal of the GVLIP.
The research and report were undertaken in partnership with ICA and the UVic Institute for Studies and Innovation in Community University Engagement (ISICUE). The research included input from hundreds of immigrant newcomers and service providers to learn about their experiences with the integration of newcomer immigrants in our community.
Key findings from the report included:
- Employment: Over 50% of newcomers identified affordable child care, English language acquisition, and education/training opportunities as being key elements to ensure access to meaningful employment.
- Community Engagement: 27% of newcomers volunteer at their children’s school and view such engagement opportunities as a key and important way to feel connected with their new community.
- Housing: More than 43% of newcomer respondents own their homes while more than 47% of newcomers rent their homes.
The complete GVLIP report is available at here.