Submitted by Steven Lorenzo Baileys, Community Development Coordinator
In late March 2017, the Greater Victoria Local Immigration Partnership (GVLIP) recently unveiled its new logo and released a Community Challenge Paper (CCP) to kick-start the next phase of the GVLIP initiative.
What is the Greater Victoria Local Immigration Partnership (GVLIP)?
The GVLIP is a cross-sector initiative funded by the Government of Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Coordinated by ICA, the GVLIP brings together key community stakeholder agencies and businesses, many of whom are members of the Community Partnership Network, to look at creating a regional immigration settlement and integration strategy for our growing and changing community.
GVLIP Challenge Paper and Community Dialogue
The GVLIP recently drafted and circulated the Community Challenge Paper to key stakeholders. This paper is designed to spark a dialogue about how we can make the Greater Victoria region more welcoming for newcomers. An accompanying online survey then invites stakeholders to provide feedback and check assumptions around a range of topics related to immigration, refugee resettlement, inclusiveness, and how we can best ensure the effective integration of newcomers.
In the coming weeks, the feedback from the challenge paper will be gathered and ultimately shared at an upcoming community dialogue to be hosted at the Pacific Opera Victoria on April 18, 2017. Working with the GVLIP’s lead facilitator Keith Jones, invited community members, and key stakeholders will share and explore views on what a welcoming and inclusive Greater Victoria should look like. This will lay the foundation for the creation of a regional immigrant integration strategic plan to be developed in the coming year.
This phase of the GVLIP project is being “co-championed” by the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA), Vancity Savings, and the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS).
If you are interested in learning more about the GVLIP click here: http://www.icavictoria.org/community/local-immigration-partnership/
For information about the GVLIP initiative, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The GVLIP is funded by the Government of Canada – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)