The Greater Victoria Local Immigration Partnership – also known as the GVLIP – is a coalition of newcomers, community organizations, government agencies, institutions, businesses and business organizations focused on developing strategies for improving the participation, belonging, and inclusion of newcomers in Greater Victoria.
Greater Victoria is a welcoming, anti-racist, inclusive, equitable, and well-connected community in which everybody has opportunities to thrive, learn, live, work, and play in safety. In its vibrant economy, employers and businesses fully realize the benefits of immigration, newcomers are economically integrated, and their skills and expertise are recognized. Culturally competent health services effectively work in collaboration with community partners to ensure that everybody is healthy in mind, body, and spirit. Everyone, regardless of their background, has access to suitable, appropriate, and affordable housing in a community that has well-connected and thriving neighborhoods with adequate access to basic services, transit, green spaces, and the area as a whole.
- Cultivate Belonging and Learning
- Promote Meaningful Employment
- Promote Good Health and Well-Being
- Access to Housing and the Community
The GVLIP has three main points of engagement:
- Partnership Council: consists of community leaders who represent different sectors (e.g., government, public services, education, business, health care, housing, and settlement) and provide strategic direction to the GVLIP;
- Immigrant Advisory Team: consists of a diverse group of newcomers who advise the council and sector tables;
- Sector Tables: sector-specific working groups that focus on implementing specific annual action plans and foster changes in the community to support the overall strategic goals of the GVLIP.
There are currently four sector tables, corresponding to the four strategic priorities.
African Heritage Association of Vancouver Island (AHAVI), Bayanihan – Filipino Community Centre, BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, BC Construction Association – Integrating Newcomers, CRD Housing, City of Victoria, Continuing Education & Contract Training – Camosun College, Community Engaged Learning – University of Victoria, Epicure, Faculty of Social Sciences – University of Victoria, Francophone Immigration Program, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, Greater Victoria Public Libraries (GVPL), Intercultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA), Island Health, James Bay New Horizons, Saanich Parks and Recreation, School Districts 61 & 63, School of Access – Camosun College, School of Business – University of Victoria, School of Nursing – University of Victoria, School of Social Work – University of Victoria, The Inclusion Project (TiP), VanCity, Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees (VICCIR), Victoria Hospice, Victoria Innovation Advanced Technology & Entrepreneurship Council (VIATEC), Victoria Multicultural Business Connector (VMBC), Westshore Chamber of Commerce, WorkLink BC.
We are continually looking for more organizations to partner with. Please let us know if you are interested in participating.
Want to get involved? We’d love to hear from you! firstname.lastname@example.org
Florentien Verhage, GVLIP Coordinator email@example.com
This strategic plan is a collaborative effort based on community consultations, the insight of local experts, the consideration of national and local research into immigration trends, and most importantly, the lived experiences of newcomers sharing the successes and challenges they have faced in this community.
Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs) are funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to support locally informed approaches to innovate and optimize newcomer integration and belonging. There are currently 80 such coalitions in Canada. For more information about Local Immigration Partnerships, see the following resources: