Local Immigration Partnership

Local Immigration Partnership


For the last ten years, close to 80 federally supported Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs) have been developed across Canada to systematize, support, and bridge local engagement in the settlement of newcomers. Organizations and communities often work in “silos.” This dynamic can lead to a range of policies, practices, and visions that are disconnected, duplicate, or contrary to each other.

The Greater Victoria Local Immigration Partnership – also known as the GVLIP – is a coalition between immigrant communities, community leaders, and local institutions and organizations that is focused on improving the participation, belonging, and inclusion of newcomers in the Greater Victoria Area. We develop strategies, share information, connect people, develop tools, and advocate for newcomers.


CollaborateThe GVLIP is built on a foundation of collaboration and partnership.

  • We are community-driven and collectively committed to creating an equitable and shared future in which everyone thrives
  • We understand that working together and supporting diverse communities (including indigenous communities) is at the heart of healthy and inclusive community building

RespondThe GVLIP is responsive to the local needs and aspirations of newcomers and the communities we live in.

  • Dedicated to taking an intersectional, decolonial, and anti-racist approach, we listen to the varied voices of newcomers and community members, especially those most marginalized

Evaluate The GVLIP is results-oriented and dedicated to making a real difference in the community.

  • We keep informed about changing local and global demographics, immigration policies and trends, best practices for instituting communal change, and regularly check in with different newcomer groups and local settlers and indigenous communities


Greater Victoria is a welcoming, inclusive, 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. People from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds have access to suitable and appropriate housing in a community that has well-connected and thriving neighborhoods in which all residents have adequate access to basic services, transit green spaces, and the area as a whole.


The GVLIP has three main points of engagement:

  1. 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
  2. Immigrant Advisory Team consists of a diverse group of newcomers who advise the council and sector tables
  3. Sector Tables are 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:
    • Belonging and Learning
    • Meaningful Employment
    • Good Health and Well-Being
    • Access to Suitable Housing and Community.

Current partners:  African Heritage Association of Vancouver Island (AHAVI), BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, BC Construction Association, Camosun, Chemistry Consulting, City of Victoria, CRD Housing, Epicure, Filipino Association, 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, Saanich Police, School Districts 61 & 63, The Inclusion Project (TiP), University of Victoria, 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? Contact Us gvlip@icavictoria.org


Florentien Verhage, GVLIP Coordinator fverhage@icavictoria.org
Parijat Bhattacharjee, Communications Facilitator pbhattacharjee@icavictoria.org

For more information see the following resources:


Greater Victoria Local Immigration Partnership: The First 18 Months (2016)

GVLIP Report


This report was created in partnership with ICA and the Institute for Studies and Innovation in Community University Engagement (ISICUE) at the University of Victoria. It includes research into the integration experiences of immigrants in the community. The data is based on findings from surveys and interviews with newcomers and service providers conducted in 2015.

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Strategic Plan and Challenge Dialogue Synopsis (2017)

GVLIP Strate Plan Cover


This document includes a summary of the Challenge Dialogue hosted in 2017 and the framework for a strategic plan.

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