What is NSIIP?
The North Shore Immigrant Inclusion Partnership (NSIIP) is a coalition of community agencies and institutions focused on improving the settlement outcomes of new immigrants.
Originally known as the North Shore Welcoming Action Committee (NSWAC), NSIIP fosters engagement of local organizations and community assets to support research and planning, drive social innovations, and improve coordination of services to enhance newcomers’ prospects for settling and integrating into the North Shore community.
In 2016, NSIIP developed a Strategic Plan to focus on reducing systemic barriers to immigrant integration at local and regional levels. Its development was informed by extensive research and consultations with service providers, immigrants (including our Immigrant Advisory Council), community leaders, employers, and North Shore residents.
The North Shore is an inclusive community where everyone has a sense of belonging.
To work collaboratively to support North Shore residents and organizations, and ensure all immigrants have opportunities to fully participate economically, socially, and civically.
Our Purpose Statement
The North Shore Immigrant Inclusion Partnership (NSIIP) will:
- Systematize collaborative local engagement of service providers and other institutions in immigrant integration processes
- Support community level research and strategic planning
- Share and promote promising practices, research and information related to intercultural diversity and the development of welcoming and inclusive communities
- Increase awareness of and engagement in intercultural diversity issues across North Shore communities
- Promote cultural diversity in leadership positions
- Increase awareness of existing immigrant integration programs, services and information
- Work to remove barriers to inclusion and ensure immigrants have opportunities to take equal and active roles in the social, economic, and political life in the community
Local Immigration Partnership (LIP)
NSIIP is a part of Canada’s nationwide coalition of Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs). When the Department of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) repatriated settlement funding to the national level in 2014, 19 LIPS were funded across the province, with many more across the country. Since then, LIPs have been instrumental in building on local services to enhance collaboration, coordination, and strategic planning to make communities across Canada more welcoming and inclusive.
LIPs do not deliver services directly to immigrants. Instead, they foster local engagement of organizations that offer services to newcomers, support community-level research and planning and improve coordination of services that help immigrants settle and integrate. Membership in LIPs reflects a diversity of services within each community. Libraries, schools, hospitals, employment services, chambers of commerce, employers, local government, neighbourhood houses and women, child and senior services are some examples of typical LIP members, as they interact with newcomers regularly and can make recommendations about their needs.