Our Recent Activities and Projects
In November 2014, the NSIIP began a Community Research and Consultation process, which includes five components:
- Community Service Provider Consultation,
- Employer Consultations and Online Survey,
- Review of North Shore Immigrant Demographics,
- Immigrant Focus Groups and Survey, and
- Community Leader Consultations.
The research and the findings from the consultations were used to inform the development of a Local Immigration Strategic Plan for the North Shore and guide the work of the NSIIP from 2016-2021. The Strategic Plan was launched in 2016 – read about it here.
- NSIIP Summary of Community Service Provider Input
- NSIIP Employer Survey – Key Findings Report
- North Shore Employer Survey Highlights
- Immigrants and The North Shore Labour Market
- North Shore – A Community of Newcomers
- Summary of NSIIP Immigrant Focus Groups
- Summary of Community Conversation Adults
- Summary of Community Conversation Teens
- Full Report: Consultations with North Shore Leaders
- Two Page Summary: North Shore Leaders Offer Their Views
- Report: North Shore Immigrant Survey
Implementing the Strategic Plan
We have been working with partners on the North Shore to move forward on the strategic actions and priorities identified in our Strategic Plan. See the updates on our working groups.
Community Research and Consultation
Community Service Provider Consultation
In November of 2014, 80 service providers representing 35 North Shore agencies gathered to review and provide input to current immigrant integration barriers and issues and provide direction on what needs to be done to make the North Shore a better place for newcomers.
Prior to the consultation a short survey was distributed to registrants. Survey respondents identified the following dimensions of a welcoming and inclusive community as areas of focus for the North Shore:
– Access to Employment / Employment Equity
– Mutual Trust
– Voice and Cultural Expression / Community Representation
– Intercultural Relationships
– Belonging and Choosing to Stay
The findings from the Pre-Consultation Survey were used to guide small group discussions at the Consultation. Attendees were given the opportunity to focus on two of the dimensions where they had the most expertise and interest. In these small groups, participants were asked to identify issues related to the dimension and then to brainstorm solutions.
The input captured at the Consultation has been captured in the NSIIP Summary of Community Service Provider Input. This input will be used as a starting point for the NSIIP and its stakeholders in considering what to do next in establishing the strategic priorities for enhancing immigrant integration on the North Shore.
See photos from the November Community Service Provider Event here.
January to March 2015
During February and March 2015, 115 of the region’s major employers were consulted to understand the skill and labour shortages specific to the North Shore, potential employment/career entry points for new immigrants, and barriers to hiring internationally trained workers.
The 115 respondents included representation from all three of the large communities of the North Shore, as well as a cross-section of “for profit”, “not for profit” and government, sectors and varying sizes of business. The findings have been captured into a four page summary as well as a full report.
Full Report: NSIIP Employer Survey – Key Findings Report
Four Page Summary: North Shore Employer Survey Highlights
Review North Shore Immigrant Demographics
The NSIIP reviewed Census data to develop a two page summary of key immigrant demographic information. The North Shore – A Community of Newcomers is a snapshot that provides the demographic context for the work being undertaken by the NSIIP.
Immigrant Focus Groups and on-line Survey
Spring and Summer 2015
In early 2015, the Project Team embarked on obtaining the opinions, perspectives and insights of immigrant on belonging and inclusion on the North Shore.
Focus Groups and Community Conversations
In April 2015, seven focus groups with immigrants from across the North Shore were planned and facilitated. Nearly 100 individuals participated in the focus groups. All input was transcribed and later compiled and analyzed for key themes. The Summary of NSIIP Immigrant Focus Groups can be viewed here.
In addition to the Focus Groups, the NSIIP Project Team supported the planning and implementation of numerous “North Shore Community Conversations”. These “conversations” are based on the principles of the Harwood Institute and the intent of this style of conversation is to provide a safe space for people to share their aspirations for their communities. The conversations were led by community partners, many of whom are members of the NSIIP. Another 100 individuals participated in these conversations. The sharing at the conversations has been compiled and themed and presented as The Summary of Community Conversation Adults and Summary of Community Conversation Teens.
Between these two series of consultations nearly 200 immigrants were consulted. Youth, working aged individuals and seniors were included. Participants also came from a range of occupational backgrounds, countries of origin and lengths of time in Canada.
North Shore Immigrant Inclusion Survey
To ensure the voice and perspectives of North Shore immigrants, the survey was conducted between June 22 and July, 2015, was completed by 420 immigrants. The full report was release in May, 2016.
Community Leader Consultations
May 2015 – September 2015
Over the summer of 2015, the NSIIP organized and facilitated two forums with more than 40 leaders from across the North Shore. These community leaders were asked to identify priority issues, what’s working and what needs improvement and how they might support the NSIIP and its work. The input and insights of participants have been summarized in the following full report as well as a two page summary.
Developing the Local Immigration Strategic Plan
October 2015 – March 2016
All research and consultation work described above was reviewed and used to develop a meaningful and measureable Immigrant Integration Strategic Plan for the North Shore. The resulting plan or blueprint will guide the work of the council and its working groups from 2016 to 2021. Read the full plan at here.
40% of labour force
age 15 years and over, in West Vancouver are made up of immigrants.
Source: 2011 NHS
54.8% of recent immigrants
in the City of North Vancouver speak non-official languages most often at home.
Source: 2011 NHS
22.5% of immigrants
in the City of North Vancouver are recent immigrants (landed in Canada between 2006 and 2011).
Source: 2011 NHS
live in the City of North Vancouver
Source: 2011 Census
33% of immigrants
in the District of North Vancouver speak non-official languages at home
Source: 2011 NHS
live in West Vancouver and 17.5% are recent immigrants
Source: 2011 Census