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Strategic Priorities 2023 - 2028

As a strategic planning body engaged in supporting the development of community-based settlement and integration strategies, the North Shore Immigrant Inclusion Partnership (NSIIP) strives to identify priorities that are aligned with changing local socio-economic contexts and responsive to the emergent needs of im/migrants. To this end, the goal of the NSIIP Strategic Review & Renewal Project was to confirm the relevance and alignment of the strategic priorities laid out in the original 2016-2019 strategic plan—the themes of which continued to shape the NSIIP’s directions and work up until 2022.

For im/migrant communities on the North Shore, in British Columbia, and across Canada, the impacts of the pandemic were significant and profound. When examining im/migrant community-level outcomes related to COVID-19, it is clear that the pandemic deepened existing inequities in our systems and institutions and exacerbated im/migrant exclusion; racism and stigmatization; health vulnerabilities; poverty and access to secure housing; and barriers to labour market integration. 

Other national trends surfaced new challenges in supporting the integration of im/migrants at a local level. These factors included, but were not limited to: changes in migration flows and the priorities identified in Canada’s expanding immigration system; a volatile economic landscape that included lay-offs, high unemployment rates, increased costs of living; and declining mental and physical health resulting from isolation and decreased social and community ties. 

This report is the culmination of a process of strategic review and renewal focused on examining the emerging needs of im/migrant communities across the North Shore in order to identify future NSIIP priorities.

Health and Well-being

Im/migrants access a wide range of coordinated, culturally relevant services on the North Shore that support their health and well-being as individuals and families.

Social Belonging

Newcomers and long-time residents build meaningful relationships that foster a sense of belonging in safe, connected North Shore communities.

Economic Inclusion

Im/migrants are economically integrated in the community and their skills, knowledge, and expertise are recognized as integral to building a vibrant North Shore economy.

Civic Engagement

Im/migrants are actively engaged in civic life and guide the growth and development of equitable North Shore communities.

The North Shore Immigrant Inclusion Partnership honors and recognizes that our collective work is carried out on the traditional, ancestral, unceded, and occupied territories of the Skwxwú7mesh  (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and  xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (MusqueamPeoples.

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