- How do we build a more welcoming and inclusive Cape Breton?
- How can we work together to make it easier for newcomers to settle here?
These are the questions at the heart of the Cape Breton Local Immigration Partnership (CBLIP).
The Cape Breton Partnership recognizes that immigration will continue to play a key role in the economic future of Cape Breton. To support better immigration outcomes, the Partnership administers the CBLIP – a collaborative, community initiative designed to improve the integration of newcomers in Cape Breton. Launched in June 2017, the CBLIP works at the local level to foster a community that is welcoming and inclusive and to support newcomers to become fully engaged in the social, economic, political, and cultural life of Cape Breton.
This is achieved through focus on four priority areas:
- Improving the coordination of settlement and integration services;
- Raising awareness around the needs of newcomers;
- Supporting community-level research and planning; and
- Fostering welcoming communities.
The CBLIP is one of many Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs) sponsored by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This federal initiative addresses the growing need for systematic community planning around immigrant attraction and retention.
LIPs are underpinned by the understanding that:
- Newcomers play an important role in the Canadian economy and society;
- In the near future, some industries and regions will depend on immigration to fulfill their labour needs;
- Municipalities and community groups are best positioned to improve settlement and integration outcomes for newcomers; and
- The provision of basic settlement services is not sufficient to ensure success – consideration of newcomer needs must be incorporated into all aspects of community planning.