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The East Downtown Toronto Local Immigration Partnership has been created to support the objectives of the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement and complement efforts by Canada, Ontario and Toronto to improve immigration outcomes for immigrants and for Toronto as a whole. The geographic boundaries for the Partnership have been established as north of Lakeshore, south of Bloor, east of Yonge and west of the Don River.

Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs) provide a collaborative framework for, and facilitate the development and implementation of, sustainable local and regional solutions for successful integration of immigrants to Toronto. LIPs seek to help communities put immigration on their overall planning agenda in order for communities to benefit from the successful social and economic integration of new immigrants.

Specific objectives are to:

  1. Improve access to, and coordination of, effective services that facilitate immigrant settlement and integration.
  2. Improve access to the labour market for immigrants
  3. Strengthen local capacity to integrate immigrants
  4. Establish or enhance partnerships and participation of multiple stakeholders in planning, and coordinating the delivery of integration services (including settlement, language training, labour-market integration), especially current services supported by the federal government through Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) or through the provincial Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.
  5. To build capacity at the neighbourhood level so a neighbourhood perspective can be brought to strategic thinking on immigration and settlement at the city-wide level.

To this end, the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture has established a partnership council to coordinate the enhancement of neighbourhood partnerships. A partnership council is a group of relevant stakeholders that come together regularly to develop a coordinated, comprehensive and strategic approach to immigration and integration that fits the needs of the neighbourhood it represents. The partnership council would like to invite your agency to send a representative to one or more of the following planning committees: Health/Mental Health, Employment, Training and Language, Housing, Immigration and Settlement, Social and Cultural Inclusion, Newcomer Youth, Newcomer Women, Newcomer Seniors.

For more information please contact: Hanan Harb – LIP Program Manager

194 Jarvis St. 2nd Floor,

Toronto, ON M5B 2B7

Tel: 416 363 1066 Ext.251

Fax: 416 363 2122