Members of the Local Diversity and Immigration Partnership Council (LDIPC) are drawn from diverse sectors of the community representing agencies, school boards, faith groups, local business groups and the Region. The LDIPC has four main objectives:
To create a culture of inclusion
To improve labour market outcomes for newcomers
To attract and retain newcomers
To enhance Durham’s settlement capacity
Local Immigration Partnership Councils throughout Ontario are a mechanism to develop local partnerships and community-based planning around the needs of residents and newcomers. The LDIPC acts as an incubator for ideas, measuring trends, identifying needs and mobilizing the appropriate community resources to meet those needs.
In 2005, the Canada Ontario Immigration Agreement (COIA) was signed by both the federal and provincial levels of government formally acknowledging for the first time that municipalities have a role in the integration and settlement of newcomers to Canada.
Through the Municipal Immigration Committee, the COIA agreement calls for the development of Local Immigration Partnership Councils. These Councils aim to strengthen the role of local communities throughout Ontario in serving and integrating immigrants.
The objectives of a Local Immigration Partnership Council are to create a culture of inclusion; attract and retain newcomers; improve labour market outcomes for newcomers; and develop a settlement and integration plan. Elected officials, representing all eight municipalities in the Region of Durham, recognized the value of these goals and endorsed the creation of the Durham Local Diversity and Immigration Partnership Council (LDIPC), aligning Durham Region with this federal initiative.
Local Immigration Partnership Councils are advisory bodies, assisting in the coordination of existing diversity and settlement initiatives, coordination of new initiatives and overseeing the development and implementation of a community plan.
Many of Durham’s municipalities, educators, service providers and businesses began the journey of integrating the needs of newcomers into planning processes long ago. What was missing was a single body to assist in capturing those activities, identifying emerging needs and planning for the future to ensure the best use of resources, shared best practices and avoiding duplication. The LDIPC meets that need.
Defining the Work
Throughout 2008 and 2009 community consultations took place to gather feedback on what the community’s priorities are for the work of the Durham LDIPC. Consultations included key informant interviews, focus groups, sector specific working groups, an online survey, a literature and research review, two summits, and the findings from over sixty community contributors who helped to develop content for the Durham Immigration Portal. It became evident that the Durham community is ready and eager to see this work move forward.
The community of Durham Region also indicated that diversity in Durham must be defined using the broadest definition of the word. Diversity in Durham is inclusive of all populations including the young, aged, newcomers, minorities, people with disabilities and those of all sexual orientations. As such, in Durham Region, the Local Immigration Partnership Council is named a Local Diversity and Immigration Partnership Council.
Short term, the community recognizes that we are accountable to the mandate set out under the Canada Ontario Immigration Agreement (COIA) and must focus on the needs of newcomers. Long term, this community is proud of its willingness to create a path to weave the complex needs of the broader diverse community into the infrastructure of the Council and its work.
If you would like more information about the community consultations and / or the information gathered through the community consultation process, please contact us.
If you have questions or would like more information about the LDIPC, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Local Diversity & Immigration Partnership Council
605 Rossland Rd. E.
P.O. Box 623
Whitby, ON L1N 6A3
Tel: 905-668-7711 | 1-800-372-1102