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 works with community stakeholders to create welcoming communities across Durham Region. Priorities for this work are set out in the Durham Diversity and Immigration Community Plan. In developing the plan, the community identified the following four priority areas:
To create a culture of inclusion
Support labour market attachment of newcomers
Engage employers in attracting and retaining a diverse workforce
Support two-way integration of diverse populations
Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs) throughout Canada 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.
History of LIPs
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 called 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. Elected officials, representing all eight municipalities in the Region of Durham, recognized the value of this 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.
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