Members of the Durham Local Immigration Partnership Council (DLIP) are drawn from diverse sectors of the community representing agencies, institutions, local business groups and the Region. The DLIP 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 DLIP acts as an incubator for ideas, measuring trends, identifying needs and mobilizing the appropriate community resources to meet those needs.

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 DLIP meets that need. 

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