The Durham Local Immigration Partnership Council (DLIP) has three main working groups. They work toward meeting the objectives and goals identified in the Durham Diversity and Immigration Community Plan. These working groups inform discussions at the DLIP. For more information about joining a DLIP Working Group, please email

Community Partners in Diversity

Community Partners in Diversity (CPD) is the largest working group of the Durham Local Immigration Partnership Council (DLIP). Members of the CPD bring the voice of the broader community to the discussions at the DLIP table. Two-way communication between the Community Partners in Diversity group and the DLIP is essential. Both groups are standing items on the other's agenda.

The CPD defines diversity as the presence of a wide range of human qualities and attributes within a group, organization, or society. The dimensions of diversity include, but are not limited to, ancestry, culture, ethnicity, gender, identity, language, physical and intellectual ability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status[1].


The purpose of the CPD is to accelerate settlement outcomes for newcomers and to meet the needs of all residents by:

. Increasing knowledge about organizations and services that affect diverse groups in the community

. Improving and increasing referrals and use of existing services

. Sharing resources, data and best practices

. Networking

. Identifying gaps in service or capacity in the community

. Sustaining and updating information on the portal

. Identifying information gaps on the portal

. Informing the work of the LDIPC

. Receiving information from the LDIPC

The CPD meets quarterly. Membership in the CPD is open to all community members.

Francophone Partners Working Group
There are a number of community partners working with Francophone newcomers in Durham Region. The Francophone Partners Working Group meets three to four times a year. They discuss programs, services and new initiatives within the Francophone community. The purpose of this group is to share information between the broader community and the smaller Francophone community in Durham. 
Newcomer Advisory Table

Recruitment for members of the Newcomer Advisory Table

The Durham Local Immigration Partnership (DLIP) is setting a new direction toward advancing diversity and inclusion across Durham Region.

The DLIP is seeking Durham residents, who can provide first-hand experience and insight as a newcomer, to form the Newcomer Advisory Table (NAT).

The NAT will help to inform the strategic direction of DLIP and will support the work of the DLIP and its various action groups. Candidates should expect to commit to: three to four meetings per year; assigned reading or tasks between meetings; and requests to circulate information and resources with members’ own networks.

Members will serve a one-year term, starting with the first NAT meeting to be held in January 2024 (date to be confirmed), with an option to renew.


NAT candidates are residents of Durham Region who were born outside of Canada with experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Knowledge on gaining employment with a Canadian employer.
  • Live in Durham.
  • Be an advocate for supporting newcomers.
  • Applying for entry, residence and/or citizenship in Canada through provincial and/or federal immigration and citizenship programs.

Submission process

Please submit your application detailing your interest in becoming a member of the NAT, including the following: 

  • Your full name. 
  • Your phone number and email address.
  • The Durham municipality in which you live or work.
  • Your occupation or profession.
  • Year of arrival in Canada.
  • In addition, please answer the following questions (maximum 250-word response for each):           
    • Why are you interested in becoming a member of the NAT?
    • Describe your experience as a newcomer to Canada, including any of the areas listed above.
    • What do you believe to be key issues surrounding diversity, immigration and inclusion in Durham communities and organizations?
    • What skills do you have that make you a strong advisor? (For example, you are well-connected in your community and able to assist with outreach, etc.).

Submissions are due December 7 at 11:59 p.m.

Please email submissions to

If you do not have access to email, please send your submission to the following address: 

Local Diversity and Immigration Partnership Council

c/o Jessica Batres

605 Rossland Road East

P.O. Box 623

Whitby, ON L1N 6A3


All submissions will be assessed according to evaluation criteria reflective of the purpose of the LDIPC and the NAT.

Please direct questions about this request to or to Jessica Batres, Policy Advisor, at 905-668-4113 ext. 1774.

For additional information, please see the following resources:

[1]This is the definition used by the Durham District School Board and one which members of the CPD felt most closely aligns with the work being done in Durham.

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