Local Immigration Partnership

Lanark County

The Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is an Ontario-wide initiative originated in early 2008 and funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), in cooperation with the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) through the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement (COIA).

Our purpose is to strengthen the role of local communities across the province in integrating and serving the newcomer population.

The Local Immigration Partnership Council (LIPC)
Sub-Committee for Lanark County

The Local Immigration Partnership Council’s (LIPC) primary purpose is to act as a community advisory body lending direction to the execution of the Rural Mosaic: Building on Strengths and Seizing Opportunities Strategic Plan for Renfrew and Lanark Counties that will serve to employ collaboration, research, and positive strength-based leadership, complemented by a focus on competitive economic sustainability, in order to foster a welcoming and healthy community.

Members of the LIPC will provide leadership, wisdom, and industry specific knowledge of challenges and opportunities that directly relate to settlement issues. The group will help identify gaps in services for newcomers, help determine best-practices for attracting new Canadians to our area, and engage in worthwhile discussions and activities concerning the enhancement of diversity in Renfrew and Lanark Counties as a means to economic stability and growth.

Chéla Breckon
Project Manager
Local Immigration Partnership of Renfrew and Lanark
220 Pembroke Street East
Pembroke, ON K8A 3J7
ph. 613-735-4292
fax. 613-735-5761
mb. 613-585-2477
tf. 1-855-730-4224
immigrationpartnership@gmail.com (General)

Kate Walker
Project Officer
Local Immigration Partnership of Renfrew and Lanark
220 Pembroke Street East
Pembroke, ON K8A 3J7
T: 613-735-4292 | F: 613-735-5761
Toll-Free: 1-855-730-4224
immigrationpartnership@gmail.com (General)

For more information about the Local Immigration Partnership please visit http://www.algonquincollege.com/renfrewlanark/lip/

Smiths Falls

The Smiths Falls Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) Council was officially established on May 16, 2011 when the appointments to the newly formed LIP Council were approved by Smiths Falls Town Council.

Members were (in alphabetical order): Peter Au, Pauline Anderson, Rima Aristocrat, Melinda Billett, Sarah Bridson, Karen Burns, Yohan Byrde, Kristina Crosbie, Councillor Ken Graham, Sandy Grey, Kevin Grimes, Ming Shan Gu, Daphne Lane, David Lawrence, Kim Leach, Karen Schecter, Michelle Toop, Rev. J. Angel Valentin, and Klaas Van Der Meer.

Among the various settlement services, other community organizations and businesses represented on the new LIP Council were the Chinese and Canadian Heritage Cultural Association; TR Leger Immigrant Services; Willis College of Business, Health and Technology; Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit; United Way of Lanark County; Welcome Wagon and Smiths Falls Free Methodist Church, as well as newcomers to the Smiths Falls area.

The LIP Council acts as a strategic planning body that works to coordinate and enhance the integration of newcomers in the community.

The first term of the LIP Council extended until March 31, 2012, to coincide with the completion of Phase One of the project. During that phase, the members of the council helped to develop a local settlement strategy and a corresponding implementation plan, meanwhile gathering the information and feedback necessary to support these deliverables.  As part of that work, consultations took place with newcomers, employers and service providers in the community.

Smiths Falls is one of 45 LIP communities in Ontario with funding for the project being provided by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The Town of Smiths Falls is the project partner.

Kara Turner
Project and Community Engagement Coordinator
Phone: 613-283-4124, ext. 1151
Email: kturner@smithsfalls.ca

Emily Morrison
Administration Assitant
Phone: 613-283-4124, ext. 1150
Email: emorrison@smithsfalls.ca

For more information about the Smiths Falls LIP please visit https://www.smithsfalls.ca/people-programs/benefits-support/immigration-resources/