Two surveys were sent out to community partners that primarily support newcomers and immigrants, to gain an understanding of client needs during the COVID-10 pandemic, what was being done to support these needs, and what additional could be done. The following report, available in both English and French, is a summary of the survey findings.
The Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership (WE LIP) is an initiative of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to encourage communities across Ontario to develop a comprehensive plan for the delivery of newcomer services. The WE LIP initiative represents a process to examine the whole system of services currently available and considers how the system could be enhanced to facilitate access to service and to promote the long-term settlement and integration of immigrant newcomers into Windsor and Essex County.
In November 2008, the City of Windsor was given the lead for the Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership (WE LIP) initiative by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), formerly Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
The Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership (WE LIP) engages stakeholders through information sharing, events and a locally-driven strategic planning process to help make Windsor-Essex a more welcoming and inclusive community. The partnership strives to assist non-settlement service providers and the community in developing a greater understanding of newcomer needs and services.
Our goal is to create a community where newcomers and citizens can achieve a higher quality of life and reach their full potential. We strive to accomplish this by fostering community, which contributes to our mutual goal ~ that every new member of our community feels like they truly belong and can successfully contribute to the social and economic fabric of Windsor-Essex.
To provide better outcomes, our key objectives include:
January, 2009 marked the first meeting of the Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership Council, an assembly of committed stakeholders working towards a common goal ~ creating a welcoming community for newcomers to Windsor-Essex.
In April 2010, A Community Plan to Promote the Settlement and Integration of Immigrants in Windsor and Essex County was submitted to City and County Councils and to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The full report and the Executive Summary are attached in PDF format in English and French:
Over that summer, the Partnership Council continued to meet to refine the strategies outlined in the original report. In September 2010, a follow-up report was submitted to IRCC. The document, Moving Forward…A Supplement to a Community Plan to Promote the Settlement and Integration of Immigrants in Windsor and Essex County produced the following:
The Moving Forward report is available in English and French.
We are collecting data to better understand who is looking for work and what kind of opportunities jobseekers are searching for. This data is completely anonymous and non-personally identifiable.