"Welcoming Communities are places that have a strong desire to receive newcomers and where everyone works to create an environment within which newcomers feel at home."
Immigration, which has always been a part of Canada’s history, brings vibrancy, diversity and economic growth with it. It is estimated that people from over 55 countries currently reside in the City of Lethbridge. Lethbridge has become home to over 1500 Bhutanese refugees and even more recently since as of July 2017, approximately 330 refugees from Syria have made Lethbridge home.
Often the first few years of a new immigrant’s life here can be a time of excitement. But, it can also be a time full of frustration and isolation, as newcomers navigate through many barriers such as a new language, unrecognized work experience and credentials, housing, new customs and new social rules and expectations. Many newcomers are also dealing with the scars of war and violence as well as grief and worry having left loved ones behind.
Who We Are
Lethbridge Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is a community development initiative which officially began in June 2016. Funded by Immigrants Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) it is one of several LIP initiatives established in municipalities across Canada beginning in 2008, with more to come. In June 2017 there were 77 in total.
Each of the LIPs initiatives across the country are tasked with creating a local immigration strategic plan unique to their area. Our plan will consist of identified barriers to a newcomer’s settlement and community inclusion, along with clear and measurable outcomes, intended actions supported by timelines for completion.
Our goal is to identify and reduce barriers facing newcomers and ensuring that we are providing a welcoming and inclusive community for all who call Lethbridge home.
What We Do
Lethbridge LIP seeks to collaborate with, strengthen and work together with local residents, community agencies, initiatives, organizations, businesses and government agencies. And, at the same time, through conversation, research, public education, strategic assessment, we will identify gaps, needs and offer sustainable solutions.