Welcome to the Waterloo Region Immigration Partnership
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The Waterloo Region Immigration Partnership has a community-wide commitment to support and integrate immigrants in Waterloo Region. It was created on the conviction that successful settlement and integration is a mutually beneficial process that involves both immigrants and the broader community engaging in a process of mutual learning and inter-relatedness. Our definition of "Immigrants" includes people who immigrated a long time ago or more recently, refugees and refugee claimants, immigrants who are and are not Canadian citizens and all newcomers to Canada, who are living in Waterloo Region.
Our visionWaterloo Region will be a community where immigrants and refugees can settle, work and belong.
Our missionThe Immigration Partnership helps facilitate successful settlement, integration and community involvement of immigrants and refugees in Waterloo Region.
Who are we?We are a community partnership of organizations and community representatives in settlement, health, community, social services, business, employment and education systems that believe by working together, we enhance our collective potential for positive impact to support the successful settlement and integration of immigrants locally. There are over 100 organizations and community members engaged in our partnership.
What do we do?We create and enhance existing partnerships, share information, coordinate initiatives and plan and implement collaborative strategies for change. We developed a local settlement and integration strategy and work together to implement the actions to achieve these goals:
1. Facilitation of a multi-sectoral partnership to foster inclusive and responsive environments for immigrants
2. Communication to stakeholders and the broader public to strengthen awareness and capacity to successfully integrate immigrants
3. Improvements in coordination of and access to services that facilitates immigrant settlement
4. Improved labour market outcomes for immigrants
5. Strengthened local and regional awareness and capacity to successfully integrate immigrants in our communities
The power of three!Our work is divided into three pillar domains: Settle, Work and Belong. Settle, Work and Belong represents essential elements for making newcomer's adjustment to life in Waterloo Region an easier process. It's about faciliating settlement issues faced by newcomers, finding employment that matches their education and skills, plus ensuring they feel connected to and participate actively within the community.