LIPs are a mechanism for the creation of community-based partnerships to coordinate, plan and facilitate opportunities to address the needs of newcomers. These multi-sectoral partnerships include not only government and immigrant-serving organizations, but also the broader community that includes faith organizations, schools, cultural societies, social and recreational groups… and much more.
Is to provide the means by which innovative partnerships can address specific needs in the community. By working together, the collective wisdom of all participants informs the opportunities and outcomes.
In 2019, a Shared Secretariat for Edmonton’s LIP was created, involving ECVO (Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations), MFRS (Multicultural Family Resource Society) and the City of Edmonton. The Shared Secretariat is not taking ownership of Edmonton’s LIP, but is working together to ensure that the new model of Edmonton’s LIP is participatory, people-centred, and considers power dynamics.