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A "welcoming community" is one that is able to create and build a friendly and supportive environment while retaining youth, developing a vibrant economy, and highlighting its character and natural ...

A "welcoming community" is one that is able to create and build a friendly and supportive environment while retaining youth, developing a vibrant economy, and highlighting its character and natural beauty, making it a special place in which to live.
- CIRRO Overview, 2009

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    Leaders’ Roundtable on Immigration Leaders’ Roundtable on Immigration Presentation Transcript

    • Leaders’ Roundtable on Immigration October 17 th , 2010 David Paul, City of Brockville
    • OUTLINE
      • Background
      • Immigration Advantage
      • The CIRRO Initiative
      • Financial Resources
      • Welcoming Communities program
      • Leeds and Grenville Immigration Partnership
      • Next steps
    • BACKGROUND – Brockville
      • Total population 24,000 with trade area of 50,000
      • Population growth below natural replacement level
      • Youth out-migration and retiree in-migration
      • 8% over national average of 60 + years population
      • Low % of immigrant population
      • Only 0.5 % of total population are recent immigrants who
      • arrived between 2001-2006 (Ontario’s average - 4.8%)
      • Workforce crisis if current trends continue
    • IMMIGRATION ADVANTAGE
      • Demographic diversification – Younger families
      • Attraction of talent – Skilled labor
      • New businesses – Investment and Entrepreneurship
      • International bridge – Economic and Educational
      • Cultural diversity – Innovation and Creativity gains
      • Strengthening pillars of economic growth – human
      • capital, investment and innovation.
      • Sustainability for our Future
      • CIRRO STRATEGY
        • A bottom-up approach, strengths and challenges (Community Stakeholders)
        • A collaborative structure (CIRRO Steering Committee)
        • An evidence-based approach (Documentation and Tools Production)
      HOW TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN NEW CANADIANS?
    • COMMUNITY PARTNERS
        • Developed key partnerships:
          • The United Way of Leeds and Grenville, in its capacity as a regional community building organization
          • Brockville and District Multicultural Council, in its capacity as the umbrella network for area ethno-cultural groups
        • Worked with partners to involve more than 20 organizations
        • from across the region
    • SECURING FUNDING
      • Gathered newcomers to Canada in the region to understand
      • desires and needs
      • Subsequently gathered community stakeholders to identify gaps
      • in regional service provision
      • With project initiatives identified, successfully attained funding
      • through:
        • Citizenship and Immigration Canada - “Welcoming Communities Initiatives”
        • Ontario Trillium Foundation
        • Career Bridge Program – Internationally Trained Professional Internship
    • WELCOMING COMMUNITIES PROGRAM What is a ‘Welcoming Community’ ? A "welcoming community" is one that is able to create and build a friendly and supportive environment while retaining youth, developing a vibrant economy, and highlighting its character and natural beauty, making it a special place in which to live. - CIRRO Overview, 2009
    • BUILDING WELCOMING COMMUNITIES
      • Orientation
        • Immigration Web - Portal; Newcomers’ Welcome Kit
      • Community Outreach
        • Advertisements in print and broadcasted media
      • Community Connections
        • Referral services; Involving International Students; Presence at, and involvement in, local celebrations
      • Research and Understanding
        • Understanding newcomers’ needs, best practices, regional SWOT analysis, labour market opportunities
      • PROGRAM INITIATIVES
      • SWOT Analysis
        • Strengths – Quality of life, educational
        • opportunities
        • Weaknesses – Lack of cultural communities,
        • lack of work opportunities
        • Opportunities – Underutilized economic potential,
        • proximity to immigrant hubs
        • Threats – Discriminatory attitudes
    • PROGRAM INITIATIVES www.newcomersinfo.ca
    • PROGRAM INITIATIVES 1 st Annual Newcomers Welcome Ceremony (Presentation by 3 local mayors, and the MPP)
    • PROGRAM INITIATIVES “ First Impressions In a New Land” International Photography Exhibition
    • PROGRAM INITIATIVES 8 articles covering the program featured in local newspapers 6 months
    • Radio public service announcements featuring contributions of immigrants to community & economic development PROGRAM INITIATIVES
    • ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS
      • BR+E Study with focus on workforce needs to feed into the
      • newcomer attraction strategies
      • Business immigrants familiarization tour
      • Establishment of Leeds and Grenville Immigration Partnership
      • with four working groups - Economic, Education & Services,
      • Cultural/Community Involvement and Marketing/Promotions
      • Hosting the Conference Board of Canada’s “Immigration
        • Advantage” workshop
      • Grant applications for continued funding
    • NEXT STEPS
      • “ Community Connections” workshops across the
      • communities of Leeds & Grenville to connect newcomers
      • with available support and resources
      • Newcomers’ Toolkits: information to ease and expedite
      • settlement
      • Promotional video featuring Leeds & Grenville as a
      • welcoming place to live, study, work and play
      • Educational video featuring social and economic benefits of
      • immigration in our communities
    • PROGRAM IN ACTION
    • David Paul Director, Economic Development City of Brockville 1 King Street West Brockville, ON K6V 7A5 [email_address] THANK YOU