Leaders’ Roundtable on Immigration

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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 beauty, making it a special place in which to live.
- CIRRO Overview, 2009

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Leaders’ Roundtable on Immigration

  1. 1. Leaders’ Roundtable on ImmigrationLeaders’ Roundtable on Immigration October 17October 17thth , 2010, 2010 David Paul, City of BrockvilleDavid Paul, City of Brockville
  2. 2. OUTLINEOUTLINE •Background •Immigration Advantage •The CIRRO Initiative •Financial Resources •Welcoming Communities program •Leeds and Grenville Immigration Partnership •Next steps
  3. 3. BACKGROUND – BrockvilleBACKGROUND – 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
  4. 4. IMMIGRATION ADVANTAGEIMMIGRATION 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
  5. 5. 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 ANDHOW TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN NEW CANADIANS?RETAIN NEW CANADIANS?
  6. 6. COMMUNITY PARTNERSCOMMUNITY 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
  7. 7. SECURING FUNDINGSECURING 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
  8. 8. WELCOMING COMMUNITIESWELCOMING COMMUNITIES PROGRAMPROGRAM 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
  9. 9. BUILDING WELCOMINGBUILDING WELCOMING COMMUNITIESCOMMUNITIES 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
  10. 10. PROGRAM INITIATIVESPROGRAM 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
  11. 11. PROGRAM INITIATIVESPROGRAM INITIATIVES www.newcomersinfo.ca
  12. 12. PROGRAM INITIATIVESPROGRAM INITIATIVES 1st Annual Newcomers Welcome Ceremony (Presentation by 3 local mayors, and the MPP)
  13. 13. PROGRAM INITIATIVESPROGRAM INITIATIVES “First Impressions In a New Land” International Photography Exhibition
  14. 14. PROGRAM INITIATIVESPROGRAM INITIATIVES 8 articles covering the program featured in local newspapers 6 months
  15. 15. Radio public service announcements featuring contributions of immigrants to community & economic development PROGRAM INITIATIVESPROGRAM INITIATIVES
  16. 16. ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTSADDITIONAL 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
  17. 17. NEXT STEPSNEXT 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
  18. 18. PROGRAM IN ACTIONPROGRAM IN ACTION
  19. 19. David Paul Director, Economic Development City of Brockville 1 King Street West Brockville, ON K6V 7A5 dpaul@brockville.com THANK YOUTHANK YOU

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