Peterborough Immigration Partnership (PIP)
The Peterborough Immigration Partnership (PIP) formerly Peterborough Partnership Council on Immigrant Integration (PPCII) promotes, advances and supports coordinated immigrant integration in the Peterborough community. PIP believes immigrant integration is essential for long-term social, cultural, economic and environmental prosperity in the Peterborough region.
In February 2008, the New Canadians Centre Peterborough (NCC), the Community and Race Relations Committee of Peterborough (CCRC), the Trent Centre for Community-Based Education (TCCBE), and the Workforce Development Board (WDB) initiated an information session for the community in response to the call for proposals from the joint federal Citizenship and Immigration Canada and provincial Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration – Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) projects. Over 25 organizations responded to the invitation and attended the information session, representing cross sectors in education, employment, health, business, social services, municipal and regional governments. With the strong support from the community and especially with the full endorsement from the Peterborough City Council to apply for the LIP funding, an application for start up funding to create and establish the PIP was submitted. The New Canadians Centre Peterborough – as the lead agency, submitted the application on behalf of the partnership council founding members.
PIP has over 100 members including both organizational and individual members. In 2010 it launched its first Immigrant Integration Strategy for Peterborough 2010-2015. Since 2010 PIP staff and member agencies have collaboratively implemented over 90 projects and activities that support immigrant integration in four sectors - housing and transportation, education, health and social services and economic development. The education sector has led with 45 education related projects implemented in support of immigrant integration in our area.
Most recently PIP has embarked on the process of developing a new plan for immigrant integration in Peterborough for the 2016-2021 period. For this purpose a number of planning activities took place throughout 2014-2015, including an overall review of the progress of the 2010-2015 strategy document, new research conducted on local demographic trends, surveying of PIP members and community members at large, three focus groups (one with employers, one with international students and one with local decision makers) and numerous discussions with PIP members and volunteers during the regular PIP Council and committee meetings. A public consultation session was held on August 27, 2015 to review and receive community’s feedback on the new strategy document.
The 2016-2021 Community Immigrant Integration Plan was launched in December 2015.