SetStrategyExecutive summary

The St. Thomas–Elgin Local Immigration Partnership (ST-ELIP) began this project in February 28, 2011 to achieve the following: (1) establish a multi-sectoral council of stakeholders to facilitate the development and implementation of sustainable solutions for the successful integration of newcomers to St. Thomas and the County of Elgin, (2) enhance understanding of non-settlement service providers and the community at large of newcomer’s challenges, needs and services , (3) facilitate a community consultation and a planning process that would produce a practical and achievable Local Immigration Strategy to improve St. Thomas and Elgin’s capacity to attract, settle and successfully integrate immigrants into our community and promote their social, economic, cultural, and civic engagement.

On behalf of all ST-ELIP Council partners, we are pleased to present the fruits of our labour of the past 12 months: The St. Thomas-Elgin Local Immigration Strategy.

The St. Thomas-Elgin Local Immigration Settlement Strategy has been enriched by participants who worked together to incorporate the diverse perspectives of individual immigrants, service providers from the settlement, social, health, and education sectors, employers, government officials, and civic groups.

All voices were instrumental in the creation of the Settlement Strategy. The sharing of their experiences, information, opinions and stories led to the development of what we hope are meaningful priorities that when implemented will contribute to build welcoming, caring and inclusive communities where everyone matters.

This Settlement Strategy builds on the St. Thomas-Elgin’s history of collaborations and has as its foundation the local expertise, unique assets, qualities and strengths so vital to address present challenges and needs in an innovative and proactive way.

We want to emphasize the importance of collaborative leadership that will sustain its successful implementation.

We look forward to working with you in the near future

Sincerely yours,
The St. Thomas-Elgin Local Immigration Partnership