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Supporting Immigrants in Rural Lambton County PPCII Conference Tuesday, November 5, 2013. Overview. Rural Supports Library Services Supports for Migrant Workers Business Succession & Entrepreneurship . Profile of Lambton County Background of Sarnia-Lambton LIP.

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supporting immigrants in rural lambton county ppcii conference tuesday november 5 2013
Supporting Immigrants in Rural Lambton County

PPCII Conference

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

overview
Overview
  • Rural Supports
    • Library Services
    • Supports for Migrant Workers
    • Business Succession & Entrepreneurship
  • Profile of Lambton County
  • Background of Sarnia-Lambton LIP
lambton county by the numbers
Lambton County by the Numbers
  • Total population of 123 995
  • 3002sq/km
  • 11municipalities
  • 3 First Nations communities
  • 12 345 immigrants (10% of pop.)
  • 575 arrived since 2006 (5% of imm. pop.)
who is missing
Who is Missing?
  • In 2011, 1004 permanent and temporary residents came to Sarnia-Lambton
  • This is a 32% increase from 2010
background of lip
Background of LIP
  • Settlement Strategy developed in 2010
  • 12 strategies organized under five areas of focus:
    • Employment
    • Settlement
    • Language & Communication
    • Coordination of Services
    • Public Awareness
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Background of LIP
  • Strategy 4:Increase and promote opportunities to engage immigrants and newcomers in the community
    • 4.3. Establish rural outreach program for immigrants outside of Sarnia
rural outreach working group
Rural Outreach Working Group
  • Sub-committee of LIP Council
  • Formed in 2011
  • Objectives:
    • Complete profile of immigrants outside of Sarnia
    • Create connections and partnerships
  • Investigate program models for rural outreach
  • Facilitate the development of or support existing outreach programming
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Rural Outreach Working Group

Findings:

  • Current service provision is limited
  • Supports arise on ad hoc basis and are volunteer driven
  • Majority of supports focused on migrant worker population
  • Rural communities are welcoming of immigrants (and open to strategies to attract them)
rural supports for immigrants
Rural Supports for Immigrants

Library Services for Immigrants

  • Books, CDs & DVDs in multiple languages
  • Study materials for learning English (including online program Byki)

Settlement Services Outreach

  • Both settlement agencies use space at various branches to meet with clients and provide information
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Rural Supports for Immigrants

Supports for Migrant Workers

  • Welcome Booklet for Migrant Workers developed and distributed
  • Presentations at monthly Mass for workers in Watford
  • Labour Day picnic for Thai and Spanish speaking workers
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Rural Supports for Immigrants

Ontario Immigrant Network

  • Pilot project to attract immigrant entrepreneurs to Lambton County through business succession
  • Funded by Ontario Trillium Foundation
information dissemination
Information Dissemination
  • Findings and outcomes have been added to Newcomer Portal under ‘Rural Resources’
  • Presentations made to all 10 municipal councils outside of Sarnia
thank you
Thank you!

For more information on the Sarnia-Lambton Local Immigration Partnership

Visit us online

www.sarnialambtonlip.ca

Follow us on Twitter

@SarLamLIP

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