LIP’s welcome message to immigrants on Rural Ontario Institute’s website
September 18, 2014
The LIP was asked to provide commentary about the Rural Ontario Institute’s Focus on Rural Ontario fact sheets concerning immigration, migration and components of population change.
Here’s the intro…
Need to think seriously about how we welcome newcomers
“The Guelph Wellington Local Immigration Partnership is a group of over 80 partners, organizations, businesses, and individuals that are working on immigration issues. Our vision is to create a welcoming community by addressing barriers to employment, economic development, access to services, and inclusion and awareness of immigration issues. While we focus on immigrants, our vision is for everyone, and immigration and population growth means a larger, more skilled workforce, that can attract businesses to the community and create a more resilient and thriving economy. To create a welcoming community, we need to both understand how our communities are evolving, and demonstrate the value and importance of immigration – Focus on Rural Ontario information on immigrant arrivals and migration helps in both regards.”