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Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is the mechanism through which Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) supports the development of a community-based planning around the needs of newcomer settlement and integration through: 
        • Engaging local service providers and other institutions in newcomers’ integration process 
        • Supporting community-level research and strategic planning 
        • Improving the coordination of effective services that facilitate immigrant settlement and integration

The GPLIP is a collective impact initiative where a committee of influential partners are gathered around the table to: 
        • Systematize local engagement in settlement with resources available 
        • Build on existing local initiatives 
        • Contribute to the enhanced planning envisioned by IRCC in the 2008 modernized approach to settlement.

In order for Grande Prairie to continue to grow as a vibrant city that offers excellent quality of life, the GPLIP will maximize on all of the community’s assets. This includes newcomers to Canada who are choosing Grande Prairie to be their new home. It is in this way that Grande Prairie will continue to prosper as newcomers succeed and participate fully in our welcoming city.

Where was Grande Prairie LIP Established?

The Grande Prairie LIP was established in the City of Grande Prairie on September 9th, 2015 under Community Social Development (CSD). Its first six months phase is from September 1st, 2015 to March 31st, 2016.

Why was Grande Prairie LIP Established?

 The main activities of the GPLIP are to: 
        • Establish an inclusive partnership council that is broad based and representative of 
           the community  and create a terms of reference 
        • Conduct research on newcomer’s needs, the community’s assets and gaps, and raise awareness of 
           these needs with the partnership members and the wider community. 
        • Work towards establishing a local settlement strategy identifying key priorities for the community 
        • Hire a LIP Project Coordinator to initiate and complete goals and engage local partners 
        • Create a website/immigration portal to assist immigrants before and after they settle in Grande Prairie 
        • Engaging mainstream human service providers in the active inclusion of newcomers; 
        • Strengthening local capacity to integrate newcomers in a manner that promotes improved labour 
           market access, increased social inclusion, and the creation of sustainable welcoming communities 
           for newcomers; and 
        • Improving outcomes for newcomers in economic, social, political, and civic participation.

How do I get Involved in the GPLIP?

GPLIP is creating an Immigrant Advisory Table (IAT) and is currently seeking volunteers who were born outside of Canada to represent a variety of ages, educational backgrounds, countries of origin and experiences.

Your experience in settling in Grande Prairie matters and can help the community develop better ways to serve other immigrants. Join the IAT and share your story!


  • Attend and participate in regular meetings with other immigrants
  • Connect with your own social groups to share their ideas with GPLIP
  • Share the vision of GPLIP with supporters in the community
  • Contribute your ideas on how to make Grande Prairie more welcoming to immigrants


  • Born outside of Canada
  • Reside in Grande Prairie
  • Experience as an immigrant
  • Understanding of needs of immigrants
  • Passionate about your community
  • Share and provide feedback on immigrant experience
  • No previous experience necessary
  • Commitment to a two-year term and attendance at a minimum of 2 meetings per year


  • Have your voice heard and let your input make a difference
  • Make connections and broaden your network
  • Gain valuable experience that can enhance your resume
  • Build and expand your skills

How to Apply

  • Complete the application form.
  • Submit completed application:
    • Mailed or dropped off in-person at the Community Social Development office (10030 102 Ave.)
    • Emailed to Local Immigration Partnership Co-ordinator Augustine Ebinu at
    • Faxed to Community Social Development at 780-830-5025
  • As space is limited, short-listed candidates will be selected for interviews as part of the recruitment process. Applications not selected for interviews may be contacted for other volunteer opportunities.
  • Deadline to apply is August 28, 2017.
Last updated: 7/28/2017 9:27:43 AM