Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership

The Windsor Essex County Local Immigration Partnership

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What is the Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership?

The Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership (WE LIP) is an initiative of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to encourage communities across Ontario to develop a comprehensive plan for the delivery of newcomer services. The WE LIP intiative represents a process to examine the whole system of services currently available and considers how the system could be enhanced to facilitate access to service and to promote the long-term settlement and integration of immigrant newcomers into Windsor and Essex County.

In November 2008, the City of Windsor was given the lead for the Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership (WE LIP) initiative by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), formerly Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

What We Do

The Windsor Essex County Local Immigration Partnership (WE LIP) engages stakeholders through information sharing, events and a locally-driven strategic planning process to help make Windsor-Essex a more welcoming and inclusive community. The partnership strives to assist non-settlement service providers and the community in developing a greater understanding of newcomer needs and services.

In 2020, the WE LIP mandate was expanded to include Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) and International Students.

Our goal is to create a community where newcomers, Temporary Foreign Workers, International Students and citizens can achieve a higher quality of life and reach their full potential. We strive to accomplish this by fostering community, which contributes to our mutual goal – that every new member of our community feels like they truly belong and can successfully contribute to the social and economic fabric of Windsor-Essex.

To provide better outcomes, our key objectives include:

  • Partnering with service sectors such as health care, education, housing, children's services, developmental disability services and police to discuss the unique needs of immigrants within those sectors and how we, as a community, can work together to ensure that immigrants have complete access to these services;
  • Raising the profile of immigrants by celebrating local success stories;
  • Improving employment opportunities for immigrants by reaching out to employers and demonstrating how diversity enriches the workplace;
  • Promoting collaboration between organizations to improve access to services for immigrants;
  • Strengthening social integration by helping to remove barriers; and
  • Encouraging social and cultural connections, active civic participation and a sense of the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship and the value of diversity.


January 2009 marked the first meeting of the Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership Council, an assembly of committed stakeholders working towards a common goal – creating a welcoming community for newcomers to Windsor-Essex.

In April 2010, A Community Plan to Promote the Settlement and Integration of Immigrants in Windsor and Essex County was submitted to City and County Councils and to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The full report and the executive summary are attached in English and French:

Executive Summary - English

Executive Summary - French

A Community Plan - English

A Community Plan - French

What Happens in a Year at WE LIP?

The Windsor Essex Local Immigraiton Partnership does a lot in 365 days. And so do all of the stakeholders and community partners who work with us.

Check out our 2021-2022 Year in Review video to learn more:

WE LIP 2021-2022 Year in Review video

Click to view 2017-18 Year in Review Video

Click to view WELIP 10 Year Anniversary Video

To Learn More

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