​​The Windsor Essex County Local Immigration Partnership

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Who We Are

The Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership (WE LIP) is an initiative of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to encourage communities to develop a comprehensive plan for the delivery of newcomer services. The City of Windsor has been the lead for the Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership (WE LIP) initiative through an agreement with IRCC since 2008.

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.

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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.

Members of the WE LIP Council plan their programs and services with a clear understanding of the needs of immigrants while valuing the contributions immigrants can provide to our region.

Members include:

  • Chair -  Hugo Vega, YMCA of Southwestern Ontario, Windsor Learning Centre
  • Vice Chair - Sarah May Garcia, Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network
  • Member-at-Large - Nick Beluli, Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County
  • Member-at-Large - Charlotte LeFrank, Windsor-Essex Children's Aid Society
  • Member-at-Large - Didier Marotte, Centre communautaire francophone Windsor-Essex-Kent

Terms of Reference:

WE LIP Coordination Team:

The team works to facilitate the objectives of the council by coordinating, providing organizational support to and overseeing the development of a local settlement strategy and targeted action plan. For more information about the WE LIP and employment supports, visit www.workforcewindsoressex.com​.

If you are interested in moving to Windsor Essex County, please explore www.welcometowindsoressex.ca​.

For more detailed inquires or information, please contact:

Mary Ellen Bernard
Manager of Social Policy & Planning/Project Manager for the Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership
519-255-5200 ext. 5270 or mbernard@citywindsor.ca ​​