What is the Jasper Local Immigration Partnership?
The JLIP is part of a Canada wide program to support newcomers in local communities. The JLIP is funded by Immigration, Refugees, and citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Our goal is to make Jasper a welcoming place for all newcomers. Regardless of where they’re from or their immigration status. We work for systemic and cultural change to help newcomers thrive.
Members of the JLIP are from all walks of life, and include representatives from community organizations and agencies, businesses, individuals, government and more.
We all play an important role in making Jasper a welcoming place for newcomers. Get involved in the JLIP so we can make Jasper a better place for newcomer settlement!
Does your organization have a role to play in creating a more inclusive Jasper? Organization representatives bring their organizations perspective to the JLIP. You can collaborate to make change and increase your capacity to be more welcoming and inclusive.
Residents play an important role in creating a welcoming and inclusive Jasper. Join the conversation and bring your perspective to the JLIP. Be part of a group looking to make change in the community and support newcomers.
Join the JLIP and be a community champion of equity, diversity and inclusion.
Want to be part of the JLIP? Questions?
Objectives of the JLIP
- To bring together diverse groups of stakeholders to work collaboratively toward the creation of a welcoming and inclusive community;
- To engage in community-based research and consultation that will inform the development of strategic and action plans; and
- To improve the coordination of services that newcomers need for successful settlement and integration in Jasper.
The JLIP's vision is a welcoming and inclusive Jasper where immigrants and refugees participate fully in the social, economic, cultural and political life of the community.
What Values Guide the JLIP?
The guiding values of the JLIP and Newcomer Network are: Diversity, Inclusion, Respect, Equity, Collaboration, Kindness and Accountability.
The Jasper Immigration Coalition developed a strategic plan to support newcomers coming to Jasper. This plan is the Jasper Settlement Strategy. We are currently reviewing and updating our Settlement Strategy to reflect the challenges newcomers are facing after the pandemic.
The Strategy at a Glance
The strategy identified eight areas where work can be done to promote successful settlement in Jasper:
- Education, Training and Entrepreneurship
- Access to Services
- Welcoming and Inclusion
- Health and Wellness
- Media Representation
The strategy identified specific goals for the different areas of focus. The strategy also includes actions community members, organizations and service providers can take to reach the identified goals.
How do we come up with the Strategy?
- We interview and survey newcomers to understand their challenges
- We do research to understand our community needs and priorities
- We identify goals and areas of focus based on results
- We develop strategies to meet our goals
What happens next?
The JLIP meets, and together we come up with ways to put the strategy into action. Some of the ways we’ve implemented the Strategy:
- Community partnerships and collaboration
- Programming and initiatives
- Promoting policy and process change within organizations
Here’s just some of the things the JLIP has done to support newcomers in Jasper:
- 2022 Newcomer Survey
- Supports for Ukrainians, including website page and information booths
- Articles on the benefits of Inclusive workplaces shared with employers through Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
- Change Agents trained by JEEC
- Webpage created on newtojasper.ca website with information and links to credential assessment in Canada for newcomers
- Sessions on co-operative business start-up offered in the community
- Settlement and Newcomer Network programming that promotes conversation circles and language sharing events
- Newcomer Network members participating in Website Working Group
- Service Maps created in multiple languages
- Information on running for Municipal Council translated and posted to Municipal website
- JIC representatives at Jasper Economic Recovery Task Force table
- Cultural Kitchens initiative during pandemic
- Newcomer participation in wellness-focused programs and initiatives ex. the Gratitude Tree
- Funding received to support newcomers in accessing mental health practitioners
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