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Governments and Public Institutions Addressing Needs Conversation Starter

Sharing the responsibility to meet newcomers’ settlement and integration needs

The City of Vancouver, the provincial and federal governments all play important roles in meeting newcomers’ needs that aid in easier settlement and integration. A lack of coordination, cooperation and collaboration between the three levels negatively impact service delivery. Community organizations that provide program and services to immigrants also report a lack of collaboration in their dealings with government. All levels of government working together, and working with community organizations and stakeholders, is essential to efficient and effective delivery of services.

Governments and Public Institutions Addressing Needs Conversation Starter provides great jumping off points for discussion about how strategies for multi-sectoral engagement positively impact newcomers' lives. Developed to provide the Vancouver Immigration Partnership (VIP) stakeholders with some key facts and information, this conversation starter is valuable for anyone seeking better understanding of these issues. The information contained in this document, which identifies the gaps and challenges in public sector response to settlement and integration issues, comes from current databases and research studies.

Governments and Public Institutions Addressing Needs is one of VIP's four areas of focus. The facts and figures within the conversation starter provide evidence as to why addressing this challenge is an essential component of the partnership's work.

To read the Government and Public Institutions Addressing Needs Conversation Starter, click here.