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VIP Conceptual Framework

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The Vancouver Immigration Partnership (VIP) conceptual framework, is shaped by two key sources: research literature supported by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the City of Vancouver Healthy City Strategy (HCS).

The document “Characteristics of a Welcoming Community,”commissioned by IRCC, examines the key factors of an open and inclusive environment that supports immigrants’ integration and settlement. The document outlines indicators, processes and structures that can be used to assess how a community supports the social, economic, cultural and political integration of newcomers.

The City of Vancouver Healthy City Strategy identifies 13 goals for creating a healthy city for all, based on a holistic understanding of health and well-being of people, communities, and environments.  In particular, HCS goals that address needs of human services, safety and inclusion, making ends meet and collaborative leadership are fundamental to VIP’s framework development. HCS also provides targets for each of their goal. 

The VIP conceptual framework aligns VIP’s four areas of focus with the 17 characteristics of a welcoming community and the 13 goals of the Healthy City Strategy.  Ultimately, this framework was the foundation for developing the New Start Strategy.