Local Immigration Partnership Council

The Local Immigration Partnership Council (LIPC) oversees the implementation of Vernon’s Settlement and Immigration Strategy and provides guidance and support for the strategic planning process and project completion. Membership is broad-based and representative of the community, and new stakeholders are added as needed.

Vernon’s Settlement and Immigration Strategy

Vernon’s Settlement and Immigration Strategy was developed in conjunction with the Local Immigration Partnership Council with the purpose of attracting and retaining Immigrants to Vernon.  Canada has an aging demographic with a declining birth rate and will need to depend on immigration for social and economic growth in the upcoming decades.  Immigrants provide important cultural diversity to local communities as well as skills, investment and an entrepreneurial spirit.  The community is competing on a global stage for talent so it is important for Vernon to have a plan to attract and keep immigrants in our community.

Community Champions: "Respect Works Here"

Our community is rich with people from Indigenous cultures as well as people from around the world contributing to the fabric of our society. The Social Planning Council has honoured approximately 50 of these individuals and their accomplishments over the past five years by seeking nominations from the community and local organizations.

While the annual program is now complete, we appreciate the willingness of all our Champions to share their story and accept the nomination as one of Vernon’s Multicultural Community Champions.

We are also grateful to the Vernon Morning Star for publishing these stories consistently since 2016 to reach more people in our community and around the world.  Many are still available online by searching for Multicultural Champion on their website at VernonMorningStar.com 

Multicultural Newsletter

A monthly Multicultural Newsletter is distributed free to anyone interested in current local immigration and multicultural and anti-racism events, resources and information.  Follow the links to read past issues or subscribe online free. 

For more information on the LIPC, please contact lipc@socialplanning.ca