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Peterborough Immigration Partnership

Peterborough Immigration Partnership

Established in 2008, the Peterborough Immigration Partnership (PIP) is a community-based partnership of individuals and organisations (including the New Canadians Centre) which envisions a community where the meaningful economic, social and cultural integration of newcomers ensures a prosperous and inclusive community for all.

The work of the PIP is guided by the Community Immigrant Integration Plan 2016-2021 which articulates the goals that need to be met to achieve meaningful integration in a welcoming community and carried out by PIP working groups.

Any organisation, municipality, business or individual in the Peterborough region can become a member by endorsing the vision and mandate of the Peterborough Immigration Partnership and committing to working towards achieving the goals of the Community Immigrant Integration Plan 2016-2021. For further information and to become involved with plan implementation, please contact the Community Development Worker.

PIP Members as of July 2018


PIP Feature: Newcomer Integration Toolkit – Cultural Diversity Training
Created in collaboration with CRRC, the toolkit provides resources, practical supports and best practices that will enable you and your organization to better meet the unique needs of newcomer clients and employees, and support immigrant integration and social inclusion. The NCC can assist you in determining priority areas for training and provide customized training sessions for your management, staff and volunteers.

Training Topics Include:

  • Advocating for the Benefits of Newcomer Attraction and Retention
  • Developing Immigrant-Friendly Workplace Policies
  • Cross-Cultural Communication and Diversity Training
  • Creating Spaces and Services that are Accessible and Welcoming to Newcomers

PIP in Action: Newcomers Kitchen
The Newcomers Kitchen is an initiative that was started in Toronto in 2016 for Syrian refugee women, with the aim of producing a replicable model with any newcomer group, in any restaurant kitchen, in any city in the world. Its goal is to bring newcomers together to cook a weekly meal in one of the community’s kitchens, where these meals would be sold online for pickup or delivery, and the proceeds would be shared among the cooks.

Here in Peterborough, PIP and the NCC are collaborating with community members to help establish a Newcomers Kitchen for those who are interested within our Syrian refugee community. Through the help of Public Health Peterborough, our Arabic-speaking newcomers will be able to complete their Food Handler Certification in Arabic, which would enable them to rent out community kitchens. They will also be receiving tips and advice on how to run a small business from our partners at Peterborough Economic Development (PED). We hope to replicate this model with other interested groups once this first Newcomers Kitchen is up and running. Stay tuned for more updates on this initiative in our next Newsletter!

Peterborough Welcome Pass
The Peterborough Welcome Pass is a joint program of the Peterborough Immigration Partnership and its partner organisations. It is designed to give newcomers to Peterborough an introduction to all the different cultural, arts, and recreational spaces in the Peterborough area.

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