Sector Table: Socio-civic Integration
The Socio-civic Integration Sector Table’s current initiatives stem from the combined priorities of settlement and integration capacity development strategies outlined in the Ottawa Immigration Strategy. Specific initiatives focus on organizational learning to build service providers’ capacity to serve immigrants and foster immigrant –friendly policies and practices, empowering immigrants for civic and political engagement, specifically youth, and capitalizing on media’s role to promote welcoming communities, inclusion and integration of minorities.Underlying to this work is knowledge generation, leadership and information infrastructure development, and public education to promote two-way integration and connectivity between newcomers and the host Canadian population.
Priority #1: To create bridging opportunities and multiple pathways for new immigrants and established residents to connect socially, culturally, and intellectually.
Priority #2: To expand the capacity and appetite within mainstream organizations for equity and inclusion of immigrants.
Priority #3: To strengthen the ability of immigrants and racialized communities to participate in civil society and institutions (voting, strengthened and common voice on concerns).
Priority #4: To promote and strengthen partnerships between settlement service provider organizations (SPOs) and institutions in all sectors addressed by OLIP.
Priority #5: To expand the capacities of settlement counsellors to provide information, referral, and orientation to newcomers on multiple domains.