BIPT releases the Strategic Plan for integration of immigrants and refugees in Burnaby

June 7, 2016

The Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table (BIPT) has released a three year strategic plan for immigrant and refugee settlement in the city of Burnaby.  This is a significant step in the ongoing efforts to systematically improve settlement circumstances and experiences for newcomers. The plan ensures that community organizations, service providers and residents have the information, resources and tools required to foster an inclusive environment. For a full version of the Strategic Plan in PDF format please click here.

Four key priorities have been highlighted in this plan.

1.       Access to Information – settlement and integration information and services are understood and accessible.

2.       Employment – newcomers have access to services and supports that enhance attainment or commensurate employment.

3.       Intercultural Connections – Burnaby residents embrace cultural diversity and are engaged in building cross-cultural understanding and relationships.

4.       Cultural Representation and Civic Engagement – newcomers play a role in the growth and development of their community and neighbourhood.

 Addressing these priorities collaboratively is important for the continued efforts of the City of Burnaby to be welcoming and inclusive where every resident, whether native-born, immigrant or refugee, enjoys equal opportunities to live, work and play. This requires the active participation of multiple stakeholders and organizations.

The BIPT brings together prominent community service organizations, public and civic institutions to facilitate service providers, share resources and identify ways to better meet the needs of newcomers.

BIPT would like to acknowledge the exceptional support and input provided by member organizations to this work. The plan consolidates two years of research and consultation to highlight the priorities relevant to immigrant and refugee integration. Significant contribution and feedback has also been provided by community service providers, the business community and newcomers during the research and consultation phase. This Plan was developed through funding and support provided by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) through the Local Immigration Partnerships (LIP).

Michel Pouliot, Co-Chair of BIPT and Executive Director of Burnaby Family Life speaks about the work gone into creating this plan: “The BIPT members have dedicated their time, community knowledge and experience to this endeavor. Moving forward they will guide the annual implementation program that is currently being developed to assist community stakeholders, service providers and residents engage in local solutions and innovative practices thus building a sense of belonging.  They build on Burnaby’s existing strengths and assets and are fueled by the City and community’s longstanding commitment to social development.” 

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Media Contacts

Asmita Lawrence
T: 778-231-8227

Sangeeta Bhonsale
T: 604-358-9195

BIPT Coordinators
4535 Kingsway,
Burnaby, BC, V5H 0E5