Beginning in 2010, informal discussions about the importance of immigration to Leeds and Grenville were held by various organizations. These discussions were to ensure coordinated efforts to identify gaps in the regional response to newcomer settlement needs. The result was the creation of an informal partnership network, with leadership from the City of Brockville and the United Way of Leeds & Grenville. The Partnership network, has since evolved into the St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership. The Immigration Partnership is administered by the City of Brockville and funded by Immigration Refugees Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Since the formalization of the Partnership, member organizations have focused efforts on six key strategies. These strategies focus on the most effective way community organizations can attract, welcome and retain newcomers to Leeds & Grenville communities. The Immigration Partnership is one of about forty-five Immigration Partnerships across the Province of Ontario.
Immigration Partnership Members
The Immigration Partnership is guided by input from a Council that meets quarterly. As of June 2015, the Council is comprised of nineteen different organizations and businesses from across Leeds & Grenville. A complete list of these organizations can be found below. A Working Group dedicated to employment and settlement issues also exists, and its' members are indicated by an asterix (*).
Chinese & Canadian Heritage Cultural Association
Thousand Islands National Park (Parks Canada)