Make the Connection: Immigration event helps create a welcoming community

The Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership (GWLIP) will host its fifth annual Immigration Connection event on Tuesday, March 4.

This free event, open to all community members, is an opportunity for newcomers, community leaders, local businesses, agencies and service providers to discuss ways to make Guelph more attractive and welcoming for newcomers who bring skills, experience, and investment to the community.

Guest speakers will give talks on hiring immigrants, social inclusion and building meaningful partnership, and how to create collective impact around immigration issues.

During the event the GWLIP will also present an overview of its work and accomplishments including the launch of an employer toolkit, a new resource designed to support local businesses to hire and retain global talent. In addition, participants will be asked to help the GWLIP set new priorities for 2014-2016.

To pre-register for the event, visit


The Immigration Connection: Creating Collective Impact


Nuzhat Jafri, Executive Director, Office of the Fairness Commissioner will highlight the need for businesses to think differently about hiring immigrants.

Uzma Shakir, Director, Office of Equity, Diversity and Human Rights at the City of Toronto will address issues of social inclusion and building meaningful partnership.

Paul Born, President and co-founder of Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement will speak about how to create collective impact around immigration issues.


Hanlon Convention Centre

340 Woodlawn Road, Guelph


Tuesday, March 4
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

The GWLIP is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and hosted by the City of Guelph.


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