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Looking Back at 2020
Appreciating Essential Immigrants 

Did you know? One in four healthcare workers in Canada is an immigrant.

Earlier this fall, HIPC launched the Essential Immigrants campaign, a six-part series featuring immigrants serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in Hamilton. Those interviews are all available in this thread.

The campaign has utilized the #ImmigrationMatters initiative and has been received positively, exceeding 33,000 views on Twitter!

To honour and recognize the work of Hamilton's Essential Immigrants, HIPC invites you to to join us for an hour on December 8 to celebrate their accomplishments and thank them for their continued service in our city. Mayor Fred Eisenberger will be attending and will bring remarks on behalf of the City of Hamilton. 

This is a virtual event. This event is open to public and can be accessed on YouTube live. 

Pathways to Prosperity 2020
Last week the HIPC team and several of our local partners as well as our francophone counterparts attended the Pathways to Prosperity 2020 National Conference from the comforts of our home offices. Prominent themes this year included the impact of COVID on immigration and newcomer populations and intersectional approaches to understanding and reducing discrimination against immigrants.

Immigration Minister Marco Mendocino spoke to the ongoing importance of immigration to Canada, noting that Canada will look internally to meet the ambitious immigration targets set by IRCC for the next three years. International students, temporary foreign workers and other temporary residents are likely to be important sources of immigration in the near future.

IRCC’s Fraser Valentine said that active conversations were underway about expanding eligibility for settlement services. Other speakers made the case that protection and programming for temporary residents could alleviate the “scarring” experienced by many newcomers who have difficulty settling and finding work. Still others called on the federal government to look at all classes of immigration, across various skill levels, to reduce underemployment experienced by so many skilled immigrants.

HIPC convened a Hamilton-focused debrief of attendees. In terms of next steps, there is interest in promoting Hamilton for the new municipal nominee program and in more education and training around anti-racism and awareness of rights.
HIPC and Hamilton Partners at P2P, November 2019
Community Announcements 
  • IWC Call for Board Members: Are you passionate about the issues of immigrants? Here is an exciting opportunity for a leadership role in Hamilton! Apply by Thursday, December 10, 2020. 
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