The West Kootenay Local Immigration Partnership is a table of community agencies located in the cities of Nelson, Castlegar and Trail who work together to develop the region to support newcomers to Canada in their settlement journey.

Our members represent libraries, health, arts & culture, employers, local governments, parks and recreation, Chambers of Commerce and numerous other community service providers. 

The WKLIP is one of 18 LIPs in British Columbia and part of the national network of more than 88 LIPs across Canada. We are excited to engage in innovative and timely initiatives that will help to make the West Kootenay region a place that everyone can call home.

What is a LIP?

Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs) have been funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada since 2008 to develop and implement plans to improve newcomer settlement and integration. LIPs do not provide direct service to immigrants; rather they are community planning tables that work to strengthen community capacity to receive and support newcomers. Settlement services and LIPs complement one another and benefit the entire community. When people have access to the right support and services, everyone benefits!

Welcoming, inclusive communities provide opportunities for immigrants to participate economically, socially, politically and culturally. LIPs conduct community-level research in an effort to better understand community assets, gaps, and the needs of newcomers. The work of the WKLIP will be driven by community-focused needs and will evolve to reflect the changes and shifts that our communities are experiencing. The WKLIP is about collaboration, community and inclusiveness, and together we will make a positive difference for our community members of today and tomorrow.

About CBAL

The Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) has been providing federally- and provincially-funded settlement and language services to newcomers in 11 communities since 2014. CBAL’s work in the settlement sector began with its inception in 2001 where one-to-one tutoring and informal language classes were key programs in those early days.

In 2020, the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) launched in the West Kootenay, with a focus on the communities of Castlegar, Nelson and Trail. Stemming from the success of RNIP in settling newcomers to the region, an IRCC-funded feasibility study was conducted in early 2022 to assess our communities’ appetite and capacity for the development of a LIP. It was found that the region was ready to develop this community asset and CBAL was awarded the contract to undertake this project in June 2023.

WKLIP Members

The WKLIP Partnership Council is comprised of diverse representation from the business, community services, education, government, recreation, arts, culture and settlement sectors. 

City of Castlegar

City of Rossland – Parks and Recreation

Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy

Community Futures Central Kootenay

Community Futures South Kootenay

Intercultural Kootenays

Interior Health Authority

Kootenay Career Development Services

Kootenay Family Place

Kootenay Kids

Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation

Metal Tech Alley

Nelson Civic Theatre

Nelson Public Library

PacificSport Columbia Basin

Regional Age Friendly Program

School District 20

Selkirk College

Teck Metals

The Skills Centre

Trail & District Arts Council

Trail & District Public Library

Trail FAIR Society

Meet Our Staff

Meet Our Partnership Council

Meet Our Newcomer Advisory Committee