PEI Immigration Partnership
PEI's Provincial Immigration Partnership (PIP) is an Island-wide initiative funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The PIP team at IRSA facilitates collaboration and coordination among stakeholders interested in improving settlement and retention outcomes in the province of Prince Edward Island — provincial and municipal governments, businesses, organizations, community groups, and individuals.
The PIP team has built the Partners in Immigration network by connecting stakeholders, convening gatherings, and facilitating collaboration. The team supports partners' activities and initiatives and leads special projects.
- Development of action plans that seek to close service gaps, expand services, improve collaboration among the partners, and improve immigrants' success;
- Formation and facilitation of task-based working groups; and
- Conducting research and distributing research findings.
In addition to work within the province, the PEI network collaborates with local immigration partnerships elsewhere in Canada, through regional and national working groups and knowledge dissemination.
Increased activities during the global pandemic
The rapidly-changing needs of immigrants during the COVID-19 pandemic led to an increased number of working groups and increased activities related to collaboration and coordination. The result was a renewed focus on supporting decision-makers within PEI's settlement and immigration network who have been pivoting in response to the changing needs.