The Cross Cultural Learner Centre (CCLC) has several partnerships that involve the following agencies, organizations and municipalities. The purposes of these partnerships are to extend our services further afield or provide additional support and services to partnerships that are in existence.
CCLC’s partnership with WIL Employment Connections and LUSO Community Services involves the Newcomer Settlement Program (NSP) which supports the early and effective settlement of newcomers to Ontario. Our objective is to help newcomers settle, adjust and contribute to the community in London and surrounding area. To be eligible for the program, individuals must be new to the area and/or have lived in the area less than 5 years.
The objective in CCLC’s partnership with the Association Canadienne-Francaise de l’Ontario (ACFO – London Sarnia) and WIL is to help internationally trained individuals who are seeking licensure or related employment in Ontario’s 35 regulated professions. Together, we operate the Access Centre for Regulated Employment.
In CCLC’s partnership with the City of London, we jointly developed the London and Middlesex Immigration Portals; www.welcome.london.ca and www.welcome.middlesexcounty.ca. These websites contain many valuable resources for new immigrants living in our region. The websites also assists those working with newcomers and as well, showcases London and Middlesex County as a destination for immigrants who are contemplating a move to Canada or Ontario.
To reach as many newcomers as possible in London, the Library Settlement Partnerships was created. CCLC’s partners are the London Public Library, LUSO , South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre and the Centre for Lifelong Learning. Six Settlement Workers are available though the London Public Library and its branch locations. They provide information and referrals for newcomers who visit the library as their first point of contact. Services are offered in several languages and no appointment is necessary to see a Settlement Worker.
Another partnership, Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS), was created to reach as many newcomers going to the local schools. This partnership involves the Thames Valley District School Board, the London Catholic District School Board, the South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre, and LUSO Community Services. There will be Settlement Workers available in these schools.
CCLC joined with the Colour of Poverty Campaign in a local venture to raise awareness around the growing racialization of poverty in London. This venture is part of a larger project that involves six communities in Ontario: Windsor, Ottawa, Hamilton, Peel, London and Toronto. The partnership includes Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, Council of Agencies Serving South Asians and Health and Racism Working Group.