What is it we hope for?

More than 40 leaders have come together to create an immigration strategy that bridges regional differences and delivers economic and social benefits to new Canadians and communities.

Using a Collective Impact approach to strategic planning, the group collaborated to answer the question: “What is it we hope for?” and identify three key conditions they want to change.

Collective Impact brings organizations together to solve problems that are too complex for one organization to address on its own.

The next step is to create cross-organization action plans and shared measurements to help tackle tough issues – like matching people and jobs, accelerating social and economic integration, and building region-wide community support.

This is good news for a region with a growing skills gap, chronic youth under-employment, 25% of business owners reaching retirement in five years, and where it can take 15 years for a new Canadian to reach his or her social and economic potential.


Working with a community non-profit agency, James Laurence Group designed and facilitated the regional strategic planning process. If you have questions or thoughts about this story, send us a note at info@jameslaurence.com