Strategic Action Plan
The Strategic Action Plan is the centerpiece of the KIP Strategy. Based on feedback from focus groups, interviews and public assemblies, the KIP identified eight themes representing common areas of challenge for newcomers to Kingston. Each theme consists of several goals that demonstrate where Kingston as a welcoming community should be; each goal, in turn, is made up of strategies and actions that tell us how the goals can be achieved.
The Strategic Action Plan focuses primarily on initiatives that can be reasonably accomplished in Kingston within the five-year time-frame of our Strategy. However, the KIP also recognizes the importance of including new ideas and innovative approaches in the plan as a source of inspiration. Also, some challenges that newcomers face represent broader issues that also affect long-term Canadian residents in Kingston or newcomers in other cities; while the KIP cannot tackle these problems on its own, it can provide recommendations that advocate for larger-scale change. The Strategic Action Plan thus includes both Innovations and Recommendations.
As you go through this section of the website, keep in mind that the different aspects of newcomer settlement are all connected. We expect that each proposed strategy and action will likewise have an impact on multiple needs: for example, supporting newcomers to participate in local organizations, projects and events (a strategy within the Social Supports and Community Connections theme) can help newcomers practice their language skills and build networks to find employment, as well as build the connections with Canadian-born residents that help reduce racism and discrimination. For simplicity and clarity, though, in our Plan each action belongs to only one strategy, which belongs to only one goal, which belongs to only one theme.
If you are looking for a specific part of the Plan, the Table of Contents shows the entire Strategic Action Plan including every theme, goal, and strategy. Otherwise, you can choose a theme to start reading or click “Next Page” below to go through the Plan in order.
- Education and Training
- Information, Orientation, and Welcoming
- Racism and Discrimination
- Social Support and Community Connections
- Health and Wellness
- Housing, Transportation, and Family Services