Place-Based Policy Change is Possible

Submitted by Liz Weaver on July 7, 2016 - 3:46am

As communities face more complex issues such as poverty, newcomer settlement, educational achievement, there is a growing movement of cross-sector community collaboratives being built to look at new solutions to these complex problems. 


These collaboratives are bringing new players to the table and engaging the broader community in unique ways.  In Canada we are beginning to see how this collaborative approach is impacting the policy decision-making process. 


The Caledon Institute of Social Policy, with funding from Human Resources and Social Development Canada, formed a community of practice and published a Collaboration on Policy manual. 


Lessons learned from this community of practice and from the experiences of Vibrant Communities Canada in influencing place-based and community-based policy was shared with over 200 participants in the LIP (Local Immigration Partnerships) Conference held in Toronto. The theme of the conference was 'Innovative Collaboratives to Strengthen Communities'. 


Attached below is a copy of the presentation.  We invite you to consider how your collaborative effort can use this resource to increase your capacity at influencing place-based policy change.