Community Engagement

Sarnia-Lambton Immigration Task Force

Sarnia-Lambton Immigration Taskforce logo on white background.

What is the Sarnia-Lambton Immigration Task Force

Leaders and decision-makers from across Sarnia-Lambton have come together to address the need for immigration in the community. The goal is to grow, diversify and strengthen Sarnia-Lambton through a strategic approach to immigration that focuses on supporting international students on their journey to permanent residency and attracting skilled worker immigrants and their families who can help drive economic growth and sustainability. This is essential for addressing skills shortages in smaller and more rural areas such as Sarnia-Lambton.

Sarnia-Lambton’s Need for Immigration

Sarnia-Lambton is an outstanding place to live, work and raise a family, and the Sarnia-Lambton Immigration Task Force is working to keep it that way. As with communities across Ontario and Canada, the growth and sustainability of Sarnia-Lambton’s economy, workforce and population relies on immigration – the addition of skilled newcomers and their families, and talented international graduates gaining permanent residency.

A mockup of the Sarnia-Lambton Immigration PDF.

What Our Community Needs to Grow

Our Need for Immigration

Sarnia-Lambton is an outstanding place to live, work, and raise a family, and the Sarnia-Lambton Immigration Task Force is working to keep it that way. As with communities across Ontario and Canada, the growth and sustainability of Sarnia-Lambton’s economy, workforce, and population relies on immigration – the addition of skilled newcomers and their families, and talented international graduates gaining permanent residency.

Our Plan for Growth

The Task Force began planning for growth by first engaging a consultant from the Centre for Organizational Effectiveness.

The consultant conducted a series of focus groups and census analysis to identify barriers to immigration as well as the mitigation strategies needed to ensure Sarnia-Lambton can grow at a pace that will ensure a tax base that can support an aging population while also providing ample resources for youth. This work has resulted in the Sarnia-Lambton Immigration Framework, a five-year plan for sustainably growing Sarnia-Lambton.

Action Groups

The goals of the Immigration Framework are being achieved through the work of the Sarnia-Lambton Immigration Task Force’s four Action Groups and Steering Committee. The Action Groups are comprised of stakeholders from sectors integral to immigration. Each Action Group is operating based on a strategic action plan specific to their sector, with opportunities for collaboration.

Steering Committee Members

The Steering Committee is responsible for providing oversight of the work being done on immigration by the four Action Groups. This includes identifying opportunities for collaboration between the Action Groups and their accompanying sectors.

The Steering Committee is also responsible for actively participating in overarching strategies for housing, transportation and marketing – all essential components of a strong and sustainably growing community.

Judith Morris, Chair
Lambton College (retired)
Rob Kardas
Lambton College
Alex Palimaka
Bluewater Power
Amruta Power
Lambton College
Andrew Meyer
County of Lambton
Cari Meloche
Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership
Carrie McEachran
Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce
Chris Slade
Lambton College
Christina Longo
Scotia Wealth Management
Harshit Rawal
RBC
Harshit Rawal
RBC
Leo Stathakis
John's Restaurant and Coffee Lodge Group
Mike Bradley
Mayor, City of Sarnia
Paula Reaume-Zimmer
Bluewater Health
Prabhjot Kaur
Lambton College
Rob Thompson
NOVA Chemicals
Stephanie Thiffeault
County of Lambton
Stephanie Ferrera
County of Lambton
Tanya Tamilio
Centre Communautaire Francophone de Sarnia-Lambton

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