The Networking and Partnership Initiative (NPI) is a program funded by Health Canada, as a measure of the Federal Action Plan for Official Language Minority Communities, and managed by the Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN). It is intended to support the capacity development of Quebec’s English-speaking communities to ensure their vitality and general well-being. To achieve this, the program currently funds 20 community networks within Quebec. CCS NPI is one of these networks, serving the English-speaking populations of Verdun and LaSalle.
By building strategic alliances and partnerships with local agencies, public institutions and community organizations, CCS NPI provides support to key partners willing to create or adapt existing services for the vulnerable English-speaking population. For CCS NPI, 2016 was a year of expanding current partnerships, and recruiting new members, continuing to build on the trust and collaboration that was previously established. The current CCS NPI network includes a growing number of local organizations and institutions from the Lachine, LaSalle, Verdun and South West.
With the hiring of an Regional Capacity Coordinator for Lasalle, and building efforts with the McGill Project in retaining health and social services professionals, the NPI hopes to continue to offer programming and expansion of services across the island to English-speaking populations.