Canada Launches Ambitious New Programs To Settle and Integrate New Immigrants
Aug 10, 2019 – Canada’s immigration department has selected 824 projects across the country to provide newcomer settlement and integration services.
Organizations ranging from all level of government and banks to grocery stores and youth clubs will operate projects over the next five years to help the more than one million new immigrants set to land here.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s new Settlement Program is designed to give important information to eligible new immigrants.
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Under a new Resettlement Assistance Program, IRCC will provide support to government-assisted refugees and other eligible individuals.
The help will come in four broad areas:
- Life in Canada and the community in which they will settle.
- Language training.
- Help finding a job
- Help making connections with established immigrants and Canadians.
“These supports and services help newcomers integrate and build a successful life in Canada, while also helping employers, schools and other organizations build welcoming communities,” an IRCC statement said.
Projects selected include:
- Language training and workplace-based language instruction that will help newcomers settle and gain relevant skills.
- Employment services that will foster the entrepreneurial spirit of newcomers and engage private sector employers.
- Support for French-speaking newcomers that will establish stronger ties to Francophone minority communities outside Quebec.
- Integration of vulnerable populations, such as youth, women, seniors and LGBTQ2 newcomers.
- Programming that addresses the need for newcomer mental health and well-being supports.
- Projects that enhance local integration and social inclusion in small-centre, rural and northern areas
IRCC says the new projects complement those selected through the existing Service Delivery Improvement Program, Pre-Arrival Services Program and Visible Minority Newcomer Women Program.
“Canada is a recognized international leader in settlement and integration,” said Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen.
“We firmly believe that when we invest in helping newcomers learn the language, find employment, and build a successful life, all of Canada benefits.”
IRCC began accepting project proposals for direct integration services in February 2019. It issued a second call for indirect proposals, such as research and capacity building, in March.
Funding for approved projects will begin on April 1 2020, and end on March 31, 2025.