January 17, 2019 – Canada has begun offering pre-arrival services to new immigrants as part of a federal government funding initiative.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is spending $113 million on ways to help newcomers before they arrive in Canada.
The help available includes settlement and employment services as well as licensure applications for economic class, family class, refugees and Francophone immigrants.
The move is design to cut the period of integration required for new immigrants by preparing them for Canadian life before they arrive.
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With Canada’s federal government planning to welcome more than one million new permanent residents over the next three years, it knows investment in integration infrastructure is required.
Quickly integrating newcomers allows them to better contribute to Canada’s economic growth.
In-person services will be offered in China, India, and the Philippines, along with a pilot project for in-person Francophone services in Morocco.
Canada Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen believes pre-arrival services are important.
“Pre-arrival services provide permanent residents with information and settlement support so they can make informed decisions about their new life in Canada and begin the integration process before they arrive,” he said.
“IRCC’s renewed pre-arrival program will deliver consistent, high‑quality client-centered services to people around the world.”
Organizations Receiving Federal Government Funding
1. YMCA of Greater Toronto
The YMCA of Greater Toronto will receive $5.6 million in funding to provide these services, the federal government announced recently.
It will specifically offer online, national-level information and orientation, while referring newcomers to other organizations providing settlement services.
2. Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) will receive $13.1 million of the funding.
ISANS is offering online modules, webinars and employment counselling to new immigrants, including French programming and services for refugees and young people.
The organization already provides settlement services as part of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, a joint federal-provincial program looking to attract and retain thousands of new immigrants to the region.
S.U.C.C.E.S.S., based in Vancouver will receive $22.4 million in government funding.
4. Jewish Vocational Service of Metropolitan Toronto
The Jewish Vocational Service of Metropolitan Toronto will receive $4 million in government funding.
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