IMMIGRATION, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has selected 824 projects that will deliver high quality services to newcomers across the country for up to five years.
Through IRCC’s Settlement Program, eligible newcomers receive information about life in Canada and the community in which they will settle, language training, help finding a job, and 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.
The Resettlement Assistance Program provides supports and services to address the immediate and essential needs of government-assisted refugees and other eligible clients being resettled to Canada from overseas.
Projects selected through the National Call for Proposals 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
The newly chosen projects complement those selected through the Service Delivery Improvement Program, Pre-Arrival Services Program and Visible Minority Newcomer Women Program.
* On February 18, 2019, IRCC began accepting proposals from eligible individuals and organizations to provide direct services to newcomers. On March 27, IRCC began accepting proposals for indirect settlement services (such as research and capacity building).
* After a thorough review of the proposals received, 824 projects have been selected to deliver services that are client-centred, outcomes-driven and responsive to needs and that use resources effectively.
* Funding for approved projects is expected to begin on April 1, 2020, and end by March 31, 2025.