May 11, 2023 | Ottawa — Marie-France Lalonde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced over $65 million in funding extensions to service provider organizations across the country to continue delivering important settlement services, including pre-arrival services, services for racialized newcomer women, and language training for newcomers in Francophone minority communities.
According to the media release, “settlement services are key to setting up newcomers for success in Canada. They provide newcomers with the information and support they need to make informed decisions about their new lives in Canada before and after they arrive, which helps them successfully transition into their communities and find work faster.”
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s pre-arrival services program maximizes the economic and social integration of newcomers by
- directly connecting clients with the information and services they need through a streamlined, easy-to-navigate process
- encouraging newcomers to apply for recognition of their foreign credentials before they arrive, if needed
- linking clients to federal and provincial settlement services in Canada
As part of the funding announcement, Parliamentary Secretary Lalonde announced that the YMCA of the National Capital Region, which will receive over $1.2 million to continue delivering important pre-arrival services to new immigrants.
The 15 service provider organizations with funding extensions for pre-arrival services serve clients in their country of origin and are based in British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario and abroad. Canada has funded pre-arrival services since 1998. While initially only provided to refugees, services were expanded to include other categories of immigrants in 2001.