Canadian Government announces Local Immigration Partnerships for several Ontario municipal regions
The city of Guelph, the regional municipality of Niagara and the York Region will all receive funding from the federal government to develop initiatives that will help newcomers integrate and successfully settle into their new communities.
The initiative includes the establishment of a local partnership council, to develop models, strategies and projects that will assist newcomers upon their arrival in these Ontario cities.
The funding is being provided through the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement, a partnership between the federal and provincial immigration ministries. CIC said that almost $3 million will be allocated to municipalities and service provider organizations across Ontario to establish the partnerships.
"Improving access to services that make the integration process easier will benefit not only newcomers, but communities across Ontario," said Rick Dykstra, Parliamentary Secretary to Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada Minister Jason Kenney.
This week, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced several Local Immigration Partnership initiatives for Ontario cities and their surrounding areas.