Action interculturelles de développement et d’éducation (AIDE) has been selected by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as one of four regional partners to deliver pre-arrival services to French-speaking newcomers.
The Quebec-based organization will receive $1.5 million towards research studies and training programs to help with the socio-economic and cultural integration of immigrants.
The announcement was made by Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury, and Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, on August 1, 2019.
The funding is part of an IRCC’s renewed pre-arrival service program that aims to facilitate the social integration of newcomers and prepare them to enter the job market.
“IRCC’s reviewed pre-arrival program will deliver consistent, high-quality client-centered services to people around the world,” said Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship in a press release.
The renewed program offer services such as: help with foreign education; work experience and Canadian credential recognition; job searches; and information about available settlement services in Canada.
In order to improve the delivery of these services in French and better inform newcomers about support available through Francophone and Acadian communities, Minister Hussen announced last November that four organizations will be forming a “unique collaborative partnership model.” They will also be offering personalized pre-arrival services to Francophone immigrants.
La Cité, The largest French-Language College in Ontario, and the primary point of contact for these newcomers, will be offering online and general information and then referring their Ontario-bound clients to AIDE for more individualized support.
“AIDE will be doing great work as part of Connexions Francophones, a unique partnership model that offers personalized pre-arrival services to French-speaking newcomers. This is part of the Government of Canada’s overall mission to reinforce what they’ve heard from the business and academic communities time and time again, for the need to promote immigration and to go one step further and offer support to ensure successful journeys and settlement,” stated Marc Serré.