Canadian minister of Immigration announces newcomer settlement initiatives

Projects aimed at helping newcomers integrate into Canadian communities will receive support from the federal government.

Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has selected 824 projects to help in their endeavors to help foreigners adjust to life in Canada, according to a media release from the Government of Canada.

Canada’s minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, made the announcement today at the Boys and Girls Club of Moncton in New Brunswick.

“Canada is a recognized international leader in settlement and integration," Hussain said in the release. “We firmly believe that when we invest in helping newcomers learn the language, find employment, and build a successful life, all of Canada benefits.

“The Boys and Girls Club of Moncton project is an example of innovative programming that helps newcomers make the most of their talents to fully integrate and contribute to the Canadian economy and to their communities.”

Some examples of the new project initiatives include:

  • language training and workplace-based language instruction
  • employment and entrepreneurial services
  • support for French-speaking newcomers
  • integration of vulnerable populations, such as youth, women, seniors and LGBTQ2 newcomers
  • programming for newcomer mental health and well-being supports
  • projects that enhance local integration and social inclusion in small-centre, rural and northern areas

Funding for the approved projects is expected to begin on April 1, 2020 and end by March 31, 2025.

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