Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

August 08, 2008 12:55 ET

Canada's Government Provides Opportunities to Help Newcomers Succeed

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Aug. 8, 2008) - Parliamentary Secretary Ed Komarnicki, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today announced funding to help immigrant-serving organizations deliver settlement services to newcomers in Saskatoon.

The new funding of over $2.2 million will provide for necessary and important programs such as language training for up to 2,000 newcomers. The funding will also go toward helping newcomers get referrals to community resources for assistance in settling into their new communities and support in finding a job.

"Our Government is committed to ensuring newcomers integrate into their communities and find meaningful employment," said Mr. Komarnicki. "By offering various settlement programs, such as language training, we are giving newcomers the opportunity to succeed. When immigrants succeed, Canada succeeds."

The Saskatoon Open Door Society will receive $1,276,641 million to deliver a range of settlement services to newcomers in Saskatoon.

"The population of newcomers in Saskatoon is growing rapidly, as is the demand for settlement and integration services. Over 5,000 clients were served through our major programs in the 2007-08 fiscal year, an increase of 72% over the past year," said Bertha Gana, Executive Director of the Saskatoon Open Door Society. "The new funding will assist us to meet the growing demand for language training, ongoing settlement and integration support for family and youth, HOST programming, settlement support in schools to enhance retention and integration of newcomers in Saskatoon."

Three other organizations serving immigrants will also be receiving funding. Global Gathering Place will receive $76,279 and the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology and Saskatchewan Intercultural Association will be benefitting from $754,075 and $121,019 respectively.

Newcomers can also turn to the Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO), which helps internationally trained individuals find the information they need to get their credentials assessed and recognized more quickly. Established in 2007, the FCRO provides information, path-finding and referral services to help internationally trained individuals use their skills in Canada. There are now 320 Service Canada centres across the country offering in-person services to newcomers.

The Government of Canada funds a number of programs that help newcomers settle, adapt and integrate into Canadian society. These programs are delivered in partnership with provinces, territories and service-providing organizations.

For more information on programs available from the Government of Canada, please visit www.cic.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Minister's Office
    Tim Vail
    Press Secretary
    613-954-1064
    or
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Media Relations Unit
    Communications Branch
    613-952-1650
    CIC-Media-Relations@cic.gc.ca