Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

September 24, 2009 09:51 ET

The Governments of Canada and Ontario Partner with the Regional Municipality of York to Help Newcomers

NEWMARKET, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2009) - Immigrants in the York Region will have improved access to services to help them successfully integrate into their communities as a result of a new Local Immigration Partnership initiative.

The announcement was made by Newmarket-Aurora MP Lois Brown, Vaughan MPP Greg Sorbara and York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.

The Regional Municipality of York will receive $448,000 in Government of Canada funding for the initiative, which includes the establishment of a local partnership council. This council will develop a settlement strategy to identify delivery models, initiatives and projects tailored to assist newcomers. It will be comprised of municipal representatives, employers, school boards and settlement and social service agencies. Between 2001 and 2006, York Region has welcomed 46,460 recent immigrants.

"This initiative will enhance the municipality's ability to help newcomers integrate," said MP Brown, on behalf of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. "Improving access to services that make the integration process easier will benefit not only newcomers, but communities across Ontario."

The funding is being provided through the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement, a partnership between Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. Almost $3 million will be allocated to municipalities and service provider organizations across Ontario to establish the partnerships.

"Newcomers are important to Ontario's economic and social prosperity," said MPP Sorbara, on behalf of Provincial Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Michael Chan. "Helping them succeed in their communities is a good investment for all Ontarians."

"The Regional Muncipality of York has the third largest recent immigrant population in Ontario," said Mr. Fisch. "This funding will help York Region enhance partnerships with community agencies and develop a coordinated, tailor-made local immigration settlement strategy. This Strategy will be designed to assist newcomers with local settlement, language and employment supports to successfully integrate and participate in their new communities."

Settlement services are an essential part of the Government of Canada's immigration program. Since 2006, the Government of Canada has substantially increased funding to support settlement programs and services. An additional $1.4 billion is being invested over a five-year period in all provinces and territories outside Quebec, which has responsibility for settlement services through the Canada-Quebec Accord. Increasing the uptake of immigrant settlement programs was identified as a government priority in the 2008 Speech from the Throne.

Citizenship and Immigration 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, service-providing organizations and other stakeholders.

For more information, please visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada's website at www.cic.gc.ca or the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration's website at www.citizenship.gov.on.ca

Contact Information

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Alykhan Velshi
    Minister's Office
    Alykhan.Velshi@cic.gc.ca
    or
    Ministry of Citizenship & Immigration
    Coralie D'Souza
    Minister's Office
    416-325-6204
    or
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Ian Darragh
    Communications Branch - Ontario Region
    416-954-7868
    or
    The Regional Municipality of York
    Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson
    905-830-4444 ext. 4016
    Jennifer.mitchell-emmerson@york.ca