Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

March 01, 2010 14:15 ET

Minister Kenney Announces Expanded On-line Resource for Newcomers

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 1, 2010) - From finding information on how to start a new business to opening a bank account, there are many steps newcomers take to successfully make their way in Canada. Now, an internet resource has been created for newcomers to help them quickly and easily find a range of government services, in addition to settlement services, in their communities, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. This resource is easy to find at

"The Services for Newcomers resource has been put in place to help newcomers find the private sector and government services they need to succeed. With this resource, newcomers will easily find the many services available to them, such as how to buy their first home," said Minister Kenney. "This can only increase their chance of successful integration within their new communities, and this is an important goal for Canada."

The Services for Newcomers resource helps newcomers to Canada locate settlement services in their community, as well as find a range of other federal, provincial, and territorial government services. Newcomers will be able to e-mail the results of their searches to themselves, family members or other newcomers, making it easier to keep track of their search results. This on-line resource will be updated and expanded continually to add more information on services newcomers will likely be searching for when they first arrive.

Settlement services are an essential part of the federal government's immigration program. CIC funds a number of services, including language training, employment related assistance and community service referrals to help newcomers settle, adapt and integrate into Canadian society. These services are delivered in partnership with provinces, territories and community-based organizations. Since 2006, the Government of Canada has tripled immigrant settlement funding, after it had been previously frozen for years.

For more information on CIC programs, please visit

Contact Information

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Minister's Office
    Alykhan Velshi
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Communications Branch
    Media Relations Unit