Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

September 14, 2010 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Announces Funding for Newcomers' Centre in Scarborough

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2010) - The Government of Canada is investing $686,481 to help newcomers and their families in Scarborough, MP Paul Calandra announced today, on behalf of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.

The funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada enables the Agincourt Community Services Association to provide settlement services – including orientation sessions, counselling and interpretation – to newcomers in the Dorset Park and Steeles-L'Amoreaux neighbourhoods at their new Newcomers' Centre.

"The Newcomers' Centre, which opened its doors earlier this year, will be holding an Open House today to promote its services," said Minister Kenney. "I want to offer my congratulations to the staff at Agincourt Community Services Association for all their dedicated work in helping newcomers in Scarborough."

"The Government of Canada is committed to helping immigrants succeed," said MP Calandra. "The Newcomer Centre will provide an innovative way to help newcomers get access to a full range of settlement services and expertise under one roof."

"Settlement services are instrumental in helping immigrants succeed in the Canadian economy and integrate into their communities," said Minister Kenney.

Since the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement was signed in 2005, the Government of Canada has more than tripled its annual spending on settlement services for newcomers in Ontario. For 2010-11, the Government of Canada is investing $428 million in Ontario for settlement services for newcomers, such as language training, job search workshops and placing immigration settlement workers in schools.

Contact Information

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Minister's Office
    Alykhan Velshi
    or
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Ontario Region
    Media Relations
    416-954-7868