Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

February 29, 2008 12:51 ET

Government of Canada Announces Funding to Help Newcomers Settle in London, Ontario

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 29, 2008) - Joe Preston, Member of Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today announced more than $3 million in funding to help seven organizations deliver settlement services to immigrants in London, Ontario.

The services include language training, translation and interpretation, referrals to community resources and counselling. The funding is expected to help over 1,000 newcomers.

"The Government of Canada wants to help new immigrants settle into the community," said Minister Finley. "Making the transition to life in Canada can be challenging. With this funding, newcomers in London will have access to services that make that transition easier."

"All the settlement organizations receiving funding today do very good work to help newcomers," said Mr. Preston. "Today's announcement means more newcomers will get more help and that's good for everyone in London."

"The new funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will allow our centre to provide settlement services to newcomers in their own neighbourhood," said Nancy Needham, Executive Director of the South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre. "It is with great pleasure that we are now able to provide these services with funding from the federal government through the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement (COIA)."

In 2006, the Government of Canada began investing an additional $1.4 billion over five years in settlement funding across the country. Settlement services are an essential part of the federal government's immigration program. Through the COIA, the Government of Canada has increased settlement funding for Ontario by a total of $920 million over five years. Under the COIA, CIC works with the province and immigrant-serving agencies to make a real difference in the lives of immigrants.

Newcomers to Canada can also look 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. The FCRO was established in 2007 to provide information, path-finding and referral services to help internationally trained individuals use their skills in Canada. There are now 320 Service Canada Centres across Canada offering in-person services to newcomers.

CIC 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 and include the Immigrant Settlement and Adaptation Program, which provides orientation, referral and counselling services; Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada, which provides basic language training for adults; and the Host Program, which helps newcomers connect with volunteers who help them access services, establish contacts in their field of work and participate in the community.

For more information on CIC's programs, consult our website at 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
    Ontario Region
    Lonny Kates
    Communications
    416-954-7868