Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

February 29, 2008 12:56 ET

Government of Canada Announces Funding to Help Newcomers Settle in the Barrie Area

BARRIE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 29, 2008) - Patrick Brown, Member of Parliament for Barrie, Ontario, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today announced funding for the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka to deliver settlement services to newcomers in Barrie and the surrounding region.

The funding, totalling $984,529, will help an estimated 700 newcomers access settlement services in the region, including reception, orientation, translation and interpretation services; referrals to community resources; counselling services; and employment-related services. It will also provide language training to 63 individuals and 10 child-minding spaces over a two-year period.

"The Government of Canada is committed to helping newcomers and their families succeed," said Mr. Brown. "This funding will provide settlement services that will help newcomers improve their language skills and facilitate their transition to their new lives in Canada, which in turn will help strengthen our community."

"Simcoe County has become an attractive alternative for newcomers," said Tom Coon, Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka. "We have a great partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), supported through the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement (COIA) that allows us to provide new and improved opportunities in immigrant settlement assistance."

Settlement programs are part of a successful 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.

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 providers and include the Immigrant Settlement and Adaptation Program, which generally provides orientation, referral and counselling services; the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada, which provides language training; 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.

CIC also provides services through the Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO), which is designed to help internationally trained individuals who plan to work in Canada get their credentials assessed and recognized more quickly. The FCRO was established in 2007 to provide information and path-finding and referral services to help internationally trained individuals use their skills in Canada.

In 2006, the Government of Canada began investing an additional $1.4 billion over five years in settlement funding across the country.

For more information on CIC's programs, consult our website at

Contact Information

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Minister's Office
    Tim Vail
    Press Secretary
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Ontario Region
    Lonny Kates
    Communications Branch