Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

March 07, 2008 11:49 ET

Government of Canada Announces Funding to Help Newcomers Settle in Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 7, 2008) - Barry Devolin, Member of Parliament for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today announced funding to help the YMCA Korean Community Services and the Korean Canadian Women's Association (KCWA) Family and Social Services deliver settlement services to immigrants in Toronto.

The funding of over $684,000 is expected to help more than 1,600 newcomers to Toronto access settlement services such as language training, counseling and help finding employment.

"The Government of Canada knows the challenges that immigrants face," said Minister Finley. "This funding will give newcomers in Toronto access to the services they need to settle into their new lives in Canada. Their success is good for this community and good for Canada as a whole."

"Our government supports the Korean community in Canada," said Mr. Devolin. "Both the YMCA Korean Community Services and the Korean Canadian Women's Association do great work to help newcomers and their families settle into their new lives in Canada."

"We are extremely pleased that Citizenship and Immigration Canada recognizes the increasing number of Korean newcomers to Canada and their need for effective settlement and integration programs and services," said Younglee Ha, Executive Director of KCWA Family and Social Services. "It is with great pleasure that we are now able to provide these services with funding from the Government through the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement."

"In 1977, the YMCA of Greater Toronto established the Korean Community Services program with funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada," said Penny Pattinson, General Manager YMCA Newcomer Services. "The funding announced today enables us to continue helping Korean newcomers thrive in Canada."

Settlement services are an essential part of the federal government's immigration program. Through the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement (COIA), the Government of Canada has increased settlement funding for Ontario by a total of $920 million over five years. Under COIA, Citizenship and Immigration Canada 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 counseling 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 Web site 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
    Lonny Kates
    Communications Branch
    Ontario Region
    416-954-7868