Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

March 19, 2008 11:04 ET

Government of Canada Announces Funding to Help Newcomers Settle in Windsor

WINDSOR, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 19, 2008) - Jeff Watson, Member of Parliament for Windsor-Essex, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today announced funding for seven organizations to deliver settlement services to newcomers in Windsor and the surrounding area.

The new funding, totalling more than $13.3 million over the next two years, will go toward settlement services, including language training, and assistance in finding a job and settling into the community. The funding is expected to help an estimated 7,500 newcomers in the Windsor area.

"The Government of Canada is committed to helping newcomers to Windsor succeed," said Mr. Watson. "Settlement organizations in Windsor work hard every day to help newcomers. This funding will allow them to offer more services to help newcomers develop their skills and integrate into the community, which in turn will help strengthen Windsor and the surrounding area."

"In partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), Windsor and Essex County agencies serving new Canadians work diligently to promote the settlement and integration of newcomers," said Reza Shahbazi, Executive Director of New Canadians' Centre of Excellence Inc. "New federal funding facilitates the development and enhancement of the programs and services offered in our community. The Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement (COIA) is a smart investment that will pay dividends for our communities and Canadian society for many years to come."

"Over the years, the YMCA of Windsor and Essex County has offered services to address the changing needs of newcomers," said Dan Pelletier, Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Windsor and Essex County. "The funding we receive from CIC will allow us to serve newcomers and build a stronger community and future for Windsor and Essex County."

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

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. Established in 2007, the FCRO provides 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 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
    Lonny Kates
    Communications
    Ontario Region
    416-954-7868