Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

June 19, 2008 11:56 ET

Government of Canada Announces Funding to Help Resettle Refugees in Edmonton

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 19, 2008) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today announced funding to help refugees settle and succeed in Edmonton.

Catholic Social Services will receive over $790,000 to assist up to 378 refugees in beginning their new lives in Alberta.

"Canada is a blessed country, and the Government of Canada is committed to helping those truly in need to begin their new lives in Canada," said Minister Finley. "As we celebrate World Refugee Day later this week, these services will help them along their journey. The hopes and dreams they bring with them will help build a richer and stronger Canada."

Falling on June 20, World Refugee Day is an annual opportunity to honour the courage of the millions of refugees and displaced people around the world.

The funding announced today is provided through the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP), which offers financial support and immediate and essential services. These services include help with temporary accommodation, assistance in finding a permanent home, help with such items as banking and managing a household, and other everyday tasks, as well as referrals to federal and provincial programs.

"We are privileged to welcome and support refugees from many regions of the world as they resettle in Edmonton," said Alice Colak, Executive Director of Catholic Social Services. "It is an inspiration to witness their remarkable courage, resilience and determination to rebuild their lives in a country so different from the one they left. World Refugee Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of refugee issues and the contributions they make to our community and country."

For 2008-09, CIC has set aside funding of $7,052,100 to help refugees in Alberta. In total, more than $49 million has been set aside under the RAP to assist in the resettlement of refugees nationally except for Quebec, which receives funding under the Canada-Quebec Accord.

These resettlement services are in addition to settlement services and programs funded by CIC to help all newcomers, including refugees, settle and integrate into their new communities. For these broader programs and services, Alberta is receiving more than $47 million in basic settlement funding for 2008-09, an increase of more than $16 million over the previous year.

Settlement and resettlement services are an essential part of the federal government's immigration program. They help immigrants and refugees overcome barriers specific to the newcomer experience and are key to supporting their longer term economic and social integration.

Canada resettles 10,000 to 12,000 refugees from overseas every year. This represents 10% of the 100,000 refugees resettled globally. In 2008, Canada will welcome 7,300 to 7,500 government-assisted refugees through the RAP and 3,300 to 4,500 through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program.

Contact Information

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Minister's Office
    Tim Vail
    Press Secretary
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Karen Shadd-Evelyn
    Media Relations Spokesperson
    Communications Branch