Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

February 19, 2008 12:08 ET

Government of Canada Invests to Help Immigrants Settle in St. John's

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND and LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2008) - The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today announced funding for the Association for New Canadians in St. John's to deliver settlement and integration services to immigrants, as well as funding for Sharing Our Cultures to stage a multicultural event.

Funding for the Association for New Canadians, totalling $111,775, will support language training and job search support for immigrants, as well as training for settlement workers to help them serve newcomers. Funding of $19,800 from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for Sharing Our Cultures will go toward planning and staging the three-day event aimed at increasing cross-cultural awareness. The event is expected to involve 100 immigrant children and more than 3,000 students and teachers.

"The Government of Canada is committed to helping newcomers and their families succeed. This funding will help new immigrants with job-specific language training so they can find a job where they will use their skills, strengthening our community as a whole," said Minister Hearn. "In addition, the funding for Sharing Our Cultures will help it continue to be the force for facilitating cross-cultural teaching and learning that it has been over the past few years."

"Through the services we can deliver under these programs, we can greatly enhance the contribution that newcomers make to both the economic and social strength of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador," said Bridget Foster, of the Association for New Canadians. "Increasing language skills and creating awareness of cultural barriers is fundamental to successful integration. In this regard, we work closely with newcomers and partners to realize this goal."

"Sharing Our Cultures has become a landmark event in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador," says Lloydetta Quaicoe, founder and coordinator of the event. "Each year, we see more and better participation from students who are new to Canada, as well as from most of the cultural and educational organizations in the province."

The event, to take place March 16-18, 2008, is in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Canada's Racism. Stop It! campaign. In its ninth year, the Sharing Our Cultures project gives young people the opportunity to showcase their cultures to their peers in the community. This year, more than 25 nationalities will be represented at the event and over 3,000 students and teachers from the region are expected to participate.

Settlement services are an important part of a successful immigration program. Since 2006, the Government of Canada has begun investing more than $1.4 billion in additional settlement funding across the country. For 2008-09, Newfoundland and Labrador will receive almost $1.4 million in basic settlement funding, an increase of about $80,000 over the previous year.

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Contact Information

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Minister's Office
    Tim Vail
    Press Secretary
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Jon Stone
    Director, Communications
    Atlantic Region