Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

February 22, 2008 07:10 ET

Government of Canada Provides Funding to Help Newcomers in North Bay

NORTH BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2008) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today announced funding to help immigrants settle and integrate in North Bay, Ontario.

The funding, totalling $280,000, is being provided to two organizations serving newcomers in the North Bay area.

The North Bay and District Multicultural Centre will receive $194,000 to deliver settlement assistance to newcomers, including help in finding a job and in accessing health and community services. The Centre will also bring newcomers and Canadian citizens together through networking events and a mentorship program during their first few months in Canada.

The Big Sisters of North Bay and District will receive $86,043 to deliver a mentoring program that matches volunteers with newcomer youths.

"The Government of Canada is committed to helping newcomers succeed," said Minister Finley. "With this funding, immigrants in the North Bay area will have access to a number of services to ease their transition to life in Canada. Their successful transition will strengthen this community and Canada as a whole."

"Helping newcomers to our community was identified as the city's top priority," said Don Curry, Executive Director of the Multicultural Centre. "Immigration to North Bay is increasing, and this funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), through the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement (COIA), puts us in an excellent position to attract and retain immigrants."

"Attracting newcomers to Northern Ontario is important to our communities and important to our government," said the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario. "Today's announcement means that newcomers to North Bay will now be able to access services that were previously unavailable and that will help newcomers and their families settle in their new life in Canada."

Settlement services are an important 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-providing organizations. Funding for the North Bay organizations is provided through the Immigrant Settlement and Adaptation Program, which provides orientation, referral and counselling services, 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 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
    Ontario Region
    Lonny Kates
    Communications
    416-954-7868