Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

March 26, 2008 14:56 ET

Government of Canada Provides Funding to Help Newcomers in Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 26, 2008) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today announced funding to help immigrants settle and integrate into the Greater Toronto Area.

The funding, totalling $2.4 million, will go to three Jewish organizations in Toronto. Jewish Family and Child Services will receive $1,658,148, Jewish Immigrant Aid Services Toronto will receive $570,162 and the Jewish Vocational Services of Metropolitan Toronto will receive $226,549.

The funding will go toward a variety of settlement services, including language training, counselling and help finding a job. It will also help to place up to 12 settlement workers in Toronto District School Board schools. In total, the funding is expected to allow these organizations to help an estimated 400 newcomers.

"The Government of Canada is committed to helping newcomers succeed," said Minister Finley. "Toronto has long been an attractive destination for immigrants. The Jewish Family and Child Services, Jewish Immigrant Aid Services and Jewish Vocational Services of Toronto have for many years done great work to help newcomers. With this support, we can count on a dynamic community that is strengthened by its immigrants."

"We continue to see hundreds of new immigrant families each year who arrive and settle in the Greater Toronto Area," said Janis Roth, Executive Director of Jewish Immigrant Aid Services Toronto. "The new funds and support we receive from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), through the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement (COIA), will allow us to provide newcomers with a comprehensive continuum of essential settlement and integration services."

Settlement services are an important part of a successful immigration program. In 2006, the Government of Canada began investing an additional $1.4 billion over five years in settlement funding across the country. 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.

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. Funding for the three Jewish organizations is offered through the Immigrant Settlement and Adaptation Program, which provides orientation, referral and counselling services and support for the Settlement Workers in Schools Program. Other programs offered by CIC include 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

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    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Minister's Office
    Tim Vail, Press Secretary
    613-954-1064
    or
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Ontario Region
    Madona Mokbel
    Communications
    416-954-7868