Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

August 07, 2008 11:43 ET

Minister Finley Opens New Settlement Service Centre; Announces Services for Organizations Helping Newcomers in the Scarborough Area

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 7, 2008) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today attended the opening of a new settlement service centre in Scarborough and announced new funding for six Toronto organizations that will help form the building blocks for a new life in Canada.

The new funding of more than $10 million will go toward providing essential settlement services necessary for a successful life for newcomers to Canada. Such services include language training for nearly 1,800 students, referrals to community resources, and general information and employment-related services to 4,100 newcomers. Today's announcement brings the total funding for organizations serving newcomers in the Scarborough area to more than $19 million announced since January 2008.

"Canada believes in immigration and is committed to helping newcomers and their families succeed," said Minister Finley. "The new Immigrant Resource Centre is one of the many places in the community where newcomers can go to get the help they need to begin the process of building their new life here in Canada, including learning one of our official languages, finding a job and settling into the community. The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that newcomers have the necessary tools and resources available to them for success."

"With the support we've received from the Government of Canada, we will be able to provide quality settlement services to newcomers in Toronto at our new Immigrant Resource Centre in the Scarborough area," said Danny Mui, Executive Director of the Centre for Information and Community Services of Ontario. "Our multi-service centre will assist immigrants of all ages in settling and integrating into their new home-Canada."

"The Government of Canada understands the need we have in our community to actively engage newcomer youths and their families," said Claire Fainer, Executive Director of the East Metro Youth Services. "With this new funding, we will be able to help young newcomers by providing preventative programs that address the psychological and emotional challenges youths often face when settling and integrating in a new environment."

Newcomers to Canada can also turn 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 the country offering in-person foreign credential referral services to newcomers. In addition, through the "Working in Canada" tool available at, CIC provides an online service that helps newcomers, both actual and prospective, identify occupations for which they may be qualified.

The Government of Canada 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.

For more information on federal government programs, consult our website at

Contact Information

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Minister's Office
    Tim Vail
    Press Secretary
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Ontario Region
    Madona Mokbel