Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

December 22, 2008 12:00 ET

Minister Kenney Announces Increase in Federal Commitments to Help Newcomers Settle in British Columbia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 22, 2008) - The Government of Canada is keeping its promise in the Speech from the Throne to work with the provinces and territories to increase the uptake of immigrant settlement programs. British Columbia will be allocated over $120 million in federal funding next year to help newcomers settle and integrate into their new communities, the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, announced today.

"This annual support shows our government's continuing commitment to help the development and continuation of important programs and services that can make a real difference in the lives of newcomers to Canada," said Minister Kenney. "Programs, such as language training, job search and employment services, help newcomers integrate and succeed in Canada. As newcomers become productive and contributing members of the community, their success is Canada's success."

The funding represents an increase of over $14 million or 13 percent from 2008-09. Overall, provinces and territories outside of Ontario and Quebec will be allocated more than $240 million in federal funding next year to help newcomers settle and integrate into their new communities, an increase of over $40 million or more than 20 percent from 2008-09. Funding for the provinces of Ontario and Quebec are provided for in separate bilateral agreements. (See backgrounder for a breakdown of the provincial and territorial settlement funding allocations outside of Quebec and Ontario:

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has substantially increased funding to support settlement programs and services; an additional $1.4 billion is being invested over a five year period in all provinces and territories outside Quebec.

This includes programs and services to support newcomers in a variety of ways by providing: language training so they have the language skills to function in Canada; the information they need to better understand life in Canada and make informed decisions about their settlement experience; the required assistance to find employment commensurate with their skills and education; and help to establish networks and contacts so they are engaged and feel welcomed in their communities.

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