Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

March 07, 2008 12:15 ET

The Government of Canada Announces Funding to Calgary Immigrant Women's Association

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 7, 2008) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today announced funding in support of the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association to provide services to immigrant women.

The funding, totaling $1,460,142, will help the organization deliver settlement services including language training, counseling, and help finding a job. The funding is expected to help an estimated 1,000 immigrant women.

"The Government of Canada is committed to helping all newcomers succeed in Canada," said Minister Finley. "Calgary has a growing immigrant community. This funding will be used to provide newcomer women with one-on-one counseling services to help them as they transition to their new lives. Their successful integration will contribute to strengthening our country as a whole."

"Thank you Citizenship and Immigration Canada for providing support for programs addressing the needs of immigrant women," said Beba Svigir, Executive Director of the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association. "This new funding allows us to offer enhanced services to women who play an important role in the diversity of our city and in the quality of our society. Immigrant women face specific challenges, and one-on-one counseling sessions will allow us to provide customized, culturally sensitive support in their process of settlement and integration in Canada."

Settlement services are an essential part of the federal government's immigration program. Since 2006, the Government of Canada has begun investing an additional $1.4 billion over five years in settlement funding to provinces and territories. Quebec receives annual funding through a separate agreement. For 2008-2009, Alberta will be receiving more than $47 million in basic settlement funding.

Newcomers 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.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada funds a number of programs that help newcomers settle, adapt to and integrate into Canadian society. These programs are delivered in partnership with provinces, territories and service-providing organizations and include the Immigrant Settlement and Adaptation Program, which provides orientation, referral and counseling services; Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada, which provides basic language training for adults; and the Host Program, which enables newcomers to connect with volunteers who help them access services, establish contacts in their field of work and participate in the community.

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Contact Information

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Minister's Office
    Tim Vail
    Press Secretary
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Karen Shadd-Evelyn
    Media Relations Spokesperson
    Communications Branch