Investing in settlement services for newcomers

2023 May 11

Settlement services are key to setting up newcomers for success in Canada. They provide newcomers with the information and support they need to make informed decisions about their new lives in Canada before and after they arrive, which helps them successfully transition into their communities and find work faster.

Today, Marie-France Lalonde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced over $65 million in funding extensions to service provider organizations across the country to continue delivering important settlement services, including pre-arrival services, services for racialized newcomer women, and language training for newcomers in Francophone minority communities.

As part of today’s funding announcement, Parliamentary Secretary Lalonde announced that the YMCA of the National Capital Region, which will receive over $1.2 million to continue delivering important pre-arrival services to new immigrants.

This funding extension will continue to support service provider organizations to deliver services to newcomers before they arrive in Canada. The YMCA offers a broad range of services abroad, which can be accessed online and in-person. Through pre-arrival service providers, newcomers are able to access important resources before coming to Canada, including information about the Canadian workplace, employment counselling and soft skills development.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s pre-arrival services program maximizes the economic and social integration of newcomers by

  • directly connecting clients with the information and services they need through a streamlined, easy-to-navigate process
  • encouraging newcomers to apply for recognition of their foreign credentials before they arrive, if needed
  • linking clients to federal and provincial settlement services in Canada

Investments in pre-arrival services are investments in the newcomers and families joining Canada’s diverse communities, and they help them grow while strengthening Canada’s economy. Further details on individual funding for service provider organizations will be announced in the coming weeks.