Prepared by Samuel Francis Gills; Shreeya A Pal; Edited by Veronica Laurent on January 21, 2022

Honourable Sean Fraser, minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced a $35 million expansion in resettlement capacity and settlement services across Canada.

The policy intervention will help refugees and vulnerable newcomers adapt to life in Canada. The investments will expand the Resettlement Assistance Program service provider’s footprint to 41 communities across Canada.

This move from the government spells a few things. Firstly, it means that the incumbent government prioritizes economic recovery. Secondly, it also means that the government recognizes the crucial role newcomers have – not just in post-pandemic economic recovery, but also in the community and social development.

Here’s a complete breakdown of the proposed expenditure:

$21 million on 9 New Resettlement Assistance Programs

9 New Resettlement Assistance Program Service Providers will be added in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and New Brunswick. This makes for a total of 41 Resettlement Assistance Program Service providers across Canada. These new service providers will relieve the pressure on the existing 32 Resettlement Assistance Program service providers across Canada.

$14 million on Case Management services

$14 million will be used to bolster 14 existing service providers so that they can assist more newcomers. This means support for more newcomers, and referrals to settle successfully into new communities. This fund will be used to bolster and expand their support to handle more newcomers.

Case Management is a comprehensive approach to support the settlement of government-assisted refugees and other high needs. Services include a comprehensive needs and assets assessment that will result in a settlement plan which includes referrals, regular monitoring of progress and check-ins at set intervals, as well as personalized and intensive supports based on client needs.

Canada remains the international leader in settlement and integration because of the collaborative efforts of government and service provider organizations across the country.

Newcomers and refugees have long been the motor of Canada’s society and economy, and our country has a proud tradition of being an international leader in resettlement and integration.” says the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

This success could not be achieved without the help of vital settlement service organizations that help newcomers learn Canada’s official languages, find jobs, and build successful lives in their new communities. Our investment today will be key to enhancing access to support services in smaller and rural communities. These services will support newcomer families and provide the tools for their long-term success in the years ahead.”

About Resettlement Assistance Program

Resettlement Assistance Programs are funding programs operating in all provinces outside Quebec. The program supports government-assisted refugees and other eligible immigrants upon their arrival in Canada.

This program provides newcomers and refugees with opportunities to settle in small and medium-sized towns or rural communities. Services may include financial support –in the form of a one-time start-up allowance and monthly income support for up to a year or until the immigrants can sustain themselves, whichever comes first. Immediate and essential services are provided to clients within 4 to 6 weeks of their arrival in Canada.

Check out Owlspriority Immigration’s Canada Settlement Resources to learn more about ways to find a new job in Canada, making your initial days in Canada stress-free and confident.

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