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Funding to enhance Immigrants’ Integration

11 June 2007 at 17:57 | 792 views

The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, recently announced approximately $18.8 million in funding for several provinces and territories to enhance online information about settling and working across the country to help immigrants integrate into Canadian society.

Alberta will receive $1,200,000 over a three-year period. The funding will go toward developing online content, tools and services that will promote the province as a destination and help immigrants integrate once they arrive. The funds can also be used for consultation and outreach. Alberta may also choose to provide funding to municipalities to help enhance information at the local level.

“Canada’s New Government recognizes the importance of helping immigrant families succeed and we are committed to helping newcomers settle and prosper in Canada,” said Minister Finley. “As the Internet often serves as a primary source of information, the provision of timely, accurate and relevant information is essential. With each region of Canada having its own unique characteristics and opportunities, online resources will help immigrants as they arrive and settle in Canada.”

“This enhanced web portal is another element within our Made in Alberta Immigration Strategy,” said Iris Evans, Alberta Minister of Employment, Immigration and Industry. “Immigrating to Canada and settling in Alberta involves a great deal of planning and research and this new website will answer many questions potential immigrants and newcomers have when settling in Alberta.”

Contribution agreements have also been signed with New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. Under existing federal-provincial immigration agreements, British Columbia and Manitoba will also receive funding to help them improve the provision of online information for prospective immigrants and newcomers.

Provincial and territorial portals will link to the government’s existing Going to Canada Immigration Portal (www.goingtocanada.gc.ca), which provides online information and services to help immigrants make informed decisions about coming to Canada, and assists them in their integration and settlement once they arrive.

Source: Citizenship and Immigration Cnada website.

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