Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has increased funding for settlement funding programs throughout Canada. British Colombia has seen an almost 300% increase in funding since 2006.
Because of this increase in money available for settlement funding, the government of British Colombia is currently accepting proposals from organizations and individuals for the creation and start-up of immigrant settlement programs.
“The federal government has tripled settlement funding since 2006, and ensured that each region of Canada receives a fair share of national funding for settlement services so that newcomers have access to the same quality of services regardless of where they choose to settle,” Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney said in a CIC news report.
From the inception of the Harper government’s immigration plan, officials have been repeating their steadfast support of immigration settlement. Their justification of this support stems from the belief, often backed up by thorough research, that helping immigrants settle into Canada is not only beneficial to the immigrants, but to society as a whole.
Entrepreneurs or organizations looking to create one of these programs can apply for grants with the CIC online; however, they must submit their application by the close of business on July 8, 2013. The agreements are to be made with the CIC and the programs will be supported for a maximum of two years.
Immigrant assistance programs may be offered for the following services:
- Language programs (for English or French)
- Support groups
- Help in applying for citizenship or other governmental benefits
- Getting a job
- Finding education programs in Canada.