Funding

We fund services that help newcomers settle and adapt to life in Canada. These services include language training, information and referrals, help finding employment that matches newcomers’ skills and education, and help integrating into Canadian society.

The Settlement Program assists immigrants and refugees to overcome barriers specific to the newcomer experience (such as a lack of official language skills and limited knowledge of Canada) so that they can participate in social, cultural, civic and economic life in Canada. The program focuses on four areas: information and orientation; language training and skills development; labour market access; and welcoming communities. Most services are designed and delivered by service provider organizations, but certain services (such as some information provision) are delivered directly by IRCC, and some services are delivered overseas.

The Resettlement Assistance Program provides immediate and essential support services and income support to assist in meeting refugees’ resettlement needs. Essential services are supported through contributions to service provider organizations. RAP services include, but are not limited to, reception services, assistance with accommodations, links to mandatory federal and provincial programs, life skills training, and orientation on financial and non-financial information.

Open and upcoming funding processes

Upcoming: Call for proposals 2019 for settlement and resettlement assistance funding

This process opens February 18, 2019, at 8 am PST. The deadline for submitting your application will be April 12, 2019, at 5 pm PST.

How it works

This call for proposals process will create a full set of Settlement Program and Resettlement Assistance Program services across Canada that will be in place for the next 5 years. Funded projects will start on April 1, 2020, and will run up to 5 years, or end no later than March 31, 2025. You can apply to get funding under the Settlement Program and/or Resettlement Assistance Program but you must submit separate proposals for each program.

We’ll be hosting webinars from the last week of February to early March. These webinars will give you the opportunity to ask questions during the application process and seek clarity on any issues. A schedule and contact information on webinars will be posted on February 18, 2019.

Who can apply

Eligible applicants for settlement services
  • Provincial, territorial or municipal governments
  • International organizations
  • Not-for-profit organizations including non-governmental organizations, non-profit corporations, community groups, umbrella organizations and regulatory bodies and apprenticeship authorities
  • Businesses, including those that provide indirect services (for example, employers hiring newcomers, private language schools, conference organizers, Web or production firms for tool development)
  • Educational institutions (including school boards, districts and divisions)
  • Individuals
Eligible applicants for resettlement assistance services
  • Not-for-profit organizations and associations, including non-governmental organizations
  • Intergovernmental and international organizations
  • Businesses
  • Canadian educational institutions (including boards, districts and divisions)
  • Provincial, territorial or municipal governments
  • Individuals
Eligible clients

Only the following persons are eligible to receive settlement services:

  • Permanent residents of Canada
  • Protected persons as defined in Section 95 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Individuals who have been selected, inside or outside Canada, to become permanent residents (pending verifications) and who have been informed, by a letter from IRCC
  • Convention refugees and protected persons outside Canada who have been selected for resettlement in Canada by IRCC
  • Temporary foreign workers who hold or received approval of a work permit under section 112 or received initial approval for permanent residence under section 113 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations

How to apply

Step 1: Create an account on the Grants and Contributions System (GCS) partner portal and get an organization ID.

Step 2: Gather your documents. You’ll need these documents to submit a full application. Different mandatory documents are required based on who’s applying.

If you encounter any technical issues while completing the application form in the Grants and Contributions System, you are encouraged to contact the help desk.

If your proposal is missing any mandatory documents, your application will be considered incomplete and will be removed from the process.

Mandatory documents
Public institution (such as a school board) and any non-federal levels of government
  • Letter of support from each financial partner that is contributing funds toward the proposed project (if it applies to you)
Other organizations (including non-profits)
  • Most recent annual report
  • Full financial statements including comparative information for the last 2 fiscal years (audited preferred)
  • If comparative information for 2 fiscal years is not included in the financial statement, provide full financial statements for the last 2 fiscal periods
  • Names of the people on the board of directors and of any past public servants associated with this proposal
  • At least one of these: constitution, by-law, letter of incorporation or similar instrument of governance
  • Letter of support from each financial partner that is contributing funds toward the proposed project (if it applies to you)
Individuals
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status
  • Letter of support from each financial partner that is contributing funds toward the proposed project (if it applies to you).

Step 3: On February 18, 2019, log in to the Grants and Contributions System Partner Portal and start your proposal.

Step 4: Apply online before April 12, 2019.

After you apply

Upon submission, you’ll get an automatic acknowledgement that your application was received.

For further questions and clarifications on the call for proposals process, contact us.

Upcoming: CFP 2- National Fund and Coordination Services

This process will open in spring 2019.

A funding process will launch in spring 2019 for select Settlement Program services not included in the Call for Proposals 2019.

Funding for that process will be provided through a grant and/or contribution agreement. That process will not include the Resettlement Assistance Program. More information on how to apply for funding of these services will be posted on our website in spring 2019.

The full list of eligible services for the spring 2019 process are:

  • National Fund projects that:
    • build or increase knowledge creation and management through policy-relevant research and knowledge mobilization that can benefit the sector as a whole
    • strengthen the capacity of the sector to deliver outcomes-driven settlement services including support to the Francophone settlement sector
    • create consistency and standardization of approach across the country
  • Local Immigration Partnerships
  • Réseaux en immigration francophone including support to the Francophone settlement sector
  • umbrella organizations, including the National Settlement Council and the Newcomer Language Advisory Body
  • coordinating bodies

Local Immigration Partnerships and Réseaux en immigration francophone build community-based partnerships and planning around newcomer needs. Applicants who want to become, or continue leading, a Local Immigration Partnership or Réseaux en immigration francophone should apply to do this in the spring 2019 funding process.

Closed funding processes

Visible Minority Newcomer Women Pilot Initiative
The deadline to submit a Letter of Interest for the Visible Minority Newcomer Women Pilot Initiative funding was January 4, 2019. Results of stage 1 will be communicated within 25 calendar days of the process closing date. If your project is selected to continue, you will be provided the stage 2 submission details and instructions on how to submit a full proposal. For additional information on this process please refer to the funding guidelines.
Language Training Adapted for Newcomers in Francophone Minority Communities, 2018

The deadline to submit a Letter of Interest for Language Training Adapted for Newcomers in Francophone Minority Communities funding was December 3, 2018. Results of stage 1 will be communicated within 25 calendar days of the process closing date. If your project is selected to continue, you will be provided the stage 2 submission details and instructions on how to submit a full proposal. For additional information on this process please refer to the funding guidelines.

Francophone Settlement Services in Northern and Central Alberta, 2018

The deadline to submit a Letter of Interest for Francophone Settlement Services in Northern and Central Alberta funding was November 27, 2018. Results of stage 1 will be communicated within 25 calendar days of the process closing date. If your project is selected to continue you’ll be provided the stage 2 submission details and instructions on how to submit a full proposal. For additional information on this process please refer to the funding guidelines.

Pre-arrival Settlement Services Funding, 2018

The deadline to submit a Letter of Interest for Pre-arrival Settlement Services Funding was May 28, 2018.

Settlement service delivery improvement funding, 2017

The deadline to submit a Letter of Interest for settlement service delivery improvement funding was November 28, 2017.

Supporting Syrian Refugees: Open Intake Process

The deadline to submit applications for funding to Supporting Syrian Refugees: Open Intake Process was March 18, 2016.

National Call for Proposals (CFP) 2015

The deadline to submit applications for Settlement, Resettlement Assistance and Inter-Action (Multiculturalism) Projects funding, under the National Call for Proposals 2015 was August 10, 2015.

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