IRCC Settlement Program initiatives
Through our Settlement Program, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) works with many partners to support the delivery of services to newcomers to Canada. These initiatives help them integrate into Canadian communities. Through the Settlement Program, IRCC funds
- many different services that support and benefit newcomers
- indirect services that help enhance the knowledge and capacity of the IRCC-funded settlement community to improve newcomer outcomes
Regular settlement programming is enhanced by initiatives that address specific community, sector and newcomer needs. A description of each initiative is provided below and a list of current projects can be found on Open Government.
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- Visible Minority Newcomer Women Pilot Initiative
- Service Delivery Improvements funding
- Official Languages Action Plan – Francophone integration pathway
- Pre-arrival settlement services
Visible Minority Newcomer Women Pilot Initiative
Many newcomer women, and especially visible minority women, can face barriers, including
- gender- and race-based discrimination
- a lack of community and social supports
- a lack of self-confidence resulting from a long absence from the labour market
The Visible Minority Newcomer Women Pilot Initiative helps visible minority newcomer women in Canada overcome the many barriers they may face when entering the work force or advancing their career.
Service Delivery Improvements funding
Established in 2017, Service Delivery Improvements funding invests in projects that provide insights on program design and sector improvements, to collect information to support future settlement programming. Based on this information, IRCC is able to make better choices about future settlement programming and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Settlement Program.
IRCC funds short-term projects (1 to 3 years) that focus on testing new ideas to deliver settlement services.
IRCC recognizes the significant value that comes from projects that
- provide best practices
- identify lessons learned
- encourage service improvements that can be applied across the settlement sector
Official Languages Action Plan 2018–2023 – Francophone integration pathway
The Official Languages Action Plan (OLAP) helps newcomers
- settle and thrive in French
- make a positive contribution to Canadian society and Francophone minority communities
The Francophone integration pathway supports OLAP from pre-arrival to citizenship.
Pre-arrival settlement services
Pre-arrival settlement services provide selected permanent residents, including refugees, with accurate, relevant information and support so that they can make better decisions and start the settlement process before they arrive in Canada. This includes helping them prepare for employment while still abroad and arrive more equipped to integrate into Canadian society.
Pre-arrival services help permanent residents navigate through their transition from pre-departure to in-Canada resettlement (for refugees), and find settlement supports and services.
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