IRCC Minister Transition Binder 2019: Settlement and Integration

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The Settlement Program

The Settlement Program supports the successful settlement and integration of newcomers.




How Much:


Settlement Services

Settlement services provide an important base for all newcomers’ success (permanent residents and protected persons).

Needs (and Assets) Assessment and Referral

Information and Orientation

Language Assessment and Language Training

Employment-related services

Building Community Connections

Support Services for Newcomers

Indirect Services

How the Resettlement Assistance Program fits

Given the unique circumstances and conditions for refugees, the Resettlement Assistance Program supports government-assisted refugees and a small number of other eligible clients outside of Quebec when they first arrive in Canada.

Settlement Program
Pre-arrival services (all eligible immigrants including refugees)

Resettlement Assistance Program
Immediate and essential services and income support

Settlement Program
Ongoing services (all eligible immigrants)

Immediate and Essential Services

Financial Support

Increased Use of Settlement Services

In 2018-19: Nearly 520,000 clients accessed at least one settlement service, a 13.5% increase in clients served from 2017-2018 and a 22% increase since 2016-2017.

Unique Clients by Program ComponentsFootnote *

Needs Assessment and Referrals

Employment Related Service

Support Services

Language Training

Information and Orientation Services

Community Connections

Settlement Landscape – Higher Immigration Levels

Settlement funding and immigration levels

Settlement funding and immigration levels described below
Text version: Settlement funding and immigration levels
Years Immigration levels by calendar year Settlement funding by fiscal year
2015-2016 N/A $589,800,000
2016-2017 296,346 $666,300,000
2017-2018 300,000 $738,500,000
2018-2019 310,000 $777,300,000
2019-2020 330,800 $779,000,000
2020-2021 [Redacted] [Redacted]
2021-2022 [Redacted] [Redacted]
2022-2023 [Redacted] [Redacted]

Increasingly Complex, Diverse and Evolving Funding Streams

In 2019-2020, IRCC is investing more than $779,000,000 to support the settlement needs of newcomers, outside of Quebec, and is divided as illustrated below.

2019-2020 Settlement funding
Funding Percent of Funding
Base funding 84.6%
Service Delivery Improvements 4.3%
Syria Supplementary Funding 4.1%
Pre-arrival Fund 3.3%
National Fund 1.5%
Employment for Visible Minority Newcomer Women 1.5%
Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023 0.4%
Protecting Vulnerable Women and Girls 0.1%
Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Base Violence 0.04%

The Canada-Quebec Accord is a quasi-constitutional agreement covering settlement, resettlement and administration responsibility. The Accord can only be amended or terminated by the mutual consent of Canada and Quebec.

In 2019-2020 the Grant to Quebec is estimated to be $559,400,000.

Newcomer Outcomes

Newcomers to Canada are experiencing positive outcomes but more can be done.

Stronger Programming and Innovative Services

Increasing the diversity of clientele has led to stronger programming and innovative, outcomes-based services.

New Settlement Vision for the Program

Stronger Programming

Innovative Pilots

Outcome-Based Services

Challenges and Opportunities

National Call for Proposals 2019

There is flexibility built into the programs to allow for emerging needs, and future intakes to fund new priorities, such as the Service Delivery Improvement fund.

Total Investments (by Province and Territory, excluding Quebec, in millions of dollars)

Recommended Projects

Settlement program: 784 projects
Resettlement assistance program: 40 projects

National Projects

Approved Funding Amounts per Fiscal Year
Year Funding
2020-2021 [Redacted]
2021-2022 [Redacted]
2022-2023 [Redacted]
2023-2024 [Redacted]
2024-2025 [Redacted]
Total [Redacted]

Key Takeaways

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