IRCC Minister Transition Binder 2021: Settlement and Integration

The Settlement Program

The Government of Canada funds the Settlement Program in accordance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act objective to “promote the successful integration of permanent residents into Canada, while recognizing that integration involves mutual obligations for new immigrants and Canadian society”




How Much?

Note: Figures exclude an annual grant to Quebec, which covers settlement and resettlement services and administration, for which Quebec is responsible.

The Settlement Program – Partners and Stakeholders

Successful settlement and integration involves all levels of government, as well as the private and public sectors and civil society.

Settlement Services

Through IRCC’s largest grant and contributions program, eligible newcomers have access to a full array of high-quality, federally-funded settlement services.

Pre-arrival services

Needs & assets assessment & referral services

Information and orientation

Language training

Employment-related services

Community connections

Support services

Indirect services

The Resettlement Assistance Program

Given their unique circumstances, government-assisted refugeesFootnote 1 are supported by the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) upon their arrival in Canada.

Settlement Program

Resettlement Program

Immediate and essential services

Financial support

Settlement Program

Francophone Integration Pathway

In accordance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Official Languages Act, the delivery of settlement services supports Canada’s linguistic duality and the vitality of Francophone minority communities.

Stronger Programming and Innovative Services

Recent immigration levels and the changing immigration landscape have led to cohorts of new settlement clients with increasingly different, and sometimes higher, settlement needs.

The Program is adapting to these new challenges and is well-positioned to accommodate future immigration levels:

Targeted Changes

Strategic Investments

Program Design and Innovation

Pandemic Impacts

COVID-19 impacted settlement service uptake in 2020-2021. However, IRCC supported a rapid pivot in service delivery, accelerating innovation across the settlement sector.

Newcomer Outcomes

Pre-pandemic outcomes for newcomers to Canada have been generally positive:

However, the pandemic has created new challenges:

IRCC’s first Settlement Outcomes Report in 2021 also highlighted the following:

Key Takeaways

Annex a: Examples of pandemic supports for newcomers

Enabling Real-Time Newcomer-Service Provider Connections

YMCA of Southwestern Ontario (Windsor)

Increasing Newcomer Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

Addressing Newcomers’ Needs in British Columbia

North Shore Immigrant Inclusion Partnership

Supporting the Pivot to Online Language Training, an IRCC-funded online language learning management platform

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