Pacific Immigrant Resources Society Selected to Improve Settlement Services for Newcomers in Vancouver

News release

January 25, 2019—Vancouver, B.C.—Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) works with many partners in the delivery of services to newcomers to Canada, and supports their integration into Canadian communities. IRCC is actively working to improve these settlement services through the Service Delivery Improvements funding stream and will be providing funding of $1,157,694 to Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS) to help deliver these important services.

Joe Peschisolido, Member of Parliament for Steveston—Richmond East, made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

PIRS will test and develop an innovative childcare service delivery model which will provide newcomer women with employment and at the same time support service provider organizations in BC who provide short-term onsite childcare as part of their support services. If successful, this project has a strong potential to scale up to a national level. It also provides an opportunity to partner with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders, such as entrepreneurs and designers, as part of the "hack-a-thon” event PIRS is hosting to generate design ideas.

IRCC’s Service Delivery Improvement Fund is a dedicated funding stream of over $30 million per year, devoted to service delivery improvement, innovation and experimentation to continue to find better ways to deliver services to newcomers, meet the needs of newcomer clients and support the integration process.

Quotes

“I’m proud that the Government of Canada is working with organizations like the Pacific Immigrant Resources Society to provide high-quality settlement services for newcomers across the country. Finding new and better ways to help newcomers succeed in their journey benefits all Canadians, by strengthening our labour force and the economy.”

– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

“Thanks to the Service Delivery Improvement fund, projects such as this one undertaken by the Pacific Immigrant Resources Society will improve IRCC’s understanding of the needs of newcomer women with children and support their successful integration into Canadian communities.”

– Joe Peschisolido, Member of Parliament for Steveston—Richmond East

Quick facts

  • SDI funding is a dedicated stream within the Settlement Program of almost $150 million over five years. The funding was allocated to the Department through the 2017 Immigration Levels Plan, and is devoted to testing new approaches to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Program.

  • Following the first Expression of Interest process for SDI launched in fall 2017, IRCC is now funding over 100 projects across the country. All projects will be complete by March 31, 2021.

  • There are 7 funding streams under the SDI: language acquisition; employment; youth supports; harnessing volunteers and supporting capacity building in the settlement sector; pay for performance; newcomer well-being and programming to support vulnerable clients; and research and analysis to drive innovation and understand the user experience.

Contacts

Contacts for media only

Mathieu Genest
Minister’s Office
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
613-954-1064

Media Relations
Communications Branch
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
613-952-1650
IRCC.COMMMediaRelations-RelationsmediasCOMM.IRCC@cic.gc.ca


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