Pre-Arrival Services & Newcomer Women

Two exciting news from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Newsroom:

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Selected to Provide Pre-Arrival Services

January 3, 2019—Vancouver, BC—Pre-arrival settlement services are a key element of Canada’s immigration program. They provide newcomers, including refugees, with the information and settlement support they need to make informed decisions about their new life in Canada before they arrive. To help deliver these important services, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be providing funding of $22.4 million to S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is among the 4 service providers that will offer national-level information, orientation and onward referrals to economic and family-class pre-arrival clients. The organization will offer online services and in-person services abroad, including comprehensive services and specialized supports for specific immigration categories and client groups (such as youth and LGBTQ2S+). S.U.C.C.E.S.S. was also chosen to deliver online general employment services, including information about the Canadian workplace and soft skills development.

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Supporting Visible Minority Newcomer Women in Calgary

January 4, 2019—Calgary, AB—The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that newcomers have the support and services they need to make the most of their talents and experience in order to fully integrate and contribute to the Canadian economy and to their communities.

Newcomer women who are members of a visible minority group may face multiple barriers to success, including gender- and race-based discrimination, precarious or low-income employment, lack of affordable childcare and weak social supports.

Recognizing these challenges, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is providing additional funding of up to $5 million to 10 service provider organizations across Canada over the next 3 years to increase employment supports and services for newcomer women.

The Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association administers the Job Ready Employment Training Stream, which includes a variety of employment programming and supports. A separate stream for newcomer women with interrupted education and little to no computer knowledge equips them with basic employment skills to secure rapid entry into the labour market in the retail and food industries. This additional funding of $365,000 will support the association in serving more visible minority newcomer women in the area.

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