Canada allocates $100 million to support integration of newcomers during pandemic

August 22, 2021

By CIC News

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced $100 million in funding to ensure settlement services for newcomers meet their needs during the pandemic.

The funding will be rolled out over the next three years and is aimed at adapting the delivery of settlement services to newcomers so they reflect the pandemic and post-pandemic context.

This funding is provided through the Immigration Department’s Service Delivery Improvement (SDI) program, which funds new projects offered by settlement service providers in areas such as needs assessment, information, language training, skills development, employment-related services, and community connections.

Under the 2020 funding process, IRCC selected 78 projects.

“Throughout the pandemic, many settlement services have moved online. SDI funding will help IRCC determine the kinds of services newcomers need while taking into account the increased reliance on online service delivery.”

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