The Canadian government has set aside $100 million to provide settlement assistance to new immigrants over the course of the pandemic. This announcement was made by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), a department of the Canadian Government responsible for dealing with immigration matters.
The Immigration Department’s Service Delivery Improvement (SDI) program has been saddled with the responsibility of appropriating the allocated funds. The SDI program funds new projects offered by settlement service providers. These services are in the form of language training, skill acquisition, employment assistance, community connections, information as well as needs assessment.
Settlement services are vital to the immigration system of the North American country as it offers critical support to newcomers in gaining traction within their new environment. More so within the extenuating circumstances of the pandemic. Marco Mendicino, the Minister of the IRCC, stated that the new SDI projects will help to augment the settlement services to enable newcomers to actualize their full potential.
Economic migrants arriving in the country through schemes like family class sponsorship, as well as refugees are some of the beneficiaries of settlement services. They are provided with the requisite tools to overcome challenges in the form of language barriers as well as offered assistance in finding housing and employment.
The Canadian government is seeking to welcome 401,000 new immigrants yearly as part of the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan
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