June 27, 2023—Ottawa, ON—Pre-arrival settlement services are key to setting newcomers up for success in Canada. They provide newcomers with the information and support they need to make informed decisions about their new lives in Canada before they arrive, which helps them successfully transition to their communities and find work faster.
The Honourable Mona Fortier, President of the Treasury Board, and Marie-France Lalonde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced today an investment of over $10.5 million to Collège La Cité and Colleges and Institutes Canada to help deliver important pre-arrival services to new immigrants. This is part of overall settlement funding extensions that were previously announced.
Collège La Cité and Colleges and Institutes Canada offer online and in-person services abroad to newcomers before they arrive in Canada. This includes information about the Canadian workplace, soft skills development and employment counselling. Collège La Cité also supports pre-arrival services for Francophone newcomers, aiding them in adapting to their new communities and strengthening their integration into the economy.
Investments in pre-arrival services through organizations like Collège La Cité and Colleges and Institutes Canada help newcomers and their families adjust as they join our diverse communities. These investments not only support their transition, but also help them contribute to strengthening Canada’s economy.