July 14, 2023—Toronto, Ontario—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 into their communities and find work faster.
Today, the Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety, on behalf of the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Citizenship, Refugees and Immigration, announced an investment of over $2 million in JVS Toronto to help deliver important pre-arrival services to new immigrants. This is part of overall settlement funding extensions that were previously announced.
Minister Mendicino visited JVS Toronto, one of 15 service providers that offer information, orientation and referrals to newcomers. This organization offers online services to newcomers before they arrive in Canada, including information about the Canadian workplace, soft skills development and employment counselling, as well as services tailored to refugees that help them prepare for jobs in Canada.
Investments in pre-arrival services and organizations like JVS Toronto are investments in the newcomers and families joining Canada’s diverse communities, and help them grow while strengthening Canada’s economy.