Settlement Funds to Help New Immigrants in Canada

A recent report by a reliable source has revealed that the amount of funds provided by the federal government to the provinces as Settlement Help for the new Canadian immigrants has significantly expanded in the past half-decade. The government properly distributes the Settlement funds among the provinces to reflect all the Canadian destinations within the nation.

Jason Kenney, the Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister of Canada, was quoted as saying that the Government of the nation is seeking more newcomers to integrate into the country. This is the reason, the Government has tripled the amount money issued for settlement funding since 2005-06.

In this connection, he further went on to add that the Canadian government is committed to do a fair distribution of settlement funds among the new immigrants to the country, who receive the same level services, irrespective of the place they choose to settle down in Canada.

The said report also mentioned that the settlement funds for the year of 2012-2013, would be $576.8 million in comparison to $184.7 million for the year of 2005-2006. However, this settlement amount is for all the provinces and territories excluding the province of Quebec.

Chris Gelineau, Director of Operation for Citizenship and Immigration of Saskatchewan, Canada, in the same connection said that the primary programs sponsored by the settlement fund include: language skills programs and programs to support new immigrants to get adjusted in the country for proper living, working, along with banking, and shopping facilities.

As the patterns of immigration are changing with time, with more number of immigrants bypassing Ontario’s traditional hub, more of the settlement funding is also finding its way into the other Canadian provinces to balance their intake of immigrants. For Instance: in the last 7 years, the amount of settlement funds in Saskatchewan got increased by $15.5 million.

While relative share of Ontario’s new immigrants in Canada has decreased from 64% in 2005 to 52% in 2010. The latest formula of national settlement funding guarantees that funds are corresponding re-jiggered.

The settlement fund for Quebec is a part of the overall funding for 2011-2012, however $258.4 million is granted to the province by the federal government. According to the Canada-Quebec Treaty, this amount of funding is provided to the province to cover its settlement services, immigration and refugee resettlement programs.

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