Canadian integration programme receives additional investment

A programme which aims to provide newcomers to Canada with the tools they need to contribute fully to the Canadian economy and labour market, has been awarded an additional investment of CDN$1.9 million over the next six months.

Since the launch of the Canadian Immigrant Integration Programme (CIIP) in 2010, more than 25,000 people have gone through the programme while they are still in their home country.

A recent survey of CIIP graduates found that 72 per cent were employed within 12 months of arriving in Canada, while 93 per cent of the respondents achieved credential assessment within six months of applying. What’s more, 69 per cent of the survey’s respondents found employment in their field in 2013 alone.

 “Our government is building an immigration system that is focused on economic growth and ensuring that all Canadians, including newcomers, are able to contribute actively to Canadian society,” explained Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, upon announcing the additional funding last week. “Programmes like the CIIP help immigrants on the path to a successful life in Canada by providing key information on foreign credential recognition, the Canadian labour market and settlement issues. I look forward to seeing CIIP graduates when they settle in their new lives in Canada.”

The CIIP assists prospective Canadian newcomers in 25 countries worldwide, through offices located in the Philippines, China, India, and the United Kingdom.

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