Call for Proposals for Settlement Services in British Columbia

Vancouver, June 3, 2013 —  Citizenship and  Immigration Canada (CIC) has issued a Call for Proposals for the delivery of settlement  services in British Columbia (B.C.), which assist newcomers to succeed in their  new lives in the province.

The Call for Proposals  will be open for a period of five weeks, beginning today and ending July 8,  2013. Following a review of all received proposals, CIC will determine which  organizations or individuals will receive funding to provide settlement  services in B.C, starting in April 2014, when the Government of Canada resumes  management of federally-funded settlement programs in the province.

“The Government of  Canada is committed to helping newcomers integrate into and fully contribute to  our economy and communities quickly,” said Citizenship, Immigration and  Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. “To that end, the federal government  has tripled settlement funding since 2006, and ensured that each region of  Canada receives a fair share of national funding for settlement services so  that newcomers have access to the same quality of services regardless of where  they choose to settle.”

The Government of  Canada has significantly increased settlement funding for provinces and territories  outside of Quebec since  2005-06, from less than $200 million to approximately $600 million in  2013-2014. This includes an increase of settlement funding in British Columbia  from only $39.5 million in 2005-06 to $100.6 million in 2013-14.

Settlement funds  are for programs and services that address newcomers’ needs, supporting their  establishment and integration into Canadian society. Services include language  training, career counseling, which includes help finding  jobs that match newcomers’ skills and  education, help establishing professional and community networks and contacts,  and other general information and referrals.

“The Government of Canada’s number  one priority remains jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity,” said Minister Kenney.   “Part of our plan for economic growth includes improving outcomes for  newcomers, and as evidenced by increases in settlement funding, we remain  committed to helping newcomers succeed.”

CIC has been  working collaboratively with the Government of British Columbia over the past  year to share best practices and provide joint updates to the settlement sector  so that British Columbians will not experience any interruption of service  during the transition process.

Agreements of a  maximum of two years will be signed with successful applicants, after which  point individuals and organizations will be invited to compete in the national  Call for Proposals.

Application forms,  guidelines, and other reference materials for organizations and individuals  wishing to apply for funding under the British Columbia Call for Proposals 2013  are available on the CIC website at www.cic.gc.ca/bccfp.

The deadline for  application submissions is July 8, 2013 at 5 pm (Pacific Time).