IRCC Launches National Call for Proposals for Newcomer Programming; Government of Canada

Process will determine Settlement Program and Resettlement Assistance Program services across Canada for up to 5 years

NewsFebruary 18, 2019—Ottawa, ON—As part of its commitment to deliver high quality settlement services to newcomers, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is issuing a call for proposals for the Settlement and Resettlement Assistance programs.

The National Call for Proposals (CFP) intake process has been streamlined since the previous CFP to improve the experience for service provider organizations and maximize funding flexibility. Extensive national consultations with partners and stakeholders have identified the principles and key priority areas that will be addressed through the call. These include fostering the entrepreneurial spirit of newcomers and engagement with the private sector, as well as an increased focus on the integration of vulnerable populations, such as refugees, youth and LGBTQ2+.

Through the Settlement Program, eligible newcomers receive the information that they need about life in Canada, the community in which they will settle, language training, help finding a job, and connections with established immigrants and Canadians. These supports and services help newcomers integrate and build a successful life in Canada, while also helping employers, schools and other organizations build welcoming communities. The Resettlement Assistance Program provides supports and services to address the immediate and essential needs of government-assisted refugees and other eligible clients being resettled to Canada from overseas, such as provision of temporary accommodations.

The CFP is a fair, effective and transparent competitive process that maximizes the efficiency and effectiveness of settlement and integration services for newcomers to Canada. While Settlement and Resettlement Assistance are two separate programs, they will be administered through one intake process under CFP 2019. Proposals will be assessed based on their individual merits and other considerations, such as ensuring the proposed services are widely available, avoiding duplication of services, and ensuring good value for taxpayer’s money.

This CFP, in conjunction with several key enhancements to the Settlement Program such as the streamlining of pre-arrival services and the launch of a pilot to support visible minority newcomer women in accessing the Canadian labour market, represents the achievement of the Minister’s mandate commitment to ensure high quality settlement services.

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