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CICan and the IOM join forces to support immigrant integration

Ottawa, December 1, 2015 – Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are launching a new joint initiative: Planning for Canada. This groundbreaking partnership builds on years of experience providing pre-arrival support to individuals and families preparing for their move to Canada.                                         

Planning for Canada will help newcomers find work that reflects their skills and education, and assist them in making informed settlement decisions. The program will be offered in-person in 12 countries, with the capacity to deliver online services worldwide. Services are available in English and French.

“This is truly an innovative approach to help immigrants achieve their goals, facilitating a successful integration process in Canada from the very beginning”, says Laurent de Boeck, Head of the IOM Labour Mobility and Human Development Division. “This partnership will improve the landscape of pre-arrival settlement support to immigrants headed to Canada.”

Both CICan and the IOM are recognized leaders in the immigrant-support sector. CICan has been implementing the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) since 2007 while the IOM has been implementing the Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA) program since 1998. Collectively, they have served over 115,000 economic and family class immigrants to date.

“Together, we can leverage the best of each program in order to maximize the impact that we have on immigrants’ preparedness”, added CICan President and CEO Denise Amyot. “This will allow us to help newcomers reach their full potential as rapidly as possible.”

Funded by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Planning for Canada is a free service that will provide prospective immigrants with information, tools and vital connections to Canadian partners. The suite of services includes:

  • One full-day group orientation session
  • Individualized planning sessions
  • Referrals to a network of 55 Canadian partner organizations
  • Access to specialized online information sessions and workshops

Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics. Its members work with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. The Association operates in 29 countries via 12 offices around the world.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. With 157 member states, a further 10 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all.

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For more information:

Joanie Durocher
Project and Liaison Officer
Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA)
International Organization for Migration – IOM
Ottawa, Canada
jdurocher@iom.int

Kate Logan
Strategic Communications and Monitoring Officer
Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP)
Colleges and Institutes Canada – CICan
Ottawa, Canada
klogan@collegesinstitutes.ca