Planning for Canada is a joint initiative offered by the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) and the Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA) Program to help prospective newcomers prepare for economic success before arrival in Canada. This groundbreaking partnership expands pre-arrival services and ensures a consistent curriculum is delivered worldwide.
Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Planning for Canada provides Economic and Family Class immigrants with the right information, tools and Canadian contacts before they leave home. As a result, newcomers are better equipped to find work that reflects their skills and education and to make informed settlement decisions.
The program offers a full suite of services including:
- One full-day group orientation session
- Individualized planning sessions
- Referrals to Canadian partner organizations
- Access to specialized online information sessions and workshops
Planning for Canada services are offered worldwide in English or French, in-person or online. Participation is voluntary and free; services are strictly pre-arrival.
CIIP is managed by Colleges Institutes Canada while COA is managed by the International Orientation for Migration. Both COA and CIIP are leaders in conducting pre-arrival services. Collectively, they have served over 150,000 clients to date.
In order to implement Planning for Canada, CIIP and COA work with Canadian colleges and institutes, immigrant serving organizations, sector councils, regulatory bodies, credential assessment agencies, provincial and territorial governments, as well as employers to ensure clients are supported prior to their arrival in Canada.
- The original CIIP Pilot was launched in 2007, through the support of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).
- Over 35,000 CIIP clients served since 2007.
- CIIP received the 2013 Gold Prize IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Award.
- Over 50 partners across Canada.
- CIIP findings reveal that 96% of survey respondents indicate they will take steps toward integration before leaving their countries of origin.
- Government of Canada findings indicate that 75% of CIIP survey respondents are working in Canada one year after arrival. Of these, 69% are working in an occupation aligned or related to their previous work.
- In 2014, the Government of Canada expanded CIIP’s mandate, allowing the program to serve all Economic Class immigrants worldwide.
- As of April 2015, CIIP has been working with COA on pre-arrival services.
- On December 1, 2015, CIIP and COA launched their joint pre-arrival initiative: Planning for Canada
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)