October 7, 2020—Ottawa—As a part of its dedication to ship top quality settlement providers to newcomers, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is launching an expression of curiosity course of for service supply enhancements (SDI) funding on October 15, 2020.
Since 2017, SDI tasks have centred on creating progressive approaches to raised help the settlement and integration of newcomers. As a part of a government-wide response to the present pandemic, IRCC will allocate roughly $30 million in SDI funding within the first yr towards settlement providers for newcomers to securely and sustainably recuperate from the COVID-19 pandemic.
All through the pandemic, many settlement providers have moved on-line. SDI funding will assist IRCC decide the sorts of providers newcomers want, whereas bearing in mind the elevated reliance in on-line service supply. Funding will proceed to help newcomers’ profitable integration within the COVID-19 restoration interval.
As a part of this funding course of, tasks will handle the next priorities:
- Leveraging expertise: IRCC is on the lookout for tasks that may determine applied sciences that may ship distant settlement providers. Tasks may even determine limitations that newcomers face in accessing and utilizing these applied sciences, and the way these limitations may be addressed.
- Rising employer involvement: The pandemic is having a serious affect on the short- and long-term employment prospects of newcomers. Tasks underneath this precedence will take a look at approaches that encourage employers to get extra concerned within the integration of newcomers.
- Constructing the capability of the sector: Below this class, organizations with experience in social analysis and improvement will associate with IRCC-funded businesses to assist them develop the talents and instruments wanted to analysis, design and consider providers for newcomers. This may assist handle a number of the challenges confronted by newcomers, together with racism and marginalization.
All through the tasks, funding recipients will present common studies to IRCC about outcomes and classes realized. The aim of those tasks is to seek out methods to enhance IRCC’s top quality Settlement Program in order that it’s more practical and higher outfitted to adapt to the wants of newcomers and help them of their integration journey.
Extra details about SDI and this funding course of is available online, and detailed funding tips will likely be posted on October 15, 2020.