AIDE Gets Funding For Pre-Arrival Services To Support French-Speaking Newcomers

Action interculturelles de développement et d’éducation (AIDE) was nominated by IRCC as one of four regional organisations to help deliver pre-arrival services to French-speaking migrants.

The Quebec-based organization will be provided with a funding of about $1.5 million towards research studies and training programs to help with the socio-cultural and economic integration of newcomers.

The declaration was made by Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury, and Marc Serré, Member of Parliament, on behalf of the Federal Minister of Immigration, Ahmed Hussein, on August 1, 2019.

The funding is part of the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s renewed pre-arrival strategy that aims to facilitate and maximize the social integration of new immigrants and set them up to enter the labour market by:

  • directly connecting newcomers with the information and supports they need through an easy-to-navigate process;
  • providing pre-arrival services and supports to French-speaking migrants through a unique collaborative partnership model;
  • providing general, regional and occupation-specific employment services to assist job prospects;
  • encouraging new migrants to apply for job licensure before they arrive, if required; and
  • connecting clients to federal and provincial settlement services in Canada.

IRCC’s reviewed pre-arrival plan will provide a consistent, high-quality client-centered services to people around the world,” declared by the Federal Minister of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, in a press release.

The renewed program provides services and support such as work experience; foreign education; job searches; and Canadian credential recognition; and details about available settlement services in Canada.

In order to better improve the delivery of these services in French and better inform new migrants about the support open to them through Francophone and Acadian communities, Minister Hussen declared last year November that four partner organizations will be forming a “unique collaborative partnership model.” They will also be providing personalized pre-arrival services to Francophone newcomers.

La Cité, The biggest French-language College in Ontario, and the primary point of contact for these migrants will be providing online and general information and then referring their Ontario-bound clients to AIDE for more personal support.

AIDE will be doing great work as part of Connexions Francophones, a unique collaborative partnership program that offers personalized pre-arrival services to French-speaking migrants. This is part of the Government of Canada’s overall vision to strengthen what they’ve heard from the academic and business communities time and time again, for the need to promote immigration and to go one step better and provide support to ensure successful journeys and settlement,” declared Marc Serré.

Quick facts about AIDE- Pre-Arrival Services 

  • In May 2018, IRCC inaugurated an expression of interest process to request proposals for family class/economic and Francophone pre-arrival services. Sixteen experienced service provider body (SPOs) with proven results and reliable partnerships were selected to deliver virtual and personal services to new migrants, including refugees, across the world before they come to Canada. These pre-arrival services started on January 1, 2019.
  • Funding for these Sixteen (16) SPOs to 2023 totals approximately $113 million.
  • Canada has funded pre-arrival services since 1998. While at first only provided to refugees, supports were expanded to include non-refugee immigrants in 2001.
  • Personal services will be offered in India, China, and the Philippines, and Morocco.