Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, announced allocations for federal funding of settlement services in all provinces and territories outside Quebec for the 2012-13 fiscal year.
“The Government of Canada wants newcomers to integrate into Canada. That is why we have tripled settlement funding since 2005-06,” said Minister Kenney. “We are committed to ensuring the distribution of settlement funding is fair and that immigrants receive the same level of service, regardless of where they choose to settle.”
Settlement funding is being more fairly distributed to serve the needs of newcomers, as a result of a national settlement funding formula that is based on a province or territory’s share of immigrant intake. This formula now applies in all provinces and territories except Quebec and reflects that, when compared to the other provinces and territories, Ontario’s proportional share of new immigrants in Canada has gone from 64 per cent in 2005 to 52 per cent in 2010, as more newcomers have chosen to settle in Western and Atlantic Canada.
The funding formula was also updated recently to reflect the use of settlement services by refugees and will increase the amount allocated to provinces and territories, based on their intake of refugees. “We believe it is only fair that settlement allocations across Canada should be based on the share of newcomers that provinces and territories have,” noted Kenney. “Most provinces and territories will receive an increase in settlement funding as a result of adjustments to Ontario.”
Based on the current allocations, the average per-immigrant amount that Canada will invest to help immigrants in provinces and territories outside Quebec is $2,816, as compared to $946 in 2005.
The priority for the 2012-13 allocations is to focus on delivering services directly to immigrants and away from supporting expenses such as administration, travel, or capital costs for organizations.
The total 2012-13 amount for all provinces and territories outside Quebec is $577 million, compared to $185 million in 2005-06.