Canada: Saskatchewan gets immigration funding
22 December 2007
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Parliamentary Secretary Ed Komarnicki announced a plan to support Saskatchewan in its effort to attract immigrants. Speaking on behalf of Diane Finley, Minister of Immigration and Citizenship, Komarnicki said CAD $660,000 in funding would be allocated to the Canadian province over a three year period.
The money will be used to enhance online content, tools, and services that will promote Saskatchewan as an attractive destination and assist migrants in integrating into the community.
"Immigration is a source of growth and prosperity across the country and the government of Canada is committed to helping Saskatchewan attract newcomers to the province," Komarnicki said. "The federal government's support will enable Saskatchewan to offer more services and information that will promote the province as a destination for immigrants, and help them settle once they arrive."
Saskatchewan is not the only province to benefit from federal immigration funding. The Canadian government is providing a total of CAD $20.3 million for provinces and territories to enhance online information and services about settling and working in Canada.
"Immigration and the successful integration of newcomers are priorities for Saskatchewan's new government," said Rob Norris, Minister Responsible for Immigration. "The funding for this initiative will help us develop new and innovative ways to more aggressively market all the tremendous jobs and great opportunities for families here in Saskatchewan. It will also help us to connect immigrants as early as possible to the resources and services they need to make a successful transition to their new homes in Saskatchewan."
The Canadian government is also investing more than CAD $1.4 billion over five years in settlement funding to help immigrants adjust to their new life in Canada, including services which assist migrants in finding information about getting their foreign credentials recognized by Canadian employers.