On November 7, 2016, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Honourable John McCallum, Nova Scotia Minister of Immigration, the Honourable Lena Diab, and the Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, the Honorouble Laura Albanese, welcomed ten soon-to-be newcomers to Canada at the High Commission of Canada in New Delhi, India. These ten immigrants were all graduates of the pre-arrival initiative Planning for Canada, delivered by the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) team in India.
This is the third time within four months that Minister McCallum has lent his public support for the Planning for Canada program: he met with graduates in August at the CIIP office in Manila and most recently spoke at the Planning for Canada Consultative Conference in September when over 50 of the program’s partners came together in Ottawa.
Joined by the CIIP India team, IRCC officials from Ottawa and New Delhi, as well as the Canadian Consul General, Chandigarh, Christopher Gibbins, Minister McCallum underscored his enthusiasm for pre-arrival services, citing the importance of being prepared for immigration and the impact that Planning for Canada has on new immigrants to ensure their successful establishment.
Ministers Albanese and Diab paid tribute to the success stories shared by the CIIP team and welcomed the newcomers destined for their respective provinces.
The Ministers also got a sneak preview of the new CIIP logo which will be launched with the unveiling of a revamped website.
With the ability to make introductions to the right stakeholders for each client and providing an array of services facilitating a smooth transition towards successful economic and social settlement, the Ministers acknowledged how these services benefit Canada and the destination provinces.
Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), CIIP delivers the joint pre-arrival initiative Planning for Canada with the Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA) Program. CIIP is managed by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan); COA is managed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).