On September 26 and 27, 2016, the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP), in coordination with the Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA), held a Consultative Conference for the Planning for Canada pre-arrival initiative. Partners from coast to coast, facilitators from both organizations from all over the world, and representatives from IRCC came together for the first time under this initiative to engage in discussion on a variety of topics, including trends and accomplishments, the continuum of services, and best practices.
The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Honourable John McCallum, joined the conversation, highlighting his support for pre-arrival services and their link to the economic success of newcomers in Canada. The Minister explored strategies with conference participants on how to deepen the reach of pre-arrival services to ensure more immigrants can benefit from this type of preparation. Minister McCallum stated, “pre-arrival services do a fantastic job in helping immigrants prepare themselves for their arrival in Canada, and Planning for Canada is at the forefront of the organization of such services.”
The Minister praised the Planning for Canada initiative, stating that he “applauds Planning for Canada for their great work in the area of pre-arrival services.”
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).