The groundbreaking Planning for Canada pre-arrival initiative celebrated its first anniversary on December 1, 2016, culminating in a year filled with the exploration of innovative approaches to improve pre-arrival services, strengthening linkages with partners, and raising the profile of pre-arrival services across Canada and abroad.
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).
Highlights from the year include:
- Raising awareness of the benefits of pre-arrival services through an increased online presence.
- Expanding Planning for Canada’s partnerships to enrich the continuum of service.
- Increasing the involvement of pre-arrival service providers at the national policy level.
- Participating in pilot projects for newcomers to jumpstart the credential assessment process while still in their country of origin.
- Hosting the first Planning for Canada Consultative Conference with over 70 participants to discuss trends, accomplishments, best practices, and the continuum of service.
- Receiving public support from the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, through his visits to CIIP offices in the Philippines and India, and at the Consultative Conference.
At the Consultative Conference held in September 2016, Planning for Canada conducted an interview with Minister McCallum on the value of pre-arrival services. As Minister McCallum states in the video below, “All Canadians want immigrants to be well received, well integrated in Canada. Pre-arrival services do a fantastic job helping immigrants prepare themselves for Canada and Planning for Canada is at the forefront of such services.”
Over the first year, Planning for Canada trained over 5,790 participants in more than 70 countries. Services are offered worldwide in English and French, in person and online. The Planning for Canada curriculum is comprised of a group orientation, a personalized action plan, and referrals to Canadian partners such as colleges, settlement agencies, and government services. This continuum of service has proven to be very effective helping newcomers successfully integrate into Canadian workplaces and communities.