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New Brunswick will invest $870,000 to help immigrants to become integrated and successful in the province.
From left: Fredericton-Silverwood MLA Rick Miles; Dexter Noel, president, Multicultural Association of Fredericton; Byrne, New Brunswick Minister of Business; and Lisa Bamford, director of newcomer programs, Multicultural Association of Fredericton.
In 2007, New Brunswick set a goal of attracting at least 5,000 people annually to the province by 2015 and to increase the province’s immigrant retention rate to 80 per cent from 60 per cent.
However since then the provincial government recognized that settlement and integration services were insufficient to support these increased numbers of newcomers. On October 15, 2008, New Brunswick Minister of Business Greg Byrne announced significant new funding for Community Capacity Settlement and Settlement and Multiculturalism Services.
Community Capacity Settlement funding will help start-up or existing organizations to develop strong infrastructure, as well as provide access to training and resources in such areas as financial management and planning, project management, and board governance.
Settlement and Multiculturalism Services funding will assist organizations in delivering needed services to newcomers, such as entrepreneur mentorship, services for women, youth, or seniors, assistance with credential recognition, and language training.
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