An extension of one year has been granted to the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement.
The Agreement was first established between the two governments in 2005 and was intended to last for five years. Throughout those five years, $920 million was allotted to new immigration programs that focused on integration and helping immigrants achieve their full potential. The money from the Agreement goes to settlement and language training services, partnerships with municipalities, temporary foreign worker programs and the Ontario Immigration Web Portal, which provides immigration information to the public and new immigrants.
Previous achievements of the program include a strategic plan for settlement and language training for immigrants, and educating employers about the rights and responsibilities of temporary foreign workers.
The agreement was signed by Canadian Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minster Jason Kenney and Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Dr. Eric Hoskins.
“In extending the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement, we signal our commitment to continue to collaborate to attract, retain and integrate immigrants into communities in Ontario while exploring new ways to improve immigrant outcomes,” said Minister Kenney.
Under the extension, $320 million have been designated to Ontario for the next year, as well as $108 million in annual settlement funding. The money is expected to assist in creating programs and providing services for immigrants, as well as attract more immigrants to the province.
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