Settlement Program and Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP)

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) funds services that help newcomers settle and adapt to life in Canada. These services include language training, information and referrals, help finding employment that matches newcomers’ skills and education, and help integrating into Canadian society.

The Settlement Program assists immigrants and refugees to overcome barriers specific to the newcomer experience (such as a lack of official language skills and limited knowledge of Canada) so that they can participate in social, cultural, civic and economic life in Canada. The program focuses on four areas: information and orientation; language training and skills development; labour market access; and welcoming communities. Most services are designed and delivered by service provider organizations, but certain services (such as some information provision) are delivered directly by IRCC, and some services are delivered overseas.

The Refugee Resettlement Assistance Program provides immediate and essential support services and income support to assist in meeting refugees’ resettlement needs. Essential services are supported through contributions to service provider organizations. RAP services include, but are not limited to, reception services, assistance with accommodations, links to mandatory federal and provincial programs, life skills training, and orientation on financial and non-financial information.

Inter-Action (Multiculturalism)

The Inter-Action Events stream, which provides funding of up to $15,000 for events, accepts applications year-round.

This stream is designed to support events that foster one or more of the following:

  • Intercultural/interfaith understanding
  • Civic memory and pride
  • Respect for core democratic values

The Inter-Action Projects stream provides funding for long-term, multi-year community development and engagement projects, with the aim of fostering an integrated, socially-cohesive society.

See Proactive Disclosure for project proposals which have received funding of over $25,000.

Open funding processes

Any current or upcoming funding opportunities will be noted on this page. Please refer back to it on a regular basis for any announcements.

Supporting Syrian Refugees: Open Intake Process

IRCC is now accepting funding proposals for the Supporting Syrian Refugees: Open Intake Process for new Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) Centres through our online portal. This funding process is open ended and proposals will be accepted until the need for RAP Centres has been met.

Funding Information

Only currently funded Settlement Service Provider Organizations are invited to submit applications for RAP funding as per the Funding Guidelines below.

New centres may be required as early as Spring 2016 and funding will be available until March 31, 2017.

Please ensure you review the documents listed below before beginning your application:

  • The Funding Guidelines document provides information on eligible applicants, eligible clients, funding priorities and other information which is critical in properly completing your application (note: some technical tips are included within the application itself).
  • The Frequently Asked Questions are a list of questions and answers which are commonly asked by applicants. This list is updated throughout the funding process.

Begin your online application

Apply here for funding

Please note that the online application system may have periodic maintenance updates on Thursdays and Fridays. If a maintenance update is scheduled the system will be unavailable and applicants may not be able to access their profile or application forms temporarily.

For further questions or clarifications on this funding process please contact IRCC.

Closed funding processes

National Call for Proposals (CFP) 2015

The deadline to submit applications for Settlement, Resettlement Assistance and Inter-Action (Multiculturalism) Projects funding, under the National Call for Proposals 2015 was August 10, 2015.

Pre-arrival services, 2014

The deadline to submit applications for funding to support pre-arrival services was September 25, 2014.

Manitoba, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, 2013

The deadline to submit applications for funding to support Settlement projects in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and New Brunswick was November 8, 2013.

British Columbia, 2013

The deadline to submit applications for funding to support Settlement projects in British Columbia was July 8, 2013.

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