Settlement and Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP)

CIC 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 CIC, 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 call for proposals

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

National Call for Proposals (CFP) 2015

  • CIC is now accepting funding proposals for the National CFP 2015 through our new online system. The deadline to submit your applications in our online system is August 10, 2015 at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT.

Funding Information

Organizations and individuals are invited to submit applications for the Settlement, Resettlement Assistance and Inter-Action (multiculturalism) programs. Funding from CIC will be available for up to 3 years, for projects beginning on or after April 1, 2016.

Please ensure you review all documents listed below before beginning your application:
  • The Funding Guidelines document provides information on eligible applicants, eligible clients, program priorities and other information which is critical in properly completing your application.
  • The Applicant Tutorial provides guidance to applicants on how to complete the online application form.
  • The Frequently Asked Questions are a list of questions and answers which are commonly asked by applicants. This list is updated throughout the CFP.

Apply Here for Funding

Please note that the online application system may have periodic maintenance updates on Thursdays from 8:00PM EDT until the next day, Friday at 5:00AM EDT. If a maintenance update is scheduled the system will be unavailable and applicants may not be able to access their profile or application forms.

For further questions or clarifications on the National CFP 2015 please contact CIC at

Closed calls for proposals

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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