Settlement and resettlement

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 for government-assisted refugees (GARs) 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.

Open call for proposals

There are currently no open calls for proposals; we are not accepting applications at this time.

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.


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

Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund

The Government of Canada established the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund to support projects that commemorate the experience of all affected communities during that period. The fund is managed by the Shevchenko Foundation.

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