2004 Inter-Provincial Report Card on Language and Settlement Services in Canada

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Link: http://www.elsanet.org/pdf/rc_execsummary.pdf
Org: Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University

This report provides a comprehensive overview of the current state of immigrant settlement programs across Canada funded by the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

The goal of this project is to enhance immigrant and refugee settlement and integration so that immigrants, skills and potential are not wasted upon arrival in Canada. Data come from the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Both National Headquarters (NHQ) and Regional Offices provided landing data and financial figures.

The report card highlights two main immigrant settlement core program areas: Language Services and Settlement Services. It also provides a comparison with the 2002 report card. The report card does not reflect service quality. The authors assert that the Card should be seen as a starting point – a tool to support further analysis.

Main sections of the report:

  • The status quo in CIC investment in Language and Settlement Services short changes not only immigrants but Canada as a whole
  • Lack of Comparable Services for Newcomers across Canada :
  • Inadequate supports and growing wait-list – Welcome to Canada !
  • Unaligned Policy and Program Goals hamper economic contributions of newcomers to Canada

Overall conclusion

"CIC's current investment in immigration and in particular, language services and settlement services is increasingly failing to adequately support immigrants in their settlement process. Since 2002 there has been a further erosion of the infrastructure, community capacity and support systems to facilitate the integration of 225,000 immigrants annually... Unless the Government of Canada through the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) acts decisively to re-invest in Canada 's Immigrant Settlement programs, the current waste of human capital will continue to grow along with increasing economic challenges in this country. The Government of Canada through CIC must take immediate preventative measures to ensure immigrants will be able to actively participate and contribute to Canada 's labour market and economy, regardless of where they reside."