Settlement News Across the Province/2008-2/4

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SNAP Vol. 4 / #2 - Spring 2008 - Settlement Delivery Expansion: Transition Almost Complete

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Settlement Delivery Expansion: Transition Almost Complete

By Lynne Murrell, Regional Program Advisor, Directorate of Settlement and IGA, CIC, Ontario Region

As reported last July in SNAP, the administration of CIC's Settlement Programs was to be moved into local CICs across Ontario. The transition is almost complete!

This change, brought about by the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement (COIA), has seen increased resources for settlement programs, resulting in the need for more partnership-building in local communities. CIC settlement officers working in communities have a greater awareness of local needs and are in a better position to engage with service providing organizations.

In addition, COIA provides a mechanism for a municipal role in immigration, fostering a greater engagement of municipalities in settlement issues.

As of March, 2008, most of the ISAP, LINC and Host program administration has moved from one centralized Toronto office to nine regional offices. Program staff have been trained to administer these programs, and new staff have worked with their experienced counterparts to learn about the Service Providing Organizations (SPOs) they will be working with.

Contribution agreements for the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) Reception Services are currently administered by the CIC Regional Headquarters staff at 25 St. Clair St E, Toronto. There is one RAP Reception Services contract for each of the cities of Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener, Windsor, London and Ottawa. These files will be transferred to the applicable local CIC offices by June 30, 2008. Each of the local CICs above are planning “meet and greets” with all funded SPOs from their area. Look forward to more details on these later in the spring.

The contribution agreement files for all ISAP, Host and LINC programs have moved to the following locations:

Citizenship and Immigration Centre (CIC) Area covered Manager
Settlement - Toronto
25 St. Clair Ave. East, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M4T 1M2
Fax: 416-973-9027
Toronto Lisa Anderson, Margarita Boody
Settlement – York Region
9050 Yonge St. Suite 216, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 9S6
Fax: 905-763-2140
York, Durham, Peterborough, Barrie, Orillia, Bradford Richard Lecours
Settlement – Peel/Halton
6841 Airport Rd., Mississauga, ON L4V 1E6
Fax: 905-676-5668
Peel, Halton Cliff Fast
Hamilton CIC
55 Bay St North, 1st Floor, Hamilton, ON L8R 3P7
Fax: 905-570-7278
Hamilton, Brantford, Niagara Falls, St. Catharine’s, Fort
Erie, Welland
Jack Kuderian
Sudbury CIC
19 Lisgar St., Rm. 305, Sudbury, ON P3E 3L4
Sudbury, Thunder Bay, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie Bill Abercrombie
London CIC
417 Exeter Road, London, ON N6E 2Z3
London, St. Thomas, Woodstock, Sarnia Andrew Busmanis
Windsor CIC
1250 Walker Road, Windsor, ON N8Y 4T4
Windsor, Leamington, Chatham Rob Bruce
Ottawa CIC
200 Catherine St., Ottawa, ON K2P 2K9
Fax: 613-995-1304
Ottawa English SPOs and Kingston SPO files transfer on
March 10
Ottawa Francophone files, Belleville and Cornwall files
transfer on May 5
Audrey Mitchell
Kitchener CIC
29 Duke Street East, Kitchener, ON
Fax: 519-571-6819
Kitchener, Guelph, Cambridge files transfer on March 24 Kehinde Olalere

SNAP

Published by TESL Ontario, SNAP aims to inform readers about new initiatives and resources in the field of settlement services. SNAP will also have notices of upcoming conferences, workshops or other professional development opportunities.