January 17, 2019—Winnipeg, Manitoba—Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) works with many partners in the delivery of services to newcomers to Canada, and supports their integration into Canadian communities. IRCC is actively working to improve these settlement services through the Service Delivery Improvements funding stream and will be providing funding of $98,288 to Family Dynamics to help deliver these important services.
Robert-Falcon Ouellette, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
Family Dynamics will undertake a one-year collaborative research and analysis project that will examine the scope and best practices of Manitoba’s Neighbourhood Immigrant Settlement Workers (NISWs) model. Using feedback and input from clients and partner organizations, this project will identify best practices and areas of improvement for the NISW model in supporting community-based settlement and integration, especially for vulnerable newcomer youth. This information can then be used to describe, share, and improve the impacts of the NISW model, which could then be implemented in other regions.
IRCC’s Service Delivery Improvement Fund is a dedicated funding stream of over $30 million per year, devoted to service delivery improvement, innovation and experimentation to continue to find better ways to deliver services to newcomers, meet the needs of newcomer clients and support the integration process.
“I’m proud that the Government of Canada is working with organizations like Family Dynamics to provide high-quality settlement services for newcomers across the country. Finding new and better ways to help newcomers succeed in their journey benefits all Canadians, by strengthening our labour force and the economy.”
– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
“Thanks to the Service Delivery Improvement fund, projects such as this one undertaken by Family Dynamics will improve IRCC’s understanding of newcomer needs and support their successful integration into Canadian communities.”
– Robert-Falcon Ouellette, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre
SDI funding is a dedicated stream within the Settlement Program of almost $150 million over five years. The funding was allocated to the Department through the 2017 Immigration Levels Plan, and is devoted to testing new approaches to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Program.
Following the first Expression of Interest process for SDI launched in fall 2017, IRCC is now funding over 100 projects across the country. All projects will be complete by March 31, 2021.
There are 7 funding streams under the SDI: language acquisition; employment; youth supports; harnessing volunteers and supporting capacity building in the settlement sector; pay for performance; newcomer well-being and programming to support vulnerable clients; and research and analysis to drive innovation and understand the user experience.