January 23, 2019—Vancouver, B.C.—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 $151,739 to Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House to help deliver these important services.
The Honourable Hedy Fry, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Centre, made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
As part of their project ‘Luv the Grub’, Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House will provide food production training to vulnerable newcomer youth in East Vancouver. Luv the Grub is a social enterprise that produces jams and chutneys with rescued produce surplus. The project will include wrap-around support for vulnerable youth and community partnerships, and is designed to improve participants’ English language skills and their employability by teaching skills such as safe and efficient food preparation techniques. This small-scale project will have a total of 33 youth participating over the 3 years of the project, but there is a strong potential to scale up to larger numbers in additional 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 Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House 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 Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House will improve IRCC’s understanding of the needs of newcomer youth and support their successful integration into Canadian communities.”
– The Honourable Hedy Fry, Member of Parliament for Vancouver 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.