Organizations in Leamington, Ontario, Peterborough, Ontario and Brooks, Alberta are stepping up to play a stronger role in resettling refugees in Canada. The New Canadians/’ Centre of Excellence (Leamington), the New Canadians Centre (Peterborough) and the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (Brooks) all successfully demonstrated they have the services in place to become new Resettlement Assistance Program centres and are able to start accepting government-assisted refugees. Under the Resettlement Assistance Program, there are now 27 communities outside Quebec offering comprehensive and expanded services to refugees. The Resettlement Assistance Program supports government-assisted refugees, blended visa office-referred refugees and other eligible clients when they first arrive in Canada. A recent call for proposals was launched to identify new temporary Resettlement Assistance Program centres and expand the number of cities across Canada where refugees can be sent.
The Government of Canada has an ambitious plan to bring in between 280,000 and 305,000 new permanent residents in 2016. As we continue to show our global leadership, Canada will reunite families, offer a place of refuge to those fleeing persecution, and support Canada’s long-term economic prosperity. Through the Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration—which includes the 2016 immigration levels plan—the government outlined how it will increase levels of family class immigration, which will address the application backlog and reunite families more quickly. The government will meet its commitments to welcome more refugees to Canada, and in the process, it will help diversify the Canadian economy and create sustainable growth.