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The ipsos-Reid poll suggests in contrast with the similar survey done in 1993 that present day Canadian are more comfortable with granting equal rights & opportunities to recent immigrants of Canada. Though nearly two third of the respondents believe that immigrants of Canada should have same rights as Canadian-born citizens in future.

The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Diane Finley recently announced new federal funding to assist in the settlement and integration of new comer immigrants to Canada. the new funding of $121.6 million will be provided over the next three years. This funding is in addition to the $1.3 billion provided in Budget 2006, bringing the total investment to more than $1.4 billion over a five-year period.

On December 7, 2007 The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Diane Finley announced a $38 million in funding for 15 partner agencies in the Halton and Peel Regions of Greater Toronto Area to deliver settlement and integration services to immigrants in the community. This funding, will help more than 150,000 newcomers access settlement services including help finding a job through employment related services, orientation, translation and interpretation services; help with referrals to community resources; and counselling services.

Canada's new government has announced support and funding for a project organized by Carrefour d'immigration rurale (CIR) Evangeline in Wellington, P.E.I. (Canadian Province of Prince Edward Island), to assist in attracting immigrants to this rural Francophone community. A funding of $49,150 provided by Canada's New Government through the Official Languages Action Plan, is being used for a number of activities including community and school awareness programs..

Most recent immigrants to Canada are settling in the 5 largest Canadian cities. Approximately 80 per cent of Canadian immigrants have chosen to settle in Canada's five largest urban centres including Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary and Ottawa. The census metropolitan area of Toronto attracted the largest share of new immigrants, nearly 3 times greater than its share of the total population in Canada.

Diane Finley, The Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration announced $12.5 million in funding for the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program, to be distributed among seven partner agencies including school boards, colleges, libraries and Immigrant Centers in Hamilton, Ontario. The funds will be used by the agencies to expand their English-language training services for new immigrants in Hamilton, Ontario.

Diane Finley, The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Ed Stelmach, The Premier of Alberta and Iris Evans, Alberta Minister of Employment, Immigration and Industry, signed a new Agreement for Canada-Alberta Cooperation on Immigration on May 11, 2007. The new agreement means Alberta will be able to nominate more immigrants possessing skills needed in the province, for quicker processing by the federal government.


Canadian provinces are investing heavily in immigrant services and trying to attain their goal to be a more attractive destination for Canadian immigrants. Manitoba recently announced a new immigrant settlement strategy and Ontario just opened the first of a set of five new Welcome Centres.

While recent Canadian census told of the importance of immigration for Canadian growth, cities and provinces across Canada are devising strategies to attract newcomers to their region. The mayors of Atlantic Canada are confident that the quality of life in their cities will be the key to attracting immigrants to work, live and stay in their cities and towns.

On World Refugee Day (June 20th 2007), communities around the world including Canada are celebrating the strength of the millions of refugees around the world. Canada's New Government is joining the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and community organizations across Canada to pay tribute to their resilience and courage. With this year's Refugee Day theme being "Refugees Strength", the day is an opportunity to celebrate the resilience of refugees

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