Expanding supports for newcomers
Budget 2023 commits $23.8 million to meet newcomers’ needs as they settle, work and prosper in Alberta.
With a strong economy, endless opportunities and an excellent quality of life, Alberta remains a top destination for immigrants. Budget 2023 investments will ensure newcomers can access the settlement, language, training and other supports they need to reach their full potential.
“Alberta will be welcoming more immigrants over the next three years. These newcomers will help continue Alberta’s economic momentum, yet the province will need to help these newcomers succeed. Budget 2023 will provide funding for settlement services and language supports that will help newcomers settle and thrive in Alberta.”Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Trade, Immigration and Multiculturalism
Three-year funding from Alberta’s government will support the Alberta Settlement and Integration Program for projects that address gaps in service delivery and complement existing programming. Alberta’s government is committing $18.9 million to support the program and will receive $4.9 million over three years from the federal government through the Canada-Alberta Workforce Development Agreement, for a total commitment of $23.8 million.
“Newcomers are vital to our province. They bring new perspectives, experiences and talents while helping diversify and grow Alberta’s economy. But it takes more than just moving to Alberta to fulfil your potential. For many newcomers, finding and utilizing supports can be one of the challenges they face. Wraparound supports through this funding are going to make a world of difference and change people’s lives.”Kaycee Madu, Minister of Skilled Trades and Professions
Through this program, eligible organizations can apply for grant funding for services that give newcomers information about living and working in Alberta, as well as access to services and opportunities that support their integration into Alberta.
Organizations can apply for grants through two categories:
- Supports for Newcomer Integration grants, which fund settlement and language services to help newcomers integrate while they live and work in Alberta.
- Settlement Integration and Language Projects, which respond to emerging settlement and integration needs such as system improvement, capacity building, labour market opportunities and other priorities identified by the government.
Each year, the Alberta Settlement and Integration Program provides services for up to 14,000 eligible newcomers.
“As an immigrant-serving agency, TIES understands the tremendous need in the community for additional supports to serve our clients. We are thrilled to hear that there is additional funding committed to this sector in Budget 2023. With this support, we can continue to provide critical services that help newcomers settle, work and prosper in Alberta. We know that moving to a new country can be a daunting experience, and that’s why our organization is dedicated to providing the supports that newcomers need to thrive. This funding will enable us to expand our services, reach more people, and positively impact the lives of thousands of newcomers over the next three years.”Sally Zhao, president and CEO, The Immigrant Education Society (TIES)
Budget 2023 secures Alberta’s future by transforming the health-care system to meet people’s needs, supporting Albertans with the high cost of living, keeping our communities safe and driving the economy with more jobs, quality education and continued diversification.