IRCC Funding Available to Improve Settlement Service Delivery
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is launching an expression of interest process for service delivery improvements (SDI) funding.
As part of a government-wide response to the current pandemic, IRCC will allocate approximately $30 million in SDI funding in the first year, toward settlement services for newcomers.
To be eligible for this funding, projects will address the following priorities:
- Leveraging technology:
IRCC is looking for projects that will identify technologies that can deliver remote settlement services. Projects will also identify barriers that newcomers face in accessing and using these technologies, and how these barriers can be addressed.
- Increasing employer involvement:
The pandemic is having a major impact on the short- and long-term employment prospects of newcomers. Projects under this priority will test approaches that encourage employers to get more involved in the integration of newcomers.
- Building the capacity of the sector:
Under this category, organizations with expertise in social research and development will partner with IRCC-funded agencies to help them develop the skills and tools needed to research, design and evaluate services for newcomers. This will help address some of the challenges faced by newcomers, including racism and marginalization.
There will be a webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 27th (in both official languages) to help you learn about the expression of interest process. There will be a question and answer period during each session as well.
- The English webinar will be Oct. 27th, 9am - 10:30am (CST)
- The French webinar will be Oct. 27th, 11:30am - 1pm (CST)
To register for these webinars click here.
More information about the SDI funding process, including detailed funding guidelines are also available by clicking here.
Letters of interest will be accepted until November 24th, 2020.
Successful projects will be announced in the summer of 2021;
funding will begin in the fall of 2021 and run until March 31, 2024.