Graduate student awards from CERIS

The  Joint Centre of Excellence in Immigration and Settlement (CERIS), the Ontario Metropolis Centre, is accepting applications from Ontario graduate students (Masters and Doctoral levels) for a graduate student research award. The award is to support research related to immigration and settlement that is Greater Toronto Area or Ontario-focused. Ten awards of up to $500 are available. 

See the CERIS website for information and the application form.

Deadline is May 20/08.

More funding announcements from the federal government

Following on a post dated Fri Feb 22/08, more funding announcements from the federal government, including:

Feb 29/08 “Government of Canada announces funding to help newcomers settle in London, Ontario”.

March 7/08 “Government of Canada announces funding to help newcomers settle in Toronto“.  This funding was set for the YMCA Korean Community Services and the Korean Canadian Women’s Association KCWA Family and Social Services.

March 7/08 “Government of Canada announces funding to Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association“.

Manitoba CBC diversity scholarships

The Manitoba CBC are in their 5th year of awarding $500 scholarships to high school students in their final year of high school and planning to pursue journalism studies.

Eligible students are “youth who come from an ethnic or ancestral background that is a visible minority or Aboriginal” and who can best answer the essay question: “What is the role of the CBC in our community?“.

Federal budget, 2008

The National Post is reporting that today’s federal budget has “something for everyone”, including this – for immigrants:

“$22-million over two years to modernize and speed up the immigration system. Plans include: ‘changes will be made to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to improve the immigration process. It is not fair for prospective immigrants to wait for years before being considered, and it is not desirable to wait that long for the immigrants the country needs’.”

Meanwhile, The Globe and Mail is running an op-ed by Perrin Beatty, Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Claire Morris, Association of Universities and Colleges Canada and on what kinds of immigrants Canada needs:

“Streamlining our immigration process to make Canada a more attractive option for skilled immigrants will be important. However, Canada cannot count on maintaining current levels of immigration of advanced degree-holders to meet future labour market needs. In an increasingly knowledge-based world, competition for highly-educated immigrants is growing in developed nations and emerging economies alike.

Consequently, more needs to be done to attract the best and the brightest international graduate students who remain critical to fuelling the country’s pipeline of highly qualified personnel”.

Immigrant children? Not in the op-ed. Not in the budget. To access the budget documents, visit the budget.gc.ca website.

CIC & MCI joint call for proposals, Ontario

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) are seeking proposals to strengthen the role of local and regional communities in serving and integrating immigrants through Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs).

The overall objective of the call is to identify groups that will coordinate and enhance the current service delivery network (avoiding duplication). Strategic partnerships between service providers and organizations is encouraged.

The funders objectives are to:

  1. Improve access to, and coordination of, effective services that facilitate immigrant settlement and integration
  2. Improve access to the labour market for immigrants
  3. Strengthen local and regional awareness and capacity to integrate immigrants
  4. Establish or enhance partnerships and participation of multiple stakeholders in planning, and coordinating the delivery of integration services (including settlement, language training, labour market integration), especially current services supported by the federal government through CIC or through MCI.

For more info, see the page at settlement.org or the MCI web-page.

2 Deadlines: March 7, 2008 and May 6, 2008.

CIC call for proposals, Ontario

Citizenship and Immigration Canada have issued a call for proposals for projects that enhance or support Immigrant Settlement and Adaptation Program (ISAP) services in Ontario.

The call is seeking community, local, regional, or provincial projects that focus on:

  • Developing a campaign for the promotion of settlement services and outreach to those in need of settlement services
  • Developing and / or distributing of information products to settlement workers in Ontario
  • The development of and / or dissemination of newcomer information products
  • The development of and implementation of improved program delivery tools
  • The design and delivery of conferences, workshops and other training events for settlement workers
  • Producing studies, reports and recommendations relevant to settlement and integration
  • Other activities or products which will result in improvements to ISAP.

Deadline is September 1, 2008.

For more info, see the page at settlement.org.

Prairie Metropolis Centre research grants

The Prairie Metropolis Centre (PMC) is accepting applications for research grants for 2008-2009 from its PMC research affiliates. The PMC Family, Children and Youth Domain is described as follows:

“Immigration is a decision that is often taken not simply by an individual but by families. It is an investment in the future, both for the immigrant and for the host society, and often it is the outcomes of the children of immigrants and refugees or newcomer children themselves that are considered to be the best indicators of the success of an immigration or refugee program. Similarly, the outcomes achieved by all minorities – whether children, youth, families or individuals – are strong indicators of broad societal inclusion. This policy research priority will examine the consequences of migration to Canada for families, children and youth and will develop proposals for enhancing their success in the future”.

Deadline is April 30, 2008. For more information, see the PMC website.

Federal funding announcements galore!

There have been a rash of funding announcements from the federal government lately, including:

December 2007

Dec 17/07 “Minister Finley announces new federal commitments to help newcomers settle in Canada”, which includes a link to a handy at-a-glance chart showing the provincial/territorial breakdown of dollars from 05-06 to 08-09.

Dec 18/07 “Government of Canada supports Saskatchewan in attracting immigrants to the province”. Included in this announcement was the “Going to Canada” website that provides “links to information and services when planning a temporary stay or making Canada your new home”. The website is available in English and French. Not much info on children.

January 2008

Jan 7/08 “Government of Canada announces new funding for research on immigration and diversity”. The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and Dr. Chad Gaffield, President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) jointly announced research funding of $7.5 million over five years for Metropolis, the Canadian arm of the international consortium of research centres on immigration and settlement.

Jan 18/08 “Government of Canada provides funding to help newcomers settle in the Peel region”. The funding will support the Peel Newcomer Strategy Group.

February 2008

Feb 1/08 “Government of Canada announces funding to help immigrants settle in Lethbridge“.

Feb 1/08 “Government of Canada joins partners in launching a Tool Box to help attract immigrants to smaller communities”. The Attracting and Retaining Immigrants: A Tool Box of Ideas for Smaller Centres was developed by the National Working Group on Small Centre Strategies.

Feb 8/08 “Government of Canada announces funding to help newcomers settle in the city of Toronto“. Included in this announcement, a mention of the Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO), established in 2007 to help support internationally trained individuals in having their credentials assessed, recognzied and to find work in their chosen field.

Feb 19/08 ” Government of Canada invests to help immigrants settle in St. John’s“. In this announcement, something about/for immigrant children! A 3-day event, entitled Sharing Our Cultures is an annual event held to promote cross-cultural awareness among children and teachers. This year it will be held to coincide with March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Feb 20/08 “Government of Canada provides funding to help newcomers settle in Brantford“.

Feb 20/08 “Government of Canada provides funding to the Learning Enrichment Foundation to help newcomers in Toronto“.

Feb 21/08 “Government of Canada announces funding to help attract francophone immigrants to New Brunswick“. Funding went to Société des Acadiens et Acadiennes du Nouveau-Brunswick (SAANB).

Feb 22/08 “Government of Canada provides funding to help newcomers in North Bay“.

Federal pre-Budget online consultation

The Federal government has launched an online consultation, seeking feedback for their upcoming budget. Questions are asked in five categories: 1. How Canada should address an increasingly aging population. 2. Economic policy. 3. Resources and re-directing resources. 4. How to keep Canada competitive internationally, and 5. “What tax and other measures should the Government take to ensure that Canada keeps its best and brightest, attracts highly skilled immigrants, encourages as many people as possible to enter the workforce, and rewards Canadians for their hard work, while respecting the Government’s fiscal goals?”.

Here’s our chance to respond and raise issues! Please visit and participate in the online pre-budget consultation.

Deadline is February 11, 2008.

Ontario Newcomer Settlement program funding

The Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration has opened a call for applications for its 2008-2009 Ontario Newcomer Settlement program. The program is described as: “funding to community-based not-for-profit organizations across Ontario to facilitate the settlement and integration of newcomers to Ontario. The goal of the program is to help newcomers succeed and have the opportunity to contribute to all aspects of life in Ontario”.

Funding is provided to initiatives that:

  • Focus on finding new ways of meeting existing and emerging needs by filling service gaps;
  • Deliver effective programs and services for newcomers;
  • Improve coordination between settlement and other services – social, educational, language training, labor-market integration – needed by newcomers;
  • Increase the effectiveness of the settlement service delivery system through the development of innovative solutions to sector issues and collaboration with other service providers.

To be eligible for this funding, applicants must be incorporated as a non-profit organization for at least two years and have at least two years experience in providing services for newcomer populations.

See the website for more information.Deadline is February 15, 2008.

HRDSC funding for national organizations – children and families component

The Social Development Partnerships Program of Human Resources Development and Skills Canada have issued a call for proposals for their children and families component.

From the website:

“The goal of this Call for Proposals (CFP) is to offer three years of results-based grant funding to national organizations that have local chapters/agencies/offices that deliver front line programs and services to children/youth and their families in communities across Canada.

“The priority of this CFP is to enable national organizations to continue providing leadership in program development and supports to their local affiliates.

“The maximum amount of funding available is $200,000 per fiscal year, for a maximum of three years”.

The closing date of the call is February 8, 2008.

For more details, including eligibility requirements; FAQs; terms and conditions and more, see the HRSDC website.