Canada immigration settlement services

Canada immigration settlement services budgets $14.6M for 3 Provinces

Canada immigration settlement services department announced budget to improve case management services. The budget increases are under Canada’s Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP).

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that it is investing over $14.3 million for more immigrant settlement services in the three Prairie provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The goal of Canada immigration settlement services is to help newcomers with support and referrals to successfully settle into their new communities.


These services are also key to enhancing access to support services for refugees in smaller and rural communities. Key among which are to provide newcomers with the tools to succeed in Canada.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

Canada immigration settlement services are available to immigrants within their first six weeks of arrival in Canada.


The program provides newcomers with direct financial support and funds service provider organizations that deliver immediate and essential services.  Financial supports also include one-time start-up allowance and monthly income for up to one year.

See also Report highlights successes of Canada newcomers settlement services.

What Canada immigration settlement services?


“Settlement services play a fundamental role in our immigration system. They’re the key ingredient of a newcomer’s success in Canada—whether it’s help getting a job, finding a place to live or learning English or French. With immigration playing a central role in our post-pandemic recovery, these findings will help us ensure that every new Canadian has what they need to thrive in this country.”

 – The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., former Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

IRCC manages RAP, in collaboration with over 570 local service provider organizations across Canada (outside of Quebec).

All Canadian permanent residents and protected persons are eligible for IRCC-funded settlement services.

Canada is top country for immigrant settlement and integration services

Canada has a proud tradition of being an international leader in immigrant resettlement and integration.

In 2021 Canada released a report that highlights how newcomers can use settlement services. The report is a high-level analysis and summary of the immigrant experience in Canada. See Settlement Outcomes Highlights Report (PDF, 4.2 MB)

The report examined the successes and challenges of Canada newcomers from 2015 to 2019. The report focused on newcomers use of settlement services under RAP.

According to the report newcomers:

  • give high marks to the settlement services offered to them and also
  • see these services as crucial in setting newcomers up for success in Canada

Canada needs immigrants to rebound from pandemic labour shortages

Canada needs immigrants in order to recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Consequently, Canada is actively looking for skilled workers and international students to help the recovery effort.

For instance, see Canada announced dramatic increases to Canada’s immigration levels for 2021 to 2023.


See also Canada to spend Millions on immigration to spark economic recovery.

IRCC’s Canada immigration settlement services aim to further stimulate immigrants to come to Canada and assist them to happily and successfully settle in.

Immigration to Canada’s Prairies provinces

The three Prairie provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are popular among immigrants. This is because of their high demand for foreign skilled workers and international students. These are some of Canada’s provinces hit hard by the COVID pandemic.

Each province has a provincial immigrant nomination program (PNP) to select candidates to settle in the province to help recover from severe labour shortages.

In 2021, immigration to Alberta province alone received 40,040 new permanent residents.  Prior to the pandemic in 2019 Alberta received 43,690 new permanent residents.

Manitoba received 16,585 new permanent residents in 2021, down from 18,910 in 2019.

Saskatchewan also received 10,955 new permanent residents in 2021 in comparison to 15,855 in 2019.

Canada immigration settlement services new budget increase will stimulate immigration to these provinces.

How does PNP nomination help your Canada permanent resident application?

Canadian provinces do not have the power to give permanent residency status. However, they can nominate you for PR in the federal government’s Express Entry system.

A total of 1,200 points is available under Express Entry. You immediately get 600 points if you are nominated by a province. See Provincial Immigrant Nomination Programs (PNPs).

The 600 CRS points from a PNP nomination virtually guarantee that you will receive an ITA in an Express Entry draw.

For example, Halley entered the Express Entry pool with a CRS score of 365. However, he recently obtained a provincial nomination from Manitoba province. As a result IRCC awards him additional 600 points.

Consequently, Halley’s total CRS score jumps to 965 points! Halley is virtually guaranteed to get an invitation to apply for permanent residence from IRCC.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.