Founded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) in 2010, the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) is an orientation program that prepares newly-admitted immigrants to living and working in Canada while still in their home countries. The CIIP has 25 locations around the world, including the Philippines, India, and China. This month, CIC celebrates the success of this program, as the 20,000th student graduates with the necessary skills to thrive in the country.
Since 2010, CIC has invested over $15 million in the CIIP. This program offers free guidance to new immigrants, as well as their spouses and adult dependents, on the process and requirements necessary to immigrate via the Federal Skilled Workers Program and the Provincial Nominee Program.
The CIIP concentrates on teaching its students how to gain credential recognition, obtain employment, and become financially stable in the country. Information on organizations and agencies that help new immigrants settle in Canada, as well as on the labour market of the country’s various provinces is also provided. Moreover, students undergo one-to-one counselling sessions to develop an action-plan before immigrating into the country.
Almost all students who have graduated from the program give positive feedback and agree that it has helped them improve their chances of employment upon their arrival. 20,000th graduate Patricia Soyao from the Philippines claims that participating in the program is the best decision she has ever made.
“Our Government is committed to helping newcomers succeed. By giving immigrants a better understanding of what to expect before they arrive in Canada, we can help ensure they can more quickly contribute to Canada’s economic growth and long-term prosperity,” says Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism.
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