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1 CIC Summit Presentation: Settlement Programs in Saskatchewan

2 Presentation Outline Introduction Settlement Funding Cycle What We Hope to Achieve From The Summits The Four Pillars of Integration Settlement Services in Saskatchewan Settlement Services: Who is using them? Trends In Usage And Funding Results From Annual Project Performance Report (APPR) National Perspective A Strategic Approach to Settlement Programming Looking Forward Next Steps 2

3 Priority Funding Cycle CIC recognizes the need to have a responsive and comprehensive Settlement program, to ensure that newcomers integrate into Canadian society quickly. In order to make better informed decisions regarding funding priorities, CIC is using both existing and new means of information gathering. Summits are a brand new means to consult with established and new stakeholders; increase our knowledge and understanding of the needs and challenges in providing settlement services; and inform priority setting for the future. Summits fit within a larger, regular 3-year planning cycle associated with the National Call For Proposals (CFP) for Settlement Service funding. 3

4 Summits: An Integral Part Of Priority Setting From Citizenship and Immigration Canada s (CIC) perspective, these summits will serve to: Include and engage a broad and diverse cross-section of participants from the Settlement sector, including Language, as well as non-traditional stakeholders such as employers, in discussions on settlement and integration services for newcomers; Increase common understanding of the newcomer needs and challenges of the various parts of the sector/orders of government in delivering settlement and integration services; and Provide a strong evidence-base for the setting of settlement priorities at the regional and national level, as well as inform ongoing settlement and integration policy. 4

5 Summits are an integral part of priority setting (cont.) Consultations on Needs Evidence Gathering Collect and analyze data on landings, uptake of services and progress towards outcomes Engage partners, key stakeholders to discuss local, jurisdictional and national needs and gaps Priority Setting Establish national and regional plans and priorities (CIC) Implementation Deliver program and report on activities, outputs and outcomes Funding Guidance National Call for Proposals (CFP) and assessment 5

6 The Four Pillars of Integration CIC has four pillars to Integration, which are the lenses by which we organize our work: Creating a welcoming society; Language needs of new immigrants; Labour market participation; and Other core settlement services. 6

7 Settlement Services in Saskatchewan The next several slides address specific settlement service in Saskatchewan, in particular: Trends in usage, immigrant populations, funding allocation; Who is using what services; and Information from the Annual Project Performance Report 7

8 Saskatchewan at a glance Net Allocations $2,807,605 $3,790,907 $4,465,855 $6,025,004 $8,030,275 $10,127,313 $14,255,519 $17,995,061 $20,647,090 $23,675,310 Number of Unique Clients 9,500 9,000 8,500 8,000 7,500 7,000 6,500 6,000 5,500 5,000 4,500 4,000 3,500 3,000 2,500 2,000 1,500 1, Saskatchewan - Summary of Usage of Settlement services ( to ) Any Services 544.5% Increase Info & Orientation 505.4% Increase Language Training 466.5% Increase Language Assessment 686.7% Increase In , the level of federal funding for settlement services in the province reached $23.7M; more than 8 times the level. In , the services usage in Saskatchewan is more than 5 times the usage in Almost 10,000 clients used at least one settlement service during

9 Permanent Residents by Category 2012 and 2013 In the last few years, the number of permanent residents in Saskatchewan substantially increased. Number of Permanent Residents in Saskatchewan , , , , , , , , ,680 Preliminary data shows that there were10,680 permanents residents in Saskatchewan for 2013, 5 times the number of permanent residents in Most of the permanent residents are from the economic class, which includes provincial nominees. Saskatchewan Permanent Residents by Category Number % Number % Family class % % Economic immigrants 9, % 8, % Refugees (includes GARs) % % Other immigrants % % Total 11, % 10, % Government-Assisted Refugees 330 N/A 350 N/A 9

10 Usage of Settlement Services In , across the country (outside Quebec and BC) more than 260,000 permanent residents used at least one settlement service. Type of services Unique clients used at least one settlement service Unique clients were enrolled in language training Unique clients received information and orientation services Usage of Settlement Services (outside Quebec, Manitoba and British-Columbia) 205, % from economic class 26.1% from the family class 22.0% were refugees 59, % from the economic class 34.2% from the family class 23.8% were refugees 147, % from the economic class 23.7% from the family class 23.7% were refugees Saskatchewan 9, % from the economic class 8.0% from the family class 23.9% were refugees 3, % from the economic class 10.9% from the family class 20.7% were refugees 5, % from the economic class 5.1% from the family class 31.9% were refugees Data for icare is very new and is a transition year. Some icare modules were launched at the end of the fiscal year so it is difficult to get aggregate data for all services by province. To preserve the integrity of the data, we are presenting the figures and the icare figures that are complete at this time. Starting in , we will be able to present the analysis by province. Usage of Settlement Services Needs Assessment and Referrals Number of Unique Clients Number of Services Number of clients who used support services 2,241 2, Language Assessement 2,918 2,986 N/A Language Training 5,127 6,327 N/A Information and Orientation Services Employment-Related Services - Total Count 4,282 15,347 1, ,

11 General Information on Projects as Reported by Service Providers In , CIC received 538 annual project performance reports (APPRs), representing 529 contribution agreements (CAs), from service provider organizations (SPOs) across Canada. Of these, 42 APPRs were held by Saskatchewan SPOs. Most projects provided multiple components of the settlement program. In Saskatchewan The language training component was by far the most frequently provided one; it was included in almost 70% of the projects. On the other hand, it appears that the development of settlement plans, as a project component, was less prevalent than in other provinces. It was included in approximately 20% of the projects. Needs assessments and referrals Settlement plans Pre-arrival plans Information and orientation Language training and assessment Employment related/labour market Community connections 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% Saskatchewan Canada (excl. QC, BC) 11

12 Resources for Projects Over 90% of projects in Saskatchewan were supported by partnerships. The most commonly identified project partner was the community, followed closely by the provincial government. Partners contributions facilitated project delivery by: Providing funding Providing office/training space, materials, household items, food, clothing, door prizes Facilitating presentations and information sessions, serving as guest speakers Supporting mutual client referrals Complementing CIC-funded services by offering: Activities for non eligible clients Medical assessments In-depth counselling Federal government Provincial government Municipal government Private sector Community 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% Saskatchewan Canada (excl. QC, BC) In addition to partners contributions, volunteers supported projects in many ways, including: Mentoring (e.g. conversation practice, knowledge of community) Providing administrative support, help with events/field trips Tutoring/assistance in language training classes, homework clubs for youth Offering translation/interpretation assistance 12

13 Factors, Enablers and Promising Practices Generally, SPOs in Saskatchewan and elsewhere report overlap between the factors, enablers and promising practices. The most common ones, include: Raising awareness of the available services among clients and potential partners Online tools were leveraged to increase accessibility for dispersed populations Hiring and retaining well trained multiple lingual staff Such staff is better able to serve clients in a culturally sensitive manner They are also able to develop more adapted and innovative curriculums to correspond to specific learning needs, which emerged from individual client needs assessments Having and leveraging classroom resources, which facilitated the learning and interest of clients For example, having computers with high speed internet access to assist in job searching, language tools, learning Canadian culture and community connections Providing flexible schedules for clients who worked or faced other competing demands Developing partnerships and collaboration with community groups, which facilitated the learning and integration of clients 13

14 Clients Needs The analysis of the APPR revealed that newcomers in Saskatchewan largely have the same needs and require the same services as their counterparts in other provinces. One notable difference in Saskatchewan is the need for services in smaller and more remote communities. Language Training Classes that would need to be: In both official languages, corresponding to demand and tailored for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, as well as for those seeking employment Based on peer groups (e.g., youth, children) Offered at different times and online to accommodate clients schedules Employment Assistance with job search Support with developing resumes, cover letters, and preparing for interviews Access to employment counselling and information about the Canadian workplace Access to employment programs for skills development and opportunities to gain Canadian employment experience To facilitate access to training and employment opportunities, clients also needed support services, such as: Transportation, particularly in rural areas and in suburban areas on evenings and weekends Financial assistance for driving lessons and/or obtaining a license Affordable childcare Housing Access to affordable housing options Medical Needs Access to knowledge about the Canadian health system Culturally sensitive health services Community Services Peer Specific Activities (Youth) Awareness of and access to community services (e.g., social programs, recreation) Access to extracurricular activities Support for homework and for understanding Canadian norms and customs 14

15 Settlement in Canada A Working Vision Strategic Approach to Settlement Focus on the future: Settlement Reform Moving Forward: Express Entry 15

16 Moving Toward A More Strategic Approach to Settlement The Past The Present Patchwork quilt approach to programming Continuous Intake for proposals FPT meetings Academic and Applied Research Individual Program and Pilot Evaluations/Review Comprehensive Cycle of Continuous Improvement National CFP 3 year cycle (including NSC and Summits) Nationally comparable services with regionally specific interventions Review of icare data and APPR Results of Service Provider Surveys Assessment of national and regional immigration trends Multilateral Agreements with Provinces/Territories LIPs, RiFs, IECs Deepened Collaboration with FPT Partners (Pan-Canadian Helping Immigrants Succeed Action Plan, Pan Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications, National Settlement Council) 16

17 Focus on the Future : Settlement Reform Collaborative Approaches: Integrate collaborative and consultative practices into programming decisions and engage partners and stakeholders early and often in areas of shared responsibility. Employer engagement; Community Partnership Planning; FPT Language Strategy; and FPT Action Plan 17

18 Focus on the Future : Settlement Reform (cont.) Innovation Agenda: Seeking to create new partnerships within the private and public sector, leverage new resources for integration and support broader engagement. Social Innovation; Use of Technology; and Online Community of Practice 18

19 Focus on the Future : Settlement Reform (cont.) Labour Market Focus in all areas of programming and all segments of the newcomer population. Pre-arrival expansion and enhancement of services Foreign Qualification Recognition (FQR) 19

20 Focus on the Future: Express Entry Canada understands that the immigration system needs to be fast, flexible and responsive to labour market needs. In light of this, in January 2015, a new model called Express Entry, will be put in place. Express Entry will be a required pre-application stage for four existing economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program; the Canadian Experience Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Program; and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program. Individuals who express interest and meet the criteria for one of the four federal programs will be admitted to the Express Entry pool and be ranked against other candidates. CIC will only issue an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence to the highest-ranking candidates, such as those with job offers or Provincial nominations or with attributes shown to lead to success in Canada s economy. 20

21 Fostering an efficient immigration-integration continuum To ensure a successful immigration program, Canada will continue efforts to have newcomers and citizens participating to their full potential in society. From efficient selection to a seamless integration Express Entry is an innovation that will: Improve processing times and eliminate backlogs by aligning application intake with processing capacity; Make it possible to select the best candidates, not just those who applied first; and Give provinces, territories, and employers a direct role in economic immigration. For integration, the Government of Canada will: Develop future policy directions for settlement programming; and Move forward with the launch of future Call For Proposals (CFP) for settlement services. 21

22 Next Steps for Summit Discussions at this summit will be recorded by both the hosts and the CIC regional staff. Their reports will be shared with CIC, who will analyze the findings from each report and develop recommendations based on the reports. These recommendations will be reviewed as part of the national Call For Proposals (CFP) priority setting exercise, and used alongside other input (such as identified regional priorities, the Annual Project Performance Review, etc.) to finalize the priorities, guide funding decision, and further CIC s programming. Once priorities are finalized, the national CFP will be ready to launch. 22

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