Announcement on Expression of Interest Process: Settlement Program

November 15, 2017 by ICASC Uncategorized /

Special Announcement about the upcoming Expression of Interest process for the Settlement Program in Canada. More info at:


(French to follow / le français suit)

As the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Settlement and Integration Sector at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, I am pleased to announce an upcoming Expression of Interest process for the Settlement Program.

This process will be an opportunity for organizations (those with or without funding history with the Department) to propose innovative concepts to improve the delivery of settlement services to newcomers and to propose projects targeting emerging priorities. The intent is to improve existing service delivery models, ensure that services respond to newcomer needs, and leverage the contributions of additional partners.

The Department will be inviting Expressions of Interest starting November 14, 2017. This intake process will have two phases. First, applicants will submit a concise Letter of Interest introducing their concept. If the concept is a good fit with the Service Delivery Improvement criteria, applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. The intent of this two-step Expression of Interest process is to be less burdensome for applicants, use Departmental resources more efficiently, and ultimately to serve the Sector and newcomer needs in the best way possible. If the process proves successful, we would hope in consultation with sector partners to make it a regular proposal intake tool going forward.

I encourage you to monitor the IRCC funding page ( in the coming week as we post additional guidance and information related to both the Expression of Interest process and the funding for service delivery improvements. 

David Manicom
Assistant Deputy Minister
Settlement and Integration Sector


En tant que sous-ministre adjoint du Secteur de l’établissement et de l’intégration, Réfugiés et Citoyenneté, J’ai le plaisir d’annoncer un processus de déclaration d’intérêts relatif au Programme d’établissement.

Ce processus représentera une occasion pour les organisations (celles qui ont ou non un historique de financement avec le ministère) de proposer des concepts novateurs en vue d’améliorer la prestation des services d’établissement aux nouveaux arrivants et de proposer des projets ciblant les priorités émergentes. L’objectif est d’améliorer les modèles de prestation des services existants, de s’assurer que nos services répondre aux besoins des nouveaux arrivants et de tirer parti des contributions des partenaires supplémentaires.

Le ministère lancera un appel de déclaration d’intérêt à compter du 14 novembre 2017. Ce processus de réception comportera deux phases. D’abord, les demandeurs soumettront une lettre d’intérêt concise présentant leur concept. Si le concept cadre bien avec les critères d’amélioration des services, les demandeurs seront invités à présenter une proposition complète. Ce processus de déclaration d’intérêt à deux étapes, a comme objectif d’être moins onéreux pour les demandeurs, de faire un usage plus efficient des ressources ministérielles et, en bout de ligne, de satisfaire aux besoins du Secteur et des nouveaux arrivants de la meilleure façon possible. Si les processus s’avèrent fructueux, nous espérons, en consultation avec les partenaires sectoriels, d’en faire un outil régulier d’admission à la proposition.

Je vous encourage à surveiller la page Web sur le financement d’IRCC ( au cours de la prochaine semaine, car nous diffuserons de plus amples directives et renseignements portant à la fois sur le processus de déclaration d’intérêt et sur le financement d’amélioration de la prestation des services.

David Manicom
Sous-ministre adjoint 
Secteur de l’établissement et de l’intégration


Additional info excepted from

Settlement service delivery improvement funding (opens November 14, 2017)

Do you want to help us discover new and innovative ways to serve newcomers?

We are looking to fund projects that will help us improve our settlement services and help us better understand newcomer needs. We are also looking for projects that help us better understand how effective our current services are so that we can improve the integration experience for newcomers. Find out how to apply.

Settlement Program and Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP)

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) funds services that help newcomers settle and adapt to life in Canada. These services include language training, information and referrals, help finding employment that matches newcomers’ skills and education, and help integrating into Canadian society.

The Settlement Program assists immigrants and refugees to overcome barriers specific to the newcomer experience (such as a lack of official language skills and limited knowledge of Canada) so that they can participate in social, cultural, civic and economic life in Canada. The program focuses on four areas: information and orientation; language training and skills development; labour market access; and welcoming communities. Most services are designed and delivered by service provider organizations, but certain services (such as some information provision) are delivered directly by IRCC, and some services are delivered overseas.

The Refugee Resettlement Assistance Program provides immediate and essential support services and income support to assist in meeting refugees’ resettlement needs. Essential services are supported through contributions to service provider organizations. RAP services include, but are not limited to, reception services, assistance with accommodations, links to mandatory federal and provincial programs, life skills training, and orientation on financial and non-financial information.



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