New immigrants can now access two new videos to help them navigate their way before and during their first weeks in Canada.
“By providing newcomers with practical advice and information before and as soon as they arrive, we can help them integrate more quickly into the Canadian economy and their new local community,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.
“These videos complement the new Welcome to Canada guide and provide newcomers with a practical checklist of things to do as they prepare to come to Canada and as they settle.”
Before Arriving in Canada recommends that newcomers bring all their personal identification documents with them and have all their official documents translated into English or French before coming to Canada, among many other recommendations.
Your First Two Weeks in Canada explains to newcomers the importance of obtaining a Social Insurance Number, contacting a local settlement organization and finding employment.
The 10-minute videos are part of a series of tools designed by Canada to help immigrants get the best possible start in their new country. These tools include the new Welcome to Canada guide and the web-based tool Living in Canada, which were unveiled recently.
Welcome to Canada contains hundreds of mailing addresses, telephone numbers and web links. This reference guide is intended to help newcomers settle in Canada.
Living in Canada is an on-line application that provides users with a personalized settlement plan and identifies the closest service providers.
Once newcomers are settled in Canada, the publication Discover Canada, serves as an official study guide to prepare for the Canadian citizenship test. Discover Canada provides details on the history of Canada.
“To help newcomers integrate, we have tripled settlement funding since 2005-2006. Canada remains committed to ensuring the distribution of settlement funding is fair and that immigrants receive the same level of service regardless of where they choose to settle,” said Kenney.
• To view Before Arriving in Canada and Your First Two Weeks in Canada, visit www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/multimedia/video/settlement/twoweeks.asp.Posted: Jul 3, 2013