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New Language Training Program

Canadian Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism minister, Jason Kenney, has revealed that Citizenship and Immigration Canada is investing $9.5 million in a new language training programme for foreigners moving to Canada.

The training programme, according to Kenney, is to focus on newcomers to Calgary and is intended to help them settle and integrate in Canada:
"Access to language training services is, for many newcomers, a first step in establishing networks and contacts so they are engaged and feel welcomed in their communities," said Minister Kenney. "I would like to recognize the organizations that provide crucial support to those who choose Canada as their new home, helping to ease the stress of moving to a new country."

About 13, 000 Canadian immigrants are set to benefit from the program, which will provide funding for several organizations that help people establish themselves in their new communities.

The Calgary Immigrant Educational Society received a portion of the funding to offer 84 language instruction classes to newcomers. Other organizations receiving funding are the Agape Language Centre Society, Bow Valley College, the Calgary Board of Education, the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association, Columbia Training Centre, Immigrant Services Calgary, Language Plus Inc. and the YMCA and YWCA of Calgary. It is expected that more than 13,000 newcomers will benefit from this investment.

CIC funds a number of programs that help newcomers settle, adapt and integrate into Canadian society. These programs are delivered in partnership with provinces, territories and service-providing organizations. Since 2006, the Government of Canada has substantially increased funding to support settlement programs and services; an additional $1.4 billion is being invested over a five-year period in all provinces and territories outside Quebec.

*Source: "Minister Kenney announces federal funding to help newcomers settle in Calgary" 10 July 2009

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