Canada: Immigration funding for Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

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Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), the nation's federal immigration department, has announced funding for the city of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Moose Jaw is located in the south-central area of the province and is best known as a retirement and tourist city.

The new funding of CAD $390,434 for the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council will provide settlement services such as language and employment programs for immigrants living in Moose Jaw.

"Canada is committed to helping newcomers succeed," said Canadian Immigration Minister Diane Finley. ""This funding for the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council helps ensure that newcomers continue to get the services and opportunities to successfully settle into this community."

The federal funding will cover language and employment services through March 2009.

"The Moose Jaw Multicultural Council appreciates the past and present support of Citizenship and Immigration Canada," said Tara Blanchard, Executive Director of the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council. "Now, more than ever, settlement, language and employment services are crucial to the successful integration of newcomers to Canada."

CIC stated in a release that they fund many programs across Canada to help immigrants settle into the community.

"These programs are delivered in partnership with provinces, territories and service-providing organizations," CIC said.

Canada's federal skilled worker program is an important part of the nation's immigration strategy. The program uses a points based system to assess applicants.

In the near future, applicants who possess skills in certain areas will have their applications fast-tracked by Canadian immigration authorities. will report on these very important changes to Canadian immigration policy as soon as they are released.