The opportunity to migrate and make a living in Canada has only grown larger. Alongside recent campaigns and changes to the immigration system, Canadian Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney has recently announced allocations of federal funding for settlement services in all provinces and territories out of Quebec. The funding is fairly distributed based off a formula measuring a province/territory’s annual flow immigrants. "We believe it is only fair that settlement allocations across Canada should be based on the share of newcomers that provinces and territories have," noted Minister Kenney. "As a result, most provinces and territories will receive an increase in settlement funding."
The priority for these new allocations setting to take place through the 2012-13 fiscal years is to provide a focus on delivering directly to immigrants trying to settle into their new residences. The money will go straight to the immigrants and away from supporting organizational expenses on administration and travel.
Another reason for this is in the wake of a recent finding that more people are immigrating to Western and Atlantic Canada. Ontario’s influx of immigrant, for example, had 64% of new immigrants coming to the country in 2005. In 2010, the percentage has decreased to 52%. "The Government of Canada wants newcomers to integrate into Canada. That is why we have tripled settlement funding since 2005-06," said Minister Kenney. "We are 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." In the wake of this announcement, the projected amount for all territories outside Quebec is projected to be $576.8 million dollars, much higher than the sum of $184.7 from 2005. When breaking down the figures it comes out to $2,816 per immigrant, up from the $946 average in 2005. Minister Kenney has already been named by his peers in Parliament the hardest-working member this year and since taking the position in 2008, it only seems to be getting busier.
Much of this money will go directly to the comfort of new Canadians. New services will be funded to assist with facets such as language training, job training, and most importantly housing. The Federal government has stated that these measures are being conducted in order to not only keep the government up to speed with migration trends in the country but also to continue attracting potential Canadians to get north of the border.