Stay informed: Canada’s response to the situation in Afghanistan

Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB)

The IRB is taking measures to expedite all Afghan files. This includes reviewing refugee claims to see if they can be accepted on paper or referred to a short hearing.

See more details on IRB Afghan measures.

Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR)

CCR has developed some documents to provide summary updates on the Afghan crisis and provide recommendations to government and community stakeholders.

See more detail on Afghan crisis information update – September 29, 2021


Disclaimer

MANSO is sharing these resources for information purposes only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy but are making every effort to only provide information produced by trusted sources. We also do not promote or endorse any additional services offered on a third-party website. The situation is very fluid and information can change rapidly. Please refer to the government website for the most up-to-date information.

Kichi-Asotamatowin: Land & Treaties Curriculum

MANSO and Immigration Partnership Winnipeg are pleased to announce the launch of the Kichi-Asotamatowin*: Land & Treaties Curriculum for English as an Additional adult language program.  The curriculum is for use in LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) programs as well as more informal contexts like conversation classes and one-on-one tutoring.

The curriculum was developed in partnership with Immigration Partnership Winnipeg, the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba, University of Manitoba, Community Engaged Learning, and KAIROS Canada Inc.

Kichi-Asotamatowin: Land & Treaties Curriculum

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action #93, Immigration Partnership Winnipeg and its partners are developing a larger project, called the Indigenous Orientation Toolkit (IOTK).  The English as an Additional Language curriculum is one part of that project and its goal is to provide newcomers with information on Indigenous history and culture, customs and beliefs, and contemporary issues faced by Indigenous peoples.

The curriculum is intended to assist teachers in introducing newcomers to the foundational history
of Indigenous nations and their historical and contemporary contributions to the development of Canada. The exploration is centred on First Nations’ and Metis peoples’ perspectives on land and Treaties. When combined with leadership, teaching, and self exploration, the activities are intended to support personal growth and solidarity, and help newcomers contribute to community reconciliation efforts. Although the curriculum was designed with a Manitoba-specific focus, we hope that it may also prove to be a useful resource for language programs in regions across Turtle Island.

Upcoming EAL Modules that are in development:

  • Assimilation: Bimikawesiwan (Anishinaabe) ‘no footprints’
    Worldviews & Spirituality: Wiinjiindaamin (Anishinaabe) ‘to follow the way of life’
    Indigenous Resilience and Resurgence: Zoonigiziyaan (Anishinaabe) ‘I am strong’
    Family: ‘Famili’ (Michif)

‘sacred promises to one another, sacred undertaking’ (there is no direct translation for the English word ‘Treaty’ in Cree)

If you have questions or comments about the language aspect of the curriculum, please feel free to contact Teresa Burke, Director of Language Support (MANSO) at t.burke@mansomanitoba.ca.

If you have questions or comments about the content of the curriculum, please feel free to contact Jamie Banias, or Adrianne Breyfogle, the Indigenous Engagement Coordinators at Immigration Partnership Winnipeg at jbanias@spcw.mb.ca or abreyfogle@spcw.mb.ca

New College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants to open this fall

August 10, 2021—Ottawa—Canada is one of the top destinations in the world, with millions of people from across the globe hoping to come here every year to settle, visit or work. To navigate the immigration system, many people turn to consultants or other services for help. While nearly all operate honestly, unscrupulous actors can exploit the system and take advantage of people. That’s why the Government of Canada is taking meaningful action to root out immigration fraud and protect those who wish to come here.

Today, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants will officially open on November 23, 2021. The College will become the official regulator of immigration and citizenship consultants across the country, improving oversight and cracking down on criminals. It will be an arm’s-length institution, regulating the profession by protecting both the public and consultants in good standing from those who take advantage of vulnerable people.

The College will regulate immigration and citizenship consultants under a statutory framework put in place by the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants Act. It will have significant new powers and tools to investigate professional misconduct and to discipline its licensees. It will also be subject to appropriate government oversight.

The creation of the College is a key part of the government’s efforts to fight fraud in our immigration system. It builds on our significant action over the past few years, including an investment of $50 million to fight fraud and new educational tools to help applicants identify fraudulent activity. It also fulfills a mandate commitment to strengthen oversight, uphold the integrity of Canada’s immigration system and protect all those who wish to come here.

Le 10 août 2021 — Ottawa — Le Canada compte parmi les destinations les plus courues du globe, et des millions de personnes de partout dans le monde s’y rendent chaque année comme touristes, comme travailleurs, ou pour s’y établir. Bien des gens se tournent vers des consultants ou d’autres fournisseurs de services pour les aider à naviguer à travers les écueils du système d’immigration. Bien que la plupart d’entre eux exercent leurs activités honnêtement, des intervenants peu scrupuleux peuvent exploiter le système et profiter de leurs clients. Voilà pourquoi le gouvernement du Canada prend des mesures concrètes pour combattre la fraude et protéger les personnes qui désirent s’établir au pays.

Aujourd’hui, l’honorable Marco E.L. Mendicino, ministre de l’Immigration, des Réfugiés et de la Citoyenneté, a annoncé que le Collège des consultants en immigration et en citoyenneté ouvrira ses portes officiellement le 23 novembre 2021. En devenant l’organisme de réglementation officiel des consultants en immigration et en citoyenneté à l’échelle du pays, le Collège améliorera la surveillance et punira les criminels. Cette entité sans lien de dépendance aura pour mandat de réglementer la profession en protégeant le grand public et les consultants en règle des intervenants qui profitent des personnes vulnérables.

Les activités de réglementation des consultants en immigration et en citoyenneté du Collège s’inscriront dans le cadre législatif créé par la Loi sur le Collège des consultants en immigration et en citoyenneté. L’organisme sera doté d’outils et de pouvoirs importants lui permettant d’enquêter sur l’inconduite professionnelle et de prendre des mesures disciplinaires à l’égard des titulaires de permis. Il fera également l’objet d’une surveillance appropriée de la part du gouvernement.

La création du Collège fait partie intégrante des efforts déployés par le gouvernement pour lutter contre la fraude dans notre système d’immigration. Elle fait fond sur d’importantes mesures prises au cours des dernières années, notamment l’investissement de 50 millions de dollars dans la lutte contre la fraude et l’élaboration de nouveaux outils éducatifs pour aider les demandeurs à reconnaître les activités frauduleuses. En outre, la création du Collège permet de réaliser les éléments du mandat consistant à renforcer la surveillance, à protéger l’intégrité du système d’immigration du pays et à protéger toutes les personnes qui désirent venir au Canada.

Government of Canada invests $100 million in Service Improvement Delivery (SDI) process to support newcomers’ integration

August 12, 2021—Ottawa—Settlement services are crucial to a newcomer’s success in Canada. They help new Canadians get work, learn English or French, find a place to live and, more broadly, succeed in this country. With the pandemic exacerbating the already challenging process of beginning a new life in a new land, settlement services have never been more critical.

To help ensure that all newcomers have access to the support they need, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced an investment of $100 million over the next 3 years to improve the way newcomers access settlement services through the service delivery improvements (SDI) process.

More information.

Le 12 août 2021 – Ottawa – Les services d’établissement sont essentiels à la réussite d’un nouvel arrivant au Canada. Ils aident les nouveaux Canadiens à trouver un emploi, à apprendre le français ou l’anglais, à trouver un logement et, plus généralement, à réussir dans ce pays. Dans le contexte de la pandémie qui complique le processus déjà difficile de commencer une nouvelle vie dans un nouveau pays, les services d’établissement n’ont jamais été aussi essentiels.

Pour faire en sorte que tous les nouveaux arrivants aient accès au soutien dont ils ont besoin, l’honorable Marco E. L. Mendicino, ministre de l’Immigration, des Réfugiés et de la Citoyenneté, a annoncé aujourd’hui un investissement de 100 millions de dollars pour les 3 prochaines années afin d’améliorer la façon dont les nouveaux arrivants accèdent aux services d’établissement par l’entremise du processus d’amélioration de la prestation des services (APS).

Plus d’infos ici.

IRCC’s first Settlement Outcomes Highlights Report provides insight on the path to success for newcomers in Canada

July 14, 2021—Ottawa—A new report, the first of its kind, finds that new Canadians give high marks to the settlement services offered to them, and see these services as crucial in setting newcomers up for success in Canada. From improving their English or French, to assisting in finding work, to helping them connect with their communities, immigrants reported that settlement services are vital to their Canadian experience.

Issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) the report, entitled Settlement Outcomes Highlights Report, is a high-level analysis and summary of the immigrant experience in Canada. It examines the successes and challenges of newcomers from 2015 to 2019, with an emphasis on their use of settlement services.

The majority of newcomers who received settlement services reported they were useful and met their needs. Newcomers said that these services enriched their knowledge of life in Canada, improved their language skills in English or French, prepared them for the Canadian labour market and helped them connect with organizations in their communities.

The report also draws attention to areas where IRCC can improve. These include increasing awareness of settlement services and uptake by newcomers, filling gaps in information and further examining potential barriers. Another key finding of the report is that the settlement journey is different for many newcomers. Digging into settlement outcomes is a key part of IRCC’s efforts to improve services to meet the individual needs of newcomers.

Find out more and read the full report here.

Le 14 juillet 2021 – Ottawa – Un nouveau rapport, le premier du genre, constate que les nouveaux Canadiens sont très satisfaits des services d’établissement qui leur sont offerts et considèrent que de tels services sont essentiels à la réussite des nouveaux arrivants au Canada. Qu’il s’agisse d’améliorer leur maîtrise du français ou de l’anglais, ou encore de les aider à trouver du travail ou à établir des liens avec leur collectivité, les immigrants ont déclaré que les services d’établissement sont essentiels à leur expérience au Canada.

Publié par Immigration, Réfugiés et Citoyenneté Canada (IRCC), le rapport, intitulé « Résultats en matière d’établissement – Rapport sur les faits saillants » est une analyse de haut niveau et un résumé de l’expérience des immigrants au Canada. Il examine les réussites et les difficultés vécues par les nouveaux arrivants de 2015 à 2019 et met l’accent sur utilisation qu’ils font des services d’établissement.

La plupart des nouveaux arrivants qui ont reçu des services d’établissement ont déclaré que ces services étaient utiles et qu’ils répondaient à leurs besoins. Les nouveaux arrivants ont affirmé que ces services enrichissaient leur connaissance de la vie au Canada, amélioraient leurs compétences linguistiques en français ou en anglais, les préparaient pour le marché du travail canadien et les aidaient à établir des liens avec des organismes de leur collectivité.

Le rapport souligne également les possibilités d’amélioration d’IRCC, notamment accroître la sensibilisation aux services d’établissement, augmenter la participation des nouveaux arrivants, combler les lacunes en matière de renseignements et examiner plus à fond les obstacles éventuels qui pourraient survenir. Une autre constatation clé du rapport est que les nouveaux arrivants n’ont pas tous le même parcours d’établissement et que l’analyse des résultats en matière d’établissement est un élément clé des efforts d’IRCC pour améliorer ses services et ainsi répondre aux besoins précis des nouveaux arrivants.

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March 25, 2021 – Royal Society of Canada Brief on COVID-19 and Immigration released

Overview of Supporting Canada’s COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery Through Robust Immigration Policy and Programs

Canada has been seen globally as a leader in immigration and integration policies and programs, and as an attractive and welcoming country for immigrants, refugees, temporary foreign workers, and international students. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed some of the strengths of Canada’s immigration system, as well as some of the fault lines that have been developing and have deepened over the last few years. In this briefing, we provide an overview of Canada’s immigration system prior to the pandemic, and the policies and programs in place to support immigrant selection, settlement, and integration. We then discuss the system’s vulnerabilities as revealed by the pandemic, and explore a post-COVID-19 immigration vision.

Full Report

Executive Summary

Authors of the Report

Victoria Esses, Co-Chair of the Pathways to Prosperity Partnership; Professor of Psychology and Director of the Network for Economic and Social Trends, University of Western Ontario

Jean McRae, Co-Chair of the Pathways to Prosperity Partnership; Chief Executive Officer of the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria and Treasurer of the Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance – Alliance canadienne du secteur de l’établissement des immigrants (CISSA-ACSEI)

Naomi Alboim, Distinguished Fellow, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University and Senior Policy Fellow, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration, Ryerson University

Natalya Brown, Associate Professor in the School of Business and the Department of Political Science, Philosophy and Economics at Nipissing University; Vice Chair of the Pathways to Prosperity Standing Committee on Immigration to Northern, Rural and Remote Communities

Chris Friesen, Director, Settlement Services, ISSofBC and Chair, Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance – Alliance canadienne du secteur de l’établissement des immigrants (CISSA-ACSEI)

Leah Hamilton, Professor, Bissett School of Business, Mount Royal University; Member of the Advisory Council of the Pathways to Prosperity Partnership

Aurélie Lacassagne, Associate Professor in Political Science at Laurentian University; Member of the Governance Committee and Advisory Council of the Pathways to Prosperity Partnership

Audrey Macklin, Director of the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, Professor of Law and Rebecca Cook, Chair in Human Rights at University of Toronto

Margaret Walton-Roberts, Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University and Balsillie School of International Affairs

Canadian Diversity Vol 17: COVID-19 – IMMIGRATION IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC: CONFRONTING THE CHALLENGE

This issue has been supported by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

In this issue, you can find MANSO Regional Coordinator, Don Boddy, and his article “TRACKING NEWCOMER STORIES IN THE DAYS OF THE PANDEMIC IN MANITOBA” on page 69-71. Below is a short excerpt from the article that Don wrote:

In my role as Regional Coordinator with MANSO (Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations), I supportorganizations that provide settlement services to newcomers in Manitoba. These organizations assist with settlement services (housing, community connections, important documents, employment, etc.), provide official language training, support refugees in their resettlement, and guide their cities, towns and villages towards being welcoming and inclusive. Because I do not work directly with clients, I watch from a distance and I have the sacred honour of being a listener and collector of stories.

Don Boddy, MANSO Regional Coordinator

The issue is free and available to download online now, in ENGLISH and en FRANCAIS.

IRCC to launch expression of interest process for service delivery improvements projects

October 7, 2020—Ottawa—As part of its commitment to deliver high quality settlement services to newcomers, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is launching an expression of interest process for service delivery improvements (SDI) funding on October 15, 2020.

Since 2017, SDI projects have centred on developing innovative approaches to better support the settlement and integration of newcomers.

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Le 7 octobre 2020 – Ottawa – Dans le cadre de son engagement à offrir des services d’établissement de haute qualité aux nouveaux arrivants, Immigration, Réfugiés et Citoyenneté Canada (IRCC) lancera un processus de déclaration d’intérêt concernant le financement consacré à l’amélioration de la prestation de services (APS) le 15 octobre 2020.

Depuis 2017, les projets d’APS se sont concentrés sur l’élaboration d’approches novatrices pour mieux soutenir l’établissement et l’intégration des nouveaux arrivants.dans la société canadienne.

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Celebrate #InternationalDayofFriendship with MANSO Friends membership!

The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures, and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. It is observed on July 30 each year.

So on this day, we want to acknowledge our beloved MANSO Friends, those are organizations that support our mission and vision of fostering a welcomes, supports and engages newcomers Manitoba. Thank you for being part of our network of the settlement and integration sector in Manitoba, and for your continuous support of our work.

La Journée internationale de l’amitié a été proclamée en 2011 par l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies avec l’idée que l’amitié entre les peuples, les pays, les cultures et les individus peut inspirer les efforts de paix et jeter des ponts entre les communautés. Il est observé le 30 juillet de chaque année.

Donc, en ce jour, nous voulons rendre hommage à nos amis MANSO bien-aimés, ce sont des organisations qui soutiennent notre mission et notre vision de favoriser un accueil, un soutien et l’engagement des nouveaux arrivants au Manitoba. Merci de faire partie de notre réseau du secteur de l’établissement et de l’intégration au Manitoba et de votre soutien continu à notre travail.

List of current Friends of MANSO 2020-2021 (as of August 2020)

If you are interested in applying for either Full or Friends membership, please contact us for a membership application.

Federal Court of Canada confirming that sending refugee claimants back to the U.S. violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

On July 22, 2020, the Federal Court of Canada has made a decision confirming that sending refugee claimants back to the US under the Safe Third Country Agreement violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The case was brought forward by the Canadian Council for Refugees, Amnesty International, the Canadian Council of Churches and a number of individual litigants who argued that by returning ineligible refugee claimants to the U.S., Canada exposes them to risks — including detention and eventual deportation to countries where they could face harm.

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Le 22 juillet 2020, la Cour fédérale du Canada a rendu une décision confirmant que le renvoi de demandeurs d’asile aux États-Unis en vertu de l’Entente entre le Canada et les États‑Unis sur les tiers pays sûrs viole la Charte canadienne des droits et libertés.

L’affaire a été présentée par le Conseil canadien pour les réfugiés, Amnistie internationale, le Conseil canadien des églises et un certain nombre de justiciables individuels qui ont fait valoir qu’en renvoyant des demandeurs d’asile inadmissibles aux États-Unis, le Canada les expose à des risques – y compris la détention et l’expulsion éventuelle vers pays où ils pourraient subir des dommages.

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