Graduates of a special immigration integration programme in Canada have spoken about their achievements and how their experience will help them to find jobs.

The Canadian Immigration Integration Programme (CIIP) was introduced with the aim of helping newcomers in Canada achieve success.


A recent survey found that 72% of CIIP graduates who responded to the survey were employed within 12 months of arriving in Canada, 93% of the respondents achieved credential assessment within six months of applying, and 69% of the respondents found employment in their field in 2013.

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has announced additional investment in the CIIP of $1.9 million over the next six months, and highlighted the work that is underway with the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) to explore new ways of delivering overseas services. This funding will help more immigrants prepare for life in Canada.

The CIIP is managed by the ACCC, which was recognized last month for its success with the Institute of Public Administration of Canada/Deloitte 2013 Public Sector Leadership Award. The gold honour was presented in recognition of the association's work in developing and delivering the CIIP, which assists newcomers in 25 countries through offices located in the Philippines, China, India, and the United Kingdom.

Speaking to a group of graduates, Alexander pointed out that since 2010, the government has invested over $18 million in the CIIP and more than 25,000 people have gone through the CIIP while they are still in their home country.

‘Our government is building an immigration system that is focused on economic growth and ensuring that all Canadians, including newcomers, are able to contribute actively to Canadian society,’ said Alexander.

Programmes like the CIIP help immigrants on the path to a successful life in Canada by providing key information on foreign credential recognition, the Canadian labour market and settlement issues. I look forward to seeing CIIP graduates when they settle in their new lives in Canada,’ he added.

CIIP makes a significant contribution towards the success of newcomers, according to Denise Amyot, president and chief executive officer of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges and chairman of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics.

She explained that through the provision of pre-departure information and planning services it means that immigrants can prepare for their future before they arrive in Canada.

‘We're proud that CIIP has been recognized for its efforts and contributions to Canadian society and ACCC hopes to be able to deliver this valuable programme for years to come,’ she added.