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24 Newcomer Support Organizations to Receiving Provincial Funding

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Twenty-four newcomer service provider organizations are successful recipients of the Newcomer Community Connections Stream as part of the Newcomer Community Integration Support (NCIS) program. A total of $4 million from the Manitoba government is being provided to these organizations to support their projects and initiatives.

Journalist Zuher Almusre from U Multicultural Channel spoke with Labour and Immigration Minister Jon Reyes to get more details about this announcement.
“Attracting and retaining new immigrants has been identified as a key factor in Manitoba’s post-pandemic economic recovery,” said Reyes. “This funding supports our government’s vision of a skilled and talented Manitoba, a key component of which is to welcome newcomers and ensure they are able to participate fully in the community and contribute to a growing economy.”

The NCIS program offers financial support to initiatives that improve newcomers’ social and economic integration. For 2023, the program will provide $7.1 million in funding overall, including $3 million for Manitoba Start and $120 thousand for Recognition Counts. The Manitoba government announced in February that it was soliciting applications for the Newcomer Community Connections Stream.

The 24 winning projects will share the $4 million in funding, quadrupling the amount invested last year. The Manitoba government is also making a three-year commitment to 12 of the selected projects, assuring there will be no delays in providing services fundamental to newcomers’ integration and settlement in Manitoba.

The NCIS program is in response to recommendations made in the recently released Immigration Advisory Council report to address the changing requirements of immigrants in their settlement and integration in Manitoba.

– Zuher Almusre, U Multicultural

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