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Multiple Newcomer Support Organizations To Receive $4 Million in Provincial Funding

Twenty-Four newcomer service provider organizations selected through the Newcomer Community Integration Support (NCIS) program – Newcomer Community Connections Stream will receive $4 million in funding from the Manitoba Government. 

The NCIS program was created to provide financial support to projects that aid in the economic and social integration of newcomers to Manitoba—applications for this year’s funding ended on February 27, 2023. The $4 million doubles last year’s investment. The funding is in response to recommendations made in the recent Immigration Advisory Council report to address the developing needs of newcomers in their settlement and integration journey.

Shereen Denetto, Executive Director of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM), one of the successful recipients of the Newcomer Community Connections Stream, said, “This is amazing news for all of the organizations who help newcomers settle and integrate well. At IRCOM, our families are new to Canada and excited to engage, learn and contribute. With this funding, our families will receive tailored employability workshops, English for Specific Purposes, computer literacy training and work placements to help them succeed in their new home and contribute to our economy and society.”

Other successful recipients include:

  • Bilal Community and Family Centre (BCFC);
  • Canadian Muslim Women’s Institute (CMWI);
  • Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (CDEM);
  • Family Dynamics;
  • Fédération des parents de la francophonie manitobaine;
  • Immigrant Centre Manitoba Inc.;
  • Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc. (Welcome Place);
  • Mosaic Newcomer Family Resource Network;
  • New Journey Housing;
  • Newcomers Employment & Education Development Services (N.E.E.D.S.) Inc.;
  • North West Regional Immigrant Services Inc.;
  • North West Regional Immigrant Services Inc. (Thompson pilot);
  • Portage Learning and Literacy Centre Inc.;
  • Regional Connections Immigrant Services;
  • Société de la francophonie manitobaine;
  • Steinbach Chamber of Commerce (Eastman Immigrant Services);
  • Supporting Employment and Economic Development (SEED) Winnipeg Inc.;
  • Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Manitoba Provincial Council, Inc.;
  • Waverley EAL Consulting Inc.;
  • West Central Women’s Resource Centre;
  • Westman Immigrant Services;
  • Winnipeg Chinese Senior Association; and
  • Young Men’s and Women’s Christian Association of Winnipeg (YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg).

In addition to the $4 million in funding, the Manitoba government is making a three-year funding commitment to 12 projects to ensure no interruptions to the delivery of programs essential to the settlement and integration of newcomers to Manitoba. 

– Ryan Funk, U Multicultural

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