PROVINCE ISSUES REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS TO HELP NEWCOMERS SUCCEED

News Release – Manitoba
March 22, 2018
PROVINCE ISSUES REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS TO HELP NEWCOMERS SUCCEED

The provincial government is seeking proposals from service providers to support the success of immigrants and refugees to Manitoba, Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart announced today.

“Newcomers arrive in Manitoba with diverse skills and experiences that contribute greatly to our communities and economy but some face barriers to success, particularly if they are not eligible for federal settlement services,” said Wishart. “This process will help ensure all newcomers, including youth and refugees, are better able to succeed, regardless of how they arrived in the province.”

The minister noted projects chosen through the request for proposals will be funded in part by approximately $3.5 million generated from new application fees for skilled workers under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, resulting in no additional costs to taxpayers. In May 2017, the Manitoba government introduced a $500 application fee for skilled workers nominated by the province, in addition to the $1,500 application fee already paid by business applicants.

The province will give priority to proposals that complement existing services and demonstrate needs-informed planning and a client-centred approach. Francophone and rural service providers are encouraged to apply. The minister noted the province will leverage resources from across government and look for opportunities to apply existing resources to ensure value for money and avoid duplication.

“Many provincial departments, education partners and not-for-profit agencies already provide a variety of services and resources that help all Manitobans,” said Wishart. “Newcomers and refugees can also benefit from this range of services to help them settle and build a new life here in Manitoba. We are pleased to support the important work community organizations are doing and look forward to receiving their proposals.”

The province is also developing an adult language training program for newcomers with an employment focus and is expecting to request proposals to deliver this training later this spring.

For more information or to download forms, visit http://www.immigratemanitoba.com.

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