CAPIC CEO Dory Jade attended a ceremony in which the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and the Honourable Laura Albanese, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration signed the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement (COIA).
The 5-year agreement outlines the respective responsibilities of Canada and Ontario vis-à-vis immigration, including priorities in selection policy, program integrity, attracting French-speaking immigrants, and settlement. It aims to boost the economy, settle new immigrants, and maintain a unified humanitarian vision.
Below are some specifics:
- A planned increase in Francophone speakers in Ontario by 5%.
- An increase in OINP applicants.
- $91 million in bridge training programs over the next three years to assist newcomers to Ontario (up to $21 million from the federal government and $70 million from Ontario).
- $27 million for credential recognition in source countries.
Such agreements signal the ongoing commitment, on the parts of federal and provincial government, to ensure that the necessary framework is in place to complement rising immigration levels over the next few years.