Released on June 21, 2010
Newcomers to Saskatchewan now have access to welcome centres across the province. These 11 hubs will provide newcomers with access to relevant information, community resources and government services.
"The Regional Newcomer Gateways are an expression of welcome to newcomers from across Canada and the world," Advanced Education, Employment and Labour and Minister responsible for Immigration Rob Norris said at the grand opening of the Tisdale Northeast Newcomer Services. "The Gateways are a first stop for newcomers and help to support them in settling into their new communities."
In the 2010-11 fiscal year the Regional Newcomer Gateway program has allocated $1.8 million to 11 gateways strategically located across the province. The centres, which are in partnership with local organizations, will co-ordinate the delivery of vital services to newcomers, such as language assessments and early settlement supports, and will identify local solutions to gaps in information and services in their region. The Regional Newcomer Gateways also provide flexible services so that newcomers are able to access services in the evening or on weekends.
"The Regional Newcomer Gateway program will help Tisdale and the communities in our service area to better welcome our new neighbours," Northeast Newcomer Services Manager Ruth Howe said. "We're excited about the growth we're seeing in the area and look forward to working with all our partners."
In 2009, 186 Saskatchewan communities welcomed more than 11,000 total net migrants internationally and inter-provincially.
Earlier this year, the Government of Saskatchewan launched a new immigration website that plays a significant role in both attracting newcomers from abroad and helping them to settle successfully in Saskatchewan.
For more information, please visit www.saskimmigrationcanada.ca.
For more information, contact:
Advanced Education, Employment and Labour