Released on March 6, 2020
The Ministry of Immigration and Career Training will invest nearly $300,000 over the coming year to support the Regina Open Door Society in connecting newcomers to services in and around Regina. This funding will assist up to 800 newcomers integrate into the community, overcome barriers and access supports, including language training, employment resources and guidance in navigating the immigration process.
“As the first point of contact for all newcomers, Regional Newcomer Gateways offer a supportive and welcoming transition to assist immigrants in their social, economic, and cultural integration into the province, and are key to achieving better outcomes for all Saskatchewan residents and communities,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said. “For over 20 years, we have been proud to partner with Regina Open Door Society in delivering essential settlement services to newcomers and we are pleased to continue this beneficial relationship.”
“Since the Regina Newcomer Welcome Centre opened its doors 10 years ago, the staff served approximately 52,000 newcomers (5,200 annually on average), of which 21,500 (2,150 annually) were new clients who immigrated to Saskatchewan from 111 source countries,” Regina Open Door Society Executive Director Darcy Dietrich said. “These services are made possible through the continued support of community partners like the Regina Public, Catholic, and Francophone school boards and funding from the Federal Government and the Province of Saskatchewan. We at the Regina Open Door Society and the Newcomer Welcome Centre are incredibly grateful to the province for helping us build a welcoming community enriched by the diversity of newcomers to Canada.”
Investments in Saskatchewan's Regional Newcomer Gateways allow welcome centres to offer free settlement support services for those arriving in the province, connecting newcomers with the information, resources and services they need to make their move to Saskatchewan a success.
The Government of Saskatchewan is proud to support Regional Newcomer Gateways across the province, investing more than $2.5 million in 2020 to support settlement services and improve the lives of new residents.
More information and resources for newcomers can be found at www.saskatchewan.ca/immigration.
For more information, contact:
Immigration and Career Training