Over the next 25 years, the Government of Alberta projects that Alberta’s population will grow by two million people. Most of that growth is projected to be driven by international migration (54%) and interprovincial migration (14%). To help communities prepare for that growth, AUMA’s Welcoming and Inclusive Communities initiative is seeking applications from municipalities to participate in a Community Readiness for Newcomer Integration project.
Successful applicants will be partnered with a consultant to evaluate the readiness of their community or region to support the successful settlement and integration of immigrant newcomers. The goals of the project are to:
- Assess strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in local and regional services that are beneficial to supporting the settlement and integration of immigrant newcomers,
- Help municipalities assess the challenges and barriers that immigrants may experience when settling in their community,
- Educate municipal leaders about the Canadian immigration process, settlement of newcomers, and how their community can assist in this process, and
- Support each municipality to develop an action plan to overcome the identified barriers.
Municipal governments in Alberta with populations of less than 500,000 are eligible to apply. There is no cost to the municipality other than the time invested in supporting the project. For more information, review the program guidelines and apply using the designated form by June 11, 2021.
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