A number of changes in ourorganizational structure have resulted in the wake of the implementation of DRAP and SORE. These changes have affected the number of regional staff The organizational structure of the Region has changedWhileDepartmentalrepresentatives have been deeplyaffected by the changes, wecansee how theywillresult in some positive changes for the sector: betterconsistency and coordination aligned inter-office approachesstreamlinedprocessesOntario continues to receive over $300 million for the implementation of the Settlement Program. This allows us to continue the offer of highlyvaluable programs for newcomers.
Our continuingrelationshipwith MCI isvery positive. It allows us to worktogether on projectssuch as theLIPs and we continue to support them by respecting the unique community basis of the Local Immigration Partnerships. Orientation to Ontario / L’Ontario, c’est chez moi is a joint federal / provincial initiative designed to ease the transition of newcomers by providingaccess to standardized information about settling in Ontario and connectingnewcomers to community services shortlyafterarrival. The materialisavailable in workshop, online and print formats.Currently, CIC and MCI are piloting the workshops with 10 immigrant servingagenciesacross the province for the remainder of this fiscal year. A formalevaluationwillbeconducted and will help informnextsteps for the program.CLARS (CoordinatedLanguageAssessment and Referral System) The pilot of the CLARS concept is being expanded across the RegionThe pilot is currently available in 3 communities (London, Kitchener-Waterloo and Kingston-Belleville)This Fall, the pilot will be expanded to 8 other communities By the end of FY 2013-14, we expect the pilot to be available across the province of Ontario Ontario is working on issuing LINC certificates that will validate the CLB 4 level of students required for citizenship. The HART database will be used to print the certificates.
The former SIGAM has been transformedintoIntegration, composed of Settlement, Resettlement and Multiculturalism. Funding in Ontario will reflect the 90/10 ratio for direct / indirect services with more funding for direct servicesOntario currently manages 344 SettlementCAswith 241 SPOs. Ontario has 7 CAswith 7 SPOs for Resettlement Programs. Wecurrently have 15 CAs for Multiculturalism Programs. As Bruce emphasized, the Departmentismovingtowards an allocation of funding for as many direct services as possible. Wewillbeimplementingthis, takingintoconderation, of course, the supports necessary to offer excellent services to clients. The 90/10 funding formula willbebeneficial to clients. Resettlement – Ontario supports Canada’shumanitarian mission as a leader in the resettlement of refugees. In 2011, Ontario welcomed 17, 259 refugees, whichrepresents 17% of the 99, 458 permanent residentsreceived by Ontario in the sameyear.
Workingwith the sector: myrole in our new world is not onlythat of a liaison with the audience by participating in eventssuch as the OCASI ED Forum and OCASI Board meetings. It isalso to ensurethat national, strategic and operational directions are fullyimplemented in Ontario. I willbeparticipating a large number of meetings, includingthose of MIC (Municipal Immigration Committee) and SIJPPC (Settlement and Integration Joint Policy and Program Committee), as well as in internalregional and national meetings in order to remainabreast of policites and procedures to beimplemented. All of thisworkwillbedonewith the objective of ensuringthatwe have a vision for service delivery in Ontario. (Tout ce travail sera fait dans le but d’appuyer notre vision pour la livraison des services en Ontario).
The recruitmentevent of Destination Canada takes place everyyear in Paris and Brussels. (L’évènement de recrutement Desetination Canada se déroule chaque année à Paris et Bruxelles). This is a job fairwhereemployers interview potential immigrants to Canada. Job postings are made available on the website of Destination Canada in advance of the event in November. Ontario Region has developed a pilot project – a continuum of services for francophone immigrants in Sudbury recruitedat Destination Canada. A number of weldersfromTunisiaarrived in Sudbury in winter 2012 and weredirectedimmediately to language programs, information, orientation and othersettlement services provided in the city of Sudbury. Our goal has been to connect the immigrants with the francophone community, sothattheycanintegratequicklyintotheir new city and country. We continue to support Destination Canada in order to engage employerswhowillbehiring francophone immigrants. (Nous continuons à appuyer Destination Canada afin d’engager les employeurs qui vont recruter des immigrants.) Wewillalso continue to support the francophone networks in Ontario in order to ensurethat the priorities for the francophone communities are implemented in all geographical areas of the Region. (Nous continuerons à appuyer les réseaux francophones en Ontario afin d’assurer la réalisastion des priorités pour les communautés francophones).The role of the networks is to develop action plans and facilitate the acess to services in French through collaboration with all sectorsinvolved in the settlement of francophone immigrants.
Modernization has an impact on Ontario Region in terms of our management of risk, ourincreasedworkload and ourreducedworkforce. We are committed to simplifying and streamliningour administrative processes in order to adhere to expectedtimelines. Submissions of claims are expected to be on a quarterly basis in the near future. The streamlining of approvalswillreduce the turnaround time for processingCAs. Weremaincommitted to have CAsready for April 1, 2013.
Ontario RegionsupportedNHQ in issuing a CFP in Q2 by identifying regional priorities through a Settlement Survey, the LIPS working group and the francophone sub-committee. A regional working group created the critical path for the CFP. Officers provided support to NHQ by assessing proposals for eligibility. Ontario Region will organize proposals received in response to the CFP and distribute them to local offices. Proposals will be assessed in the context of their geographical area, using the expertise of these local offices. Decision-making on funding will be local / regional.
Je vous remercie pour votre collaboration. J’attends avec impatience une autre année merveilleuse!
Tues oct 23 pm cic nhq ops presentation en veronica barnes
OPERATIONAL IMPLICATIONS FOR ONTARIO REGIONVeronica Barnes, Director, Operations,Integration, Ontario Region
Presentation Outline1. Operational Context2. Collaboration with the Province3. Working with the Sector4. Implementation of Modernization5. Regional Implementation of the CFP6. The Way Forward 2
Ontario’s New Reality• Impact of DRAP and SORE• Reduction in number of officers, increased workloads• Changes in reporting structure• How will this affect you? 3
Relationship between CIC and the Province of Ontario• Excellent working relationships with the Province of Ontario• Continued partnership on ‘COIA legacy projects’ CLARS and O2O projects to be fully implemented in 2013 4
Our New Reality• Adoption of the 2011 vision: streamlined reporting requirements supporting program outcomes increased efficiency between programs• Integration = Settlement, Resettlement and Multiculturalism• Number of Contribution Agreements managed in Ontario Region 5
Impact of our New Reality on SPOs• Integration, Ontario Region, will continue to maintain partnerships with the sector in the province• Integration, Ontario Region, will maintain a key role in developing partnerships with the City, the Provincial and Municipal levels 6
A Continuum of Settlement Services for francophone immigrants• Destination Canada – recruitment of francophone immigrants overseas• Ontario’s continuum of services for immigrants hired at Destination Canada• Francophone networks 7
Modernization in Ontario Region• Anticipated simplification of claims submission• Reduced number of monitors for lower-risk Agreements• Approvals process to be streamlined to reduce administrative burden and improve turn-around time 8
Ontario’s Role in the National CFP• Ontario has received 60% of all funding proposals• The first two service standards have been met• Local expertise will be used to assess proposals in the context of their geographical area• Mapping will be used in the approach to assessments 9
The Way Forward• Thank you for your continued collaboration• Looking forward to another wonderful year! 10