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City of Regina Launches Immigration Website Portal

February 10, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alison Hermansen
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Regina officially launched the Welcome to Regina website, which was designed specifically for immigrants, to provide them with the information they need to succeed in Regina.

"The increasing immigrant population greatly assists in growing our city and province," said Mayor Michael Fougere. "It is important to the vibrancy of our city to retain the increasing immigrant population over the long term. Recent immigrants have unique needs and require specific information. This website is one mechanism to achieve this goal."

The Province has provided the City with funds for a number of initiatives to assist with settlement and integration, which includes funds for an immigration portal. The Municipal Online Information for Immigrants Grant program was funded through the Immigration Portal Agreement between Canada and Saskatchewan, administered by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC); the City of Regina received $30,000 in total.

"Working together and coordinating our efforts is critical to the successful integration and retention of immigrants in our communities," said Saskatchewan Minister responsible for Immigration, Jobs, Skills and Training Jeremy Harrison. "This portal will provide newcomers with information that will help them integrate into their new home city of Regina."

The website was developed in partnership with stakeholders based on consultations with immigrants, immigrant-serving organizations and partners.

"We are committed to meeting the needs of newcomers by offering programs and services that enable them to achieve in our city," said Gratta Nimbeshano, Manager, Newcomer Welcome Centre. "The website provides a wonderful tool to help us assist new residents."

The website focuses on ease of navigation and provides first-point-of-contact that allows immigrants to find information and sources they need to settle in Regina.