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1 Serving Self-Sufficient Immigrants Marc Colbourne Manager, Immigrant Settlement March 15, 2014 Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour

2 Overview Alberta Settlement Outcomes Survey GoA Initiatives –Welcome to Alberta Web Portal –Learning English with CBC –Pre-Arrival Moving Forward

3 Alberta Settlement Outcomes Survey Goal: To provide an evidence-base to guide decisions about the scope and character of future settlement services in Alberta. Telephone survey conducted in Looked at: –Experiences with settlement services in the province –Information needs –Economic and social integration

4 Alberta Settlement Outcomes Survey 52.9% of newcomers to Alberta have not accessed settlement services. More than 45% said they had no need for help to settle in Alberta. –Obtained information online or from their employer. Government websites second only to family and friends as a source of information.

5 “Welcome to Alberta” Web Portal Orientation Information Pathways to Permanent Residence Video Tutorials Interactive Map

6 Learning English with CBC Online, Podcast model Connect anytime from anywhere In addition to language learning, program connects people to current events and increases understanding of Canadian culture.

7 Pre-Arrival Currently looking at increasing pre-arrival services to align with Survey results Reducing barriers to settlement while facilitating connections to employers and communities Seamless delivery with current settlement services

8 Moving Forward Continued evidence-base to guide directions Increased partnerships Flexibility

9 Thank You! Marc Colbourne Manager Immigrant Settlement Workforce Strategies Division Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour (780)


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