Written by Mark Piercey, Community Engagement and Content Specialist.
Have you received approval from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to immigrate to Canada?
A new service has been launched across Canada to give newcomers easier access to pre-arrival programs! Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), newcomers to Canada can view and register for pre-arrival programs on PreArrivalCanada.ca.
What if you have already registered for a pre-arrival program? You can still explore the available programs and register for programs that you are eligible for.
For example, you may be registered for a Settlement program but not an Employment program. In Canada, there are three categories for pre-arrival programs:
Employment Pre-Arrival Programs
General Employment programs can help you prepare to work in Canada. They can help you:
- search for and find employment
- write your Canadian-style resume
- learn about Canadian workplace culture
- find a mentor with experience
- prepare to get your credentials recognized
Settlement Pre-Arrival Programs
Settlement programs help you get information on how to move, live and adjust to your new life in Canada. The program will assess your needs and create a personalized plan to help you settle in Canada. They’ll connect you with organizations for services you can get after you arrive in Canada.
Industry-specific programs are similar to General Employment programs but require you to be trained, educated, or certified in a specific industry. Only apply to Industry-Specific programs if you meet their eligibility requirements. If unsure, you can register for a General Employment program and inquire if an industry-specific pre-arrival program is suitable.
What is the next step after receiving a letter for pre-arrival programs and services from IRCC? To register for pre-arrival programs, check your eligibility, choose the programs suitable for you and begin registration. To explore Canada’s pre-arrival programs, click here to check your eligibility.
Remember: Registering for pre-arrival services requires your time and commitment to be successful. We recommend registering for the programs that best suit your needs and availability. If you have the time for more services at a later date, you can request information on more programs after your registration.