Subject: Important update from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

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December 10, 2015

What's New Staff eBulletin provides timely information on important decisions and developments within ISSofBC.

From the CEO

We received news yesterday that funding decisions on proposals which many ISSofBC staff worked on so diligently over the summer for submission to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have been put on hold as the government focuses its attention on the Syrian refugee resettlement initiative.

In a message to service providers that applied to the National Call for Proposals 2015 as well as those holding funding agreements with IRCC (formerly CIC), the federal department will soon begin the process of extending contribution agreements to “ensure the continuation of core services under the Settlement and Resettlement programs.”

Results of the Call for Proposals is expected to be announced later in 2016-2017, once urgent needs arising from the Syrian refugee initiative have been addressed.

At this time, we don’t know what this development means in terms of individual programs funded by IRCC, but our IRCC officers contacted us this morning to begin discussions, and we expect to have new information to share in the coming weeks.

I want to take this opportunity to assure staff the work that was done on the proposals is valued. However, the scale of the humanitarian crisis that the government is seeking to help alleviate with the assistance of organizations like ISSofBC is unprecedented and we need to focus our energies in working our way through the accompanying challenges.

I thank staff for your continuing hard work and for responding to ever-changing challenges with your usual professionalism and positive contributions. We will make every effort to ensure staff affected by this development are well-informed and supported throughout this process.

Patricia Woroch

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