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Immigration and Refugee Settlement

The Issue

Housing Affordability

Municipal governments play an essential role in helping newcomers settle into Canadian life.  

Welcoming communities, able to provide adequate housing, accessible transit, employment, language and cultural supports and services are essential to providing every opportunity for newcomers to succeed.

Canada's economic future is tied directly to our ability to successfully attract, settle, and retain immigrants and refugees. Still, newcomers face significant barriers to success and are falling behind their non-immigrant counterparts. Municipalities big and small are looking for new ways to attract, retain and integrate newcomers, and must be part of a national solution to successful settlement of refugees and immigrants. Municipalities continue to expand their role in the national efforts to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees in 2016; coordinating local efforts, providing information portals, offering free transit and recreation services and finding innovative ways to support the successful integration of Syrian refugees

Working in partnership with the municipal sector, the federal government must:

  • Coordinate efforts to meet immediate and urgent resettlement targets.
  • Collaborate with municipal governments and local settlement organizations to develop a plan to expand newcomer services in urban and Rural regions across Canada, including support for accessing adequate and affordable housing.
  • Expand the availability of social housing stock and take action to increase housing affordability.       
  • Increase support for the work municipalities are currently doing to successfully settle newcomers. 

FCM Resources

Welcome to canada Starting on Solid Ground

FCM Task Force on Refugee Resettlement

Starting on Solid Ground:
The Municipal Role in Immigrant Settlement

Quick Facts


# of Syrian refugees have arrived in Canada as of January 20, 2016

Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada


Communities are preparing to welcome Syrian refugees

Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada


Number of immigrants to Canada in 2014

Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Page Updated: 09/08/2016