Pass around the news to families and friends from your hometown. There is a new program that will provide support to immigrants even before they get on the plane en route to Manitoba. The pre-arrival pilot intervention is called “Ready for Manitoba! Program” (RMP), a Government of Canada funded initiative by Immigration Refugees Citizenship Canada (IRCC), formerly Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Participation in the RMP is available to clients who meet eligibility requirements, which include being pre-selected by IRCC or by Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) as approved permanent residents bound for Manitoba. Introduced in Manila, by His Excellency, Ambassador of Canada to the Philippines, Neil Reeder last January 22, 2016, the RMP will be facilitated by Extended Education, University of Manitoba, in partnership with the Canadian Embassy in Manila.
“The RMP provides comprehensive orientation, strategic career pathway planning and a settlement plan to prepare immigrants for a successful cultural and economic transition to Manitoba,” Lualhati Marcelino, International Program Coordinator says.
Pre-arrival services include onsite workshops, face-to-face meetings, virtual classroom, live webinars and online resources to support career planning and settlement. Aside from the Philippines, RMP will also be implemented in India and China later this year.
Information that are essentially Manitoba in context are relevant to coming immigrants to help them understand, adapt and integrate.
Winnipeger Cecile Beltran, IT specialist and co-founder of Life of Peg commends the government for its continuous commitment to support immigrants like her. “Filipinos are highly-skilled but some have difficulty applying for the jobs they like despite having the skills because they lack the proper language skills. “ Cecile believes that RMP will be a valuable tool so Manitoba-bound immigrants can prepare themselves on how they can live up to the standards of Canadian society.
While the RMP focuses on pre-arrival services, the support for newcomers does not end once they arrive in Manitoba as post-arrival services available through settlement organizations like Manitoba Start, Immigrant Centre Manitoba and many more await them. (And of course, the vibrant warm Filipino hospitality any season, all year round.).
The RMP is free and non-compulsory. In order to participate, immigrants must provide a copy of their permanent residency approval letter from IRCC or MPNP to Lualhati.Marcelino@umanitoba.ca. For more information, Like and Follow the RMP on Facebook: Facebook.com/ReadyForManitoba and on Twitter: @ReadyforMB.
Additional information about the RMP can be found on this link:
(Thank you Lualhati Marcelino and Ces Beltran for providing valuable time and information).
(Written by: Donna Natividad-Arenas for Filipino Sun: February 10, 2016)
Photo credit : Nelson Nonie Manalili