Planning for Canada

Planning for Canada: A Continuum of Pre-arrival Services for Immigrants to Canada

What is Planning for Canada?

Funded by the Government of Canada, Planning for Canada is a free pre-arrival program that provides economic and family class immigrants with the right information, tools, and Canadian contacts while they prepare to move to Canada. As a result, newcomers are better equipped to find work that reflects their skills and education as well as make informed settlement decisions.

What does Planning for Canada offer?

  • Full-day group orientation session on preparing for life in Canada
  • Personalized one-hour planning session on career and settlement goals
  • Connections to Canadian organizations for additional guidance
  • Access to specialized online information sessions and workshops

Who are the program partners?

Planning for Canada is jointly delivered by the Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA) program and the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP). COA is a program of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and CIIP is a program of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). Both COA and CIIP are leaders in conducting pre-arrival services. COA has offered pre-arrival sessions to economic and family class immigrants since 2001 and has served over 5,000 participants to date. CIIP has offered pre-arrival services to economic immigrants since 2007 and has served over 30,000 participants to date.

Since 2007, Red River College has been a Focal Point Partner in Manitoba delivering pre-arrival online educational and career advising to Manitoba-bound immigrants while they are still in their country of origin. This service enables immigrants to prepare effectively overseas to understand and meet the credential, language and skill requirements needed to achieve economic integration in Manitoba.

This 7:28 minute video explains the program’s pre-arrival services, as well as the settlement, language and employment services upon arrival in Manitoba.

For more information visit or check this informational handout about this program.