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$300K in grant funding supports initiatives for newcomers in the city

A $300,000 grant will help the city with its Grande Prairie Inclusive and Caring Community Initiative for the next two years. The funding will help the city to attract newcomers to the community and help keep them in the area.

Director of Community Social Development for the city Angela Sutherland says the funding will allow the municipal government to support employers when it comes to integrating new residents.

“Employers, service providers, ethnocultural organizations, and all community members have a role in filling labour gaps, stimulating the economy, and fostering a sustainable, inclusive ecosystem that welcomes newcomers to Grande Prairie,” Sutherland says.

Over two years the grant funding is expected to help increase awareness of resources, services, and programs that newcomers can access, while also helping the city improve its understanding of the needs of those moving to the region. This includes includes employer engagement sessions, service provider and ethnocultural organization engagement sessions, and a employer retention package which will include a culture integration guide.

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The city will receive the Settlement, Integration, and Language Project Grant funding over the next two years from the Alberta Government.

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