Pre-Arrival Services – Planning for Canada

Pre-Arrival Services – Planning for Canada

Planning for Canada (formally known as (CIIP) Canadian Immigrant Integration Program) provides free pre-arrival orientation to eligible immigrants, their spouse and adult dependents while they are still overseas during their final stage of immigration process. The purpose of Planning for Canada is to enhance the economic integration of newcomers to Canada. To achieve this goal, Planning for Canada program provides comprehensive information, planning and support to eligible new Canadians in collaboration with partner organizations within Canada and internationally.

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have launched a new joint initiative: Planning for Canada. This is a ground breaking partnership that builds on years of experience providing pre-arrival support to individuals and families preparing for their move to Canada.

Both CICan and the IOM are recognized leaders in the immigrant-support sector. CICan has been implementing the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) since 2007 while the IOM has been implementing the Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA) program since 1998. Collectively, they have served over 115,000 economic and family class immigrants to date.

Funded by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Planning for Canada is a free service that provides prospective immigrants with information, tools and vital connections to Canadian partners. The suite of services includes:
• One full-day group orientation session
• Individualized planning sessions
• Referrals to a network of 55 Canadian partner organizations
• Access to specialized online information sessions and workshops

Planning for Canada will help newcomers find work that reflects their skills and education, and assist them in making informed settlement decisions. The program will be offered in-person in 12 countries, with the capacity to deliver online services worldwide. Services are available in English and French.

For info on eligibility visit

To register for Planning for Canada visit

For further information, please contact:
Echo Gao
Manager of Settlement and Pre-arrival Programs
Phone: 604.547.1237

Planning for Canada (CIIP) website: